Friday December 6, 2019

Preserving the roots of the past

Thomas Pakenham is on a lifelong quest to establish a living legacy – a majestic arboretum – on his family estate at Tullynally in Co Westmeath. In his new book, The Company of Trees, he recounts his efforts to preserve Ireland’s magnificent old tree

6th September, 2015
Thomas Pakenham on his family estate, Tullynally Picture: Barry Cronin

In the first week of February 1961, I was 27 and had just got a job as a cub reporter in London on the diary of the new-born Sunday Telegraph. That week, as the newspaper rolled from the presses, I heard news that was to change the direction of my life.

My father’s elder brother Edward, the 6th Earl of Longford, was then 58 and a remarkable man in many different ways. He was a passionate Irish...

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