Last wednesday (Dec 3rd) our patron H.E. The Lieutenant Governor General Sir John McColl KCB CBE DSO and his wife, Gene, kindly agreed to plant a rare Eucylyptus (Euclayptus Scoparia) in our Arboretum at Val de la Mare. Thankfully the weather was kind which enabled a good turnout of current members as well as the public to enjoy the proceedings. This planting celebrates the arrival of several rare tree species, including the Dorrigo White Gum and the actual tree planted by the Lieutenant Governor, the Wallangarra White Gum, which are the only examples in Europe! The occasion also coincides with the Arboretum becoming an important tree conservation site as part of the ‘Threatened Conifers of the World’ project for which the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh is providing us with 11 rare conifers that include 6 different species. One, a Juniper, from Cuba was grown from the seed of one of only 50 plants that survive in the wild. We’ll also be planting specimens provided by the national Pinetum, Bedgebury. After The Lieutenant Governor had planted the tree, a guided tour of some of the many trees at the Arboretum was conducted by our very own Arboriculturist Conrad Evans.