From the smallest Acorn a mighty Oak tree may grow...

Oct 2, 2017

By Chris McDonald.

Its very exciting to see this year's Acorns sown in their Root trainers ready to burst into life. Now the hard bit, waiting patiently to see what germinates?


New Team Member welcomed to Chevithorne Barton

Jul 31, 2017

By Chris McDonald .

It is great to see Tom Butler join the garden team here at Chevithorne Barton. Tom is an experienced horticulturalist with fantastic plant knowledge. After starting at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens as a volunteer in 2011, Tom soon rose up the ranks to being in charge of the propagation unit and plant nursery.

Along with 14 other genera, Sir Haro


Appointment of New Head Gardener

Mar 1, 2017

By James MacEwen .

The team at Chevithorne Barton are delighted that Chris McDonald has been
appointed Head Gardener of Chevithorne Barton, home of the National Oak Collection. Chris has the drive and enthusiasm to really move the gardens forward, improving on the
already high standards, Chris is looking forward to the challenge. His
background in garden


Winter Planting commences

Dec 5, 2016

By Chris McDonald .

The winter planting 2016/2017 has begun. There are over 20 trees joining the collection this year. The one pictured is particularly special as its the first Oak tree I have planted at Chevithorne Barton. There is something very cathartic about planting trees and I look forward to seeing this Quercus longinux grow to maturity (Woody -&nb


New beginnings

Nov 28, 2016

By Vicky Quick .

Chevithorne Barton is very excited that Chris McDonald has accepted a gardening position at Chevithorne Barton. Chris is joining the team from Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey Hampshire. Being an experienced horticulturalist and enthusiastic Quercophile we're sure he'll fit right in... exciting times ahead 


Notice posted on the International Oak Society website

Apr 7, 2016

By James MacEwen.

It is with great sadness that I share with IOS members the news that Michael Heathcoat Amory died on the 24th of February.

His passion for oaks was made manifest in his arboretum at Chevithorne Barton, which will be enjoyed by many future generations. He contributed gene


Michael Heathcoat Amory (1941 - 2016)

Feb 27, 2016

By James MacEwen.

Michael Heathcoat Amory died on the 24th of February 2016, founder of the national oak collection at Chevithorne Barton.

He will be greatly missed by his family & many friends.