News and Events

Recent news articles and up and coming events

Planting ceremonies in June 2022

Hole Park Lime Avenue KMOTT presented 70 Lime Trees to Hole Park near Rolvenden to celebrate HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the Prince of Wales’s tree planting initiative. The site is on both sides of an existing public footpath to form an avenue and the intention is to also plant daffodils between the trees…

Ladham House visit – 15 June 2022

On a perfect Summer’s afternoon, an enthusiastic group of two dozen members met as agreed at Ladham House near Goudhurst. Whilst the Kent Men have visited once before in 2009, we were excited to return to this beautiful garden and to observe the improvements made by the Johnson family. We were guided through the walk…

Sir Charles Jessel Obituary

The funeral of KMOTT’s former President, Sir Charles Jessel, Bt, took place on Wednesday, the 20th of April. He was 97. He studied PPE at Balliol College, Oxford and, after call-up, served in the final years of the war in the 15th/19th The Kings Royal Hussars. He was, in fact, the last surviving war-time officer…

2022 programme of events

We finally have a year packed with KMOTT events! 2022 looks set to be one of the best yet, with several long awaited get-togethers planned, including local day visits – and of course, the long trip, this year to Gloucestershire. Full details and directions for each event will be emailed to members nearer the time….

Kernow bys vyken

On October 11th 2021 fourteen brave souls took the perilous journey to the far West and into the land of the Celts. Would they be met with hostility as foreign invaders? We knew that the journey would be long and to add a semblance of normality to our fatigued state we stopped off at Stover…

Trees for Kent universities

The Kent Men of the Trees is proud to have supplied 50 trees for two university sites in Kent. The first, at the recently established Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) on Kent’s Canterbury campus and the second, outside the Verena Holmes Building on Canterbury Christ Church University campus. The trees were planted late last year…

Aldington trees in May

On 12th May 2021 – in glorious warm sunshine, 17 members visited Charles Aldington’s lovely landscape garden overlooking Romney Marsh. We were generously given nearly 2 hours of his time on a guided walk around the woodland and formal gardens enjoying huge views enhanced by careful planting to maximise their impact. Charles has recently published…

Visit to Hill Farm Oast Arboretum, Yalding

Hooray!  Kent Men of the Trees has actually managed a visit in this year of plague!  On Monday  6th July 2020 eleven members met on Yalding Hill to view the six acre arboretum created by Mr Paul Reddy over the last twenty-five years at Hill Farm Oast.  He has done this more or less single…

KMOTT 2020 Annual General Meeting CANCELLED

Following the recent guidelines on COVID-19, the KMOTT AGM 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELLED. The situation will be monitored and we hope to re-schedule the AGM when it is safe to do so. We apologise for any inconvenience but will be in touch again once a new date has been decided.

A summer’s day at South Hill

On the 17th of July 2019 twenty five members toured Sir Charles Jessel’s estate at South Hill, Hastingleigh in glorious sunny weather. Sir Charles, riding his high-powered, turbo-charged buggy led us first through the garden and informed us that except for the gigantic specimen of Tilia adjacent to the house every other tree and shrub…