Tall Trees ~ Great Ones I have Known

Imperceptibly Nature builds those mighty pillars with aisle innumerable, arches multiplex, in the cathedral of the forest.

One of the best things to be said of the stories in this volume, Tall Trees written by Richard St. Barbe Baker is that, although they are not biographical but rather reminiscences, they are about real persons who actually lived and performed their parts in the great drama of the St. Barbe’s quest to plant forests internationally, and save trees everywhere.   Some of these persons were more famous than others, yet all have left enduring roots in earth’s organism  and their names will not cease to be remembered.  The fact that there are a few more than two hundred and fifty famous people mentioned in the volume may be credited to the author’s wish to give good measure.

  • Tall Trees or Tall Timber, 1980
  • Great Ones I have Known
  • Sir George Albu
  • Sir Percy Alden
  • Captain Alexander
  • Field Marshall Viscount Allenby
  • Hussein Amanat
  • Bill Anderson
  • Anderson
  • William Anderson
  • Rukmani Divi Arundel
  • Lady Avebury
  • Lord Baden-Powell
  • Lady Baden-Powell
  • Noel Baker
  • Lady Eve Balfour
  • Hassan Balyuze
  • Philip Barling
  • Sir Evelyn Barling
  • Vernon Barran
  • Cicily Barran
  • Sir Hugh Beevor Bart
  • Sir Hugh Beevor
  • Sir Francis Dillon Bell
  • Captain Bellamy
  • Annie Besant
  • Lord Bessborough
  • Dr Bestot
  • Alvar Biddell
  • Sir James Hunter Blair
  • Rt. Hon. Viscount Bledisloe
  • Lady Blomfield
  • General Booth
  • Sheriff Breen
  • Colonel Hugh F Brennan
  • Sir Arthur Bryant
  • Peter Burt
  • Peter Caddy
  • Aileen Caddy
  • Jean Campbell
  • Major Ronnie Carrington
  • Herbert Casson
  • Aileen Causton
  • Sir John Chancellor
  • Dr Pearl Chase
  • Revd. Kelville Churchill
  • Elizabeth Claire
  • Sir Hugh Clifford
  • Betsan Coats
  • Stanton A. Coblentz
  • Leonora Cohen
  • Richard Henry Comyns
  • Dr. Coomaraswamy
  • Sir Robert Coroyden
  • Howard Coster
  • Lord Courthope
  • Colonel R.E. Crompton
  • Hilda Russell Cruise
  • Dr. Mona Russell Cruise
  • Dulca Davril
  • William Dawson
  • General de Gaulle
  • Alfonso de Mont Agel
  • Professor Debenham
  • Delius
  • Rt. Hon J.G. Diefenbaker
  • Watts Ditchfield
  • Sir Patrick W Donner
  • Sir Francis Drake
  • Pierre du Pont
  • Ursula Grant Duff
  • Major Hadcliffe Dugmore
  • Daniel Dunlop
  • Major Eric Dutton
  • Henry Van Dyke
  • Sir John Eden
  • Mrs. T.A. Edison
  • Shoghi Effendi
  • J. Elroy
  • Gerald Fergusson
  • Hazel Ffennell
  • Dr. John A. Finlay
  • Dr. W.H. Flecker
  • Dr. Forsyth
  • Nellie French
  • Dr Hugo Gaarcnery
  • Sir Philip Gane
  • Lady Gane
  • Charles Garcie
  • Betty Garcie
  • Madame Clarence Gasque
  • Lloyd George
  • Jean Giono
  • Madison Grant
  • Sir Wilfred T Grenfell
  • Colonel Ewart Grogan
  • Dr. Lord Haydon Guest
  • Dr. Gwatkin
  • Martin R. Haase
  • Captain C.F. Harrison
  • Colonel A.J. Harvey
  • Captain A.J. Harvie
  • Rupert Hempstead
  • Augustine Henry
  • Major Bob Herman
  • Arthur William Hill
  • Bridget G.E.L. Hill
  • Major Gen. Walter P.H. Hill
  • Lt. Col. Frank C. Hitchcock
  • Dr. Dan Hoffman
  • Seddon Holmes
  • President Hoover
