Old trees are treasures that need good care

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  1. Old trees were immortalised for children in Enid Blytons The Magic Faraway Tree. Creating a tree house remains a fantasy for young children. Picture: Supplied
  2. One of the most important barriers to disease is found at the'branch collar', the place where the branch of a tree grows out of the main stem, or trunk.
  3. The lavender tree is the 2014 Tree of the Year. Picture: Supplied
  4. Arborists, such as John Parker, have the knowledge and equipment needed to prune, treat, fertilise, and maintain large, old and valuable trees. Picture: Lukas Otto
  5. A giant old cabbage tree with its many branches graces the Pretoria Botanical Gardens. Picture: Kay Montgomery

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