Authors, Poets, Presenters and Musicians

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Michael Tree


MICHAEL TREE was born and brought up in Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire. His first job was as a pupil on the 32,000 acre Cawdor Estate based near Llandeilo. He qualified as Land Agent at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester before working in private practice in both South Wales and the West Country. Michael moved to London to take up a post with the Crown Estate Commissioners as Asset Manager for their urban estates at Regent's Park (the Nash Terrraces) and Kensinton Palace Gardens (Millionaires Row). At that time he acquired Trevor Hall at Llangollen personally, which he rescued from almost complete dereliction at weekends; he later went on to rescue Hendre House, near Llanrwst. Subsequently, Michael worked with others to rescue Plas Kynaston, Ruabon.

Michael is currently breathing life back into his 1540 home at Llanfair Waterdine. Whilst at Hendre, he wrote a book on 'Forgotten Welsh Houses'. Michael is currently working on another book, this time on Welsh Estates, which will be referred to in the subject of his talk.

Michael is a Trustee for a Midlands Agricultural Estate, has occupied the Chair of The Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, and that of the Historic Houses in Wales, and is currently on the Advisory Board of Bangor University's Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates.