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Rare tree to be planted at Down House in memory of Charles Darwin’s captain

PUBLISHED: 11:42 17 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:43 17 November 2015

Down House tree

Down House tree

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The Fitzroya cupressoides, a rare conifer from South America, will be planted in Downe in memory of Darwin’s travel companion, and captain of HMS Beagle, Robert FitzRoy

A rare tree named after the man who captained Charles Darwin’s voyage of discovery is to be planted this week at the scientist’s home, Down House.

The Fitzroya cupressoides, a rare conifer from South America, will be planted in Downe in memory of Darwin’s travel companion, and captain of HMS Beagle, Robert FitzRoy after being donated by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Rowan Blaik, head gardener for English Heritage at Down House, said: “All of the team here at Down House are delighted to accept this plant from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and hope it adds another tale to the fantastic story of natural history told at the home of Charles Darwin.

“Robert FitzRoy was a key figure in Darwin’s journey of discovery and is worthy of being honoured at the site.”

The planting will take place ahead of Origin Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, Down House’s annual celebration of the naturalist’s work, where the site will host a variety of talks and tours, and a house quest for children.


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