The hunt is launched for Cumbria’s top 50 trees

Alan Cleaver relaxes under a magnificent tree at the 'lost' Japanese garden in Eskdale

Alan Cleaver relaxes under a magnificent tree at the ‘lost’ Japanese garden in Eskdale

A HUNT for Cumbria’s top 50 trees has been launched at Whitehaven Library.

Forestry expert Iris Glimmerveen launched the Lottery-funded project during a talk at the library.

She said: “It can be any tree in Cumbria no matter how old, what species, how small or large – it’s more about the story that goes with it.”

As an example she tells of her favourite tree: a fallen birch tree in Geltsdale, near Carlisle.

“It is a tree that has fallen over but started growing again. I have known it for a long time and it inspired me to go and learn about trees and upper woodland pastures. It also inspired me take up watercolour painting.”

Iris is hoping that people will share the stories behind their own inspirational trees during the 18 month project.

Towards the end of the project, the nominations will be shown in an exhibition and people will be asked to vote for the county’s top 50 trees.

It is also hoped to publish a booklet and website about the trees.

To find out more visit www.woodlandinspirations.eu.

By Alan Cleaver