November, 2018

Dear Andrew
Again many thanks for a most interesting tour of the Beale Arboretum today.
Everyone not only enjoyed themselves but came away better informed about trees. The weather, although a little windy, was on the whole kind to us. I marvel at the foresight that people like yourself, your Father and Grandfather has/had in planning the layout of an Arboretum and, although you shrugged this off by saying that it’s just an understanding of the trees and how they grow, it nevertheless requires a dedication, not only to conserve but to allow the specimen trees to be seen and enjoyed. You certainly portrayed this during the tour, particularly in displaying your enthusiasm for what you do and all with such few staff. You also did well in testing our knowledge, not only of Latin but also a little bit of history.

Your commitment to the conservation of the species of trees is totally obvious in the way that the Arboretum is laid out, the trees together in groups was particularly enlightening. Also the way that leaves are at this time of year left on the ground to add more overall colour to the surround.

With regard to the afternoon tea, this was greatly appreciated by all, not only on the quality but on the quantity of fare that was provided. Our waitress, Lucy, looked after us all very well and can be commended on the quality of service provided.

I know that Tina Beckley-Luck has left for pastures new, but I spoke with her earlier in the year when arranging this return visit, but I will drop Louise Fickling a line to thank her for her contribution to such an enjoyable afternoon.

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