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Benmore Forest and Gardens 1931
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No: 4141   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 2018
Benmore Forest and Gardens 1931

The leaflet is courtesy of Glenbranter Forest office staff with particular thanks to Ian Adams who has stored these old files for many years.

It is not certain whether this leaflet was ever published in full format or not as the example that has been uncovered has no hard cover or introduction item. There is also no publication date or indication of who is the author but the reference to the imminent formation of the Forest Garden on Kilmun Hill indicates that this was most likely written about 1930-31. This period coincides with the times John Fraser and also A H Gosling were in post as District officers and Mr J M Murray as Divisional Officer. On the other hand the fact that it was printed by R and R Clark, Edinburgh and the detailed listing of many of the garden species could indicate that the work was at least part written by a member of the Royal Botanic Garden staff, Edinburgh.

The leaflet gives short history of Benmore Estate, the forest plantings by James Duncan from 1870 some of the tree species used and then lays out quite a detailed description of the garden and some indications of the broad range of species planted particularly that of Rhododendron. In addition to the description of Benmore House and other buildings the writer devotes a chapter each to Pucks Glen and the Forest Garden before ending with a fuller description of the Woods and Plantations which were mainly planted by the then owners James Duncan and lastly Harry George Younger. The latter gifted the Estate and the House to the Forestry Commission at which point the House Policies and Gardens were entrusted to the Office of Works and presumably from there on to Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. Full leaflet in the attached PDF

The final half of the leaflet is devoted to 12 high quality black and white photographs of Benmore House and some of its interior rooms, landscape views in the garden, similar in Pucks Glen and views up Loch Eck and of Cruach Wood.

Any information on the writers of this leaflet would be very welcome.
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