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The flora and fauna of the local country estates '“ Howick Hall and The Hirsel '“ beautifully captured on camera by Tommy Newlands, provided Berwick Probus Club with an enjoyable morning on Wednesday.

Sunday, 11th September 2016, 8:00 am

Both estates have been the home of Prime Ministers - Earl Grey and Sir Alec Douglas Home – and both have a remarkable range of plants and trees, many from seeds gathered from China and the Far East by collectors.

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Great oaks from The Hirsel were used for central pillars in the recent rebuilding of The Globe Theatre in London and the east and west arboretums at Howick, nearly all of them listed, draw visitors from all over the world. Wild flower meadows have been developed.

Mr Newlands said the flora and fauna was a huge subject to tackle. At The Hirsel with its walled garden, Dundock Wood and five surviving Wellingtonians, as well as its famous tulip tree planted in 1740, there were all types of birds and animals.

While Howick Hall has successfully retained its red squirrels, he had so far only managed to take shots of greys.