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Michael Heathcoat Amory (1941 - 2016)

Michael Heathcoat Amory at Chevithore Barton, trimming a Quercus phellos following snow damage. Photo: © 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 generously to acorn-collecting expeditions that enhanced other arboreta as well as his own.

He was proud of his involvement and support for the IOS and their support for his collection, often welcoming IOS members at Chevithorne and hosting an Oak Open Day in 2011.

A remarkable man whose legacy is one of the great oak collections in the world.

A memorial service will be held at St Luke's Church, Sydney Street, London SW3 6NH, on June 29, 2016, at noon.




Fuller tributes to Michael and his oaks will appear in the IOS Journal, International Oaks.

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