  • Sir Reginald Hoskins
  • Claude Hulbert
  • Major Richard Henry John Humphries
  • Jackman
  • Jomo Kenyatta
  • Ruhiyyih Khanum
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Kitchener of
  • Major Richard Knight
  • Pamela Knight
  • Sir Alan Lascelles
  • Bernard Leach
  • Principal Exton Lloyd
  • Sir Edwin Lutyens
  • Marichal Lyoti
  • Ramsay Macdonald
  • Wilson MacDonald
  • Rt. Hon. Malcolm MacDonald
  • Lord Mainhead
  • Professor B. Malinowski
  • Mrs Geoffrey Marks
  • Dr. Martisus
  • John Masefield
  • Sir Henry Monk Mason
  • Dr. McLaren
  • Arthur Mee
  • Lil Messer
  • Mountford Mills
  • Sir Arrol Moir
  • Kenneth Mom
  • Countess Mountbatten
  • Sir William Mulock
  • Walter C Murray
  • The Hon. Mrs. Graham Murray
  • Helen Neering
  • Scott Neering
  • Prime Minister Nehru
  • Derek Neville
  • Josiah Njonjo
  • Major Nornabel
  • Nussolini
  • Sir Mark Oliphant
  • Edmund Henry Oliver
  • Sir Francis Dillon Oppenheimer
  • Lady Oppenheimer
  • Lord Boyd Orr
  • Pope Paul
  • Gifford Pinchot
  • Pope Pius
  • Majog Gen. Sir. John Ponsonby
  • C.E. Lane Poole
  • Lt. Col. Sir David Prain
  • Nancy Price
  • Lord Radstock
  • A.H. Read
  • A.R. Reaver
  • Marsh Roberts
  • William Robinson
  • Colonel Theodor Roosevelt
  • Franklin D Roosevelt
  • Martha Root
  • Sir Dennison Ross
  • Henry Rothel
  • Bertrand Russell
  • Lao Russell
  • Walter Russell
  • Lao Russell
  • Dr Rutherford
  • Vita Sackville-West
  • Lord Salvesen
  • Edwin Samuel
  • William Sarum
  • Neville Sarum
  • Sir Eric Saveill
  • Dr. Knut Scharnhorst
  • Viktor Schauberger
  • Michael Scott
  • J.W. Robertson Scott
  • Lord Francis Scott
  • John Seabrook
  • Lord Sempill
  • Lady Seton
  • Bernard Shaw
  • Sir Ernest Shipley
  • Gwen Slazenger
  • General Smuts
  • Dr. Spinks
  • Howard Spring
  • John Richard St. Barbe Baker
  • Baily Stevens
  • Theo A. Stevens
  • Marion Stevens
  • Sir John Stirling Maxwell
  • Dr. Eugene Stock
  • Herbert Stone
  • Lady Stuckley
  • Dowager Lady Swaytaling
  • Patrick W Synge
  • Edmund Bordeaux Szekely
  • Rabindranath Tagore
  • Qunland Terry
  • Hugh Tevis
  • Dr E.S. Thodey
  • Lowell Thomas
  • Douglas Thompson
  • Tilliment Thompson
  • Sir W. Miles Thompson
  • Sir Eruera Tirikatene
  • George Townsend
  • Monseignuer Abbe Tregard
  • Madame Trieux
  • Professor R.S. Troup
  • Major Tubb
  • Gordon Vokes
  • Dr. Karl von Schenk
  • Eric Waleron
  • Thea Walker
  • Kingdom Ward
  • Major General Wardrop
  • Derick Waterfield
  • Barbara Waterfield
  • Colonel Wauchope
  • Lord Wedgewood
  • H.G. Wells
  • V. Sackville West
  • Sam Williams
  • Captain Philip Wills
  • Lady Haliburton Wilson
  • Chinese Wilson
  • Father Woodford
  • Esme Wynne-Tyson
  • W.B. Yeats
  • Sir Francis Younghusband
  • H.R.H. Duke of Windsor
  • Eweka II OBA of Benin
  • The Lady of the Manor
  • The King of Sweden
  • H.M. The King of Norway
  •   Elwes
  •   Henry
  • The Earl of Portsmouth
  • The Duchess of Westminster
  • Suzuki Zen Buddhist
  • Bishop of the Yukon
  • Bonaparte des Arbres
  • Marquess of Wittingdon
  • Prince Henry
  • H.M. King George VI
  • H.M. Queen Elizabeth
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch
  • Sister Pat
  • D.U.R.

Knowing intimately as he did many of the notable persons of his time, St. Barbe has indeed kindly left behind in letters, correspondences and this unpublished volume, a tribute and a valuable portrait or even sketch of the great people he had met. What priceless words of Yeats he gathered up, which all the world would have eagerly read; what characteristic anecdotes he has told of Rabindranath Tagore,—what an insight he manifested into the man behind the Rt. Hon J.G. Diefenbaker; what noble things he related about Lord Bessborough; what inimitable facetiæ concerning the Baden-Powells; what spirited stories St. Barbe told of Mahatma Gandhi; what a light he cast over the life of Rudyard Kipling!

We cannot but be immensely grateful that these sketches were indeed written down and recorded. They have become immortal; for St. Barbe’s power in this line has been unequalled by any one who has written in these later days.

So to learn more about St. Barbe’s personal reminscences on these personages, slip down to the University of Saskatchewan Library – Archives and Special Collections Murray Building 4th Floor.  Learn more about St. Barbe University of Saskatchewan, University Archives & Special Collections, Richard St. Barbe Baker fonds, MG 71 and ask to see Box 19 Folder 6.

The study of life, like the study of a forest or a landscape, should begin with the most conspicuous features. Not until these have been fixed in memory will the lesser features fall into their appropriate places and assume their right proportions.

” In that vast evergreen forest Nature works in perfect rhythm; roots digging deep or exploring nearer the surface for food and moisture. Imperceptibly Nature builds those mighty pillars with aisle innumerable, arches multiplex, in the cathedral of the forest.” ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

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Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

P4G Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth The P4G consists of the Cities of Saskatoon, Warman, and Martensville, the Town of Osler and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park; planning for areas around the afforestation area and West Swale outside of Saskatoon city limits

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
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What was Richard St. Barbe Baker’s mission, that he imparted to the Watu Wa Miti, the very first forest scouts or forest guides?  To protect the native forest, plant ten native trees each year, and take care of trees everywhere.

“We stand in awe and wonder at the beauty of a single tree. Tall and graceful it stands, yet robust and sinewy with spreading arms decked with foliage that changes through the seasons, hour by hour, moment by moment as shadows pass or sunshine dapples the leaves. How much more deeply are we moved as we begin to appreciate the combined operations of the assembly of trees we call a forest.”~Richard St. Barbe Baker

“St. Barbe’s unique capacity to pass on his enthusiasm to others. . . Many foresters all over the world found their vocations as a result of hearing ‘The Man of the Trees’ speak. I certainly did, but his impact has been much wider than that. Through his global lecture tours, St. Barbe has made millions of people aware of the importance of trees and forests to our planet.” Allan Grainger

“The science of forestry arose from the recognition of a universal need. It embodies the spirit of service to mankind in attempting to provide a means of supplying forever a necessity of life and, in addition, ministering to man’s aesthetic tastes and recreational interests. Besides, the spiritual side of human nature needs the refreshing inspiration which comes from trees and woodlands. If a nation saves its trees, the trees will save the nation. And nations as well as tribes may be brought together in this great movement, based on the ideal of beautifying the world by the cultivation of one of God’s loveliest creatures – the tree.” ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker.

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