MEMBERS NEWSLETTER Inside this issue: WELCOME! Our members are the very roots of the Yorkshire Arboretum and we want to ensure that you’re kept up to date with all that goes on here. To that end, welcome to our very first newsletter as “The Yorkshire Arboretum”. I know that previously, for various reasons, the newsletter was issued only once a year. We now plan to bring you an assortment of updates, news, views, pictures, and What’s On information regularly throughout the year. The content will vary with the seasons and in response to your feedback so do please let me know what you’d like to see more (and possibly less!) of in these pages. If I may start our first issue with an appeal, please can I ask you to ensure we have your email address? With postal costs becoming ever more prohibitive we hope to conserve funds by communicating with our members exclusively via email May 2013 wherever possible. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01653 648598 to notify us of your email address or any changes to it. I’d also like to particularly draw your attention to the Members Afternoon on June 6th when Alastair Fitter, our Chair, and I hope to meet as many of you as possible for a discussion on our plans for the arboretum’s development. More details are on p.3, where you will also find information on other forthcoming events. If you’re unable to attend the Members’ Afternoon then I hope to see you on your next visit to the arboretum or at one of our events. In the meantime, thank you for continuing to support the arboretum via your membership. John Grimshaw email@example.com A new approach... 2 ...and a new path 2 Seasonal highlights: The Director’s perspective Members’ Afternoon Thursday 6th June Members’ Coffee Mornings 2 3 3 What’s On 3 Membership Renewal 3 News from Ray Wood 4 Prunings from the arboretum 4 NEIL BATTY S LONG SERVICE AWARD A presentation was made recently to Arboretum Operations Manager Neil Batty by Mr Simon Howard, to recognise his thirty years of service, first to Castle Howard and then to the arboretum. We are very grateful for Neil’s continued service, loyalty and hard work. We’re especially delighted to see him returned to work and well on the way to recovery after breaking his ankle in March. ND A NEW MEMBER OF THE TEAM We are delighted to welcome Susan Casey as our Visitor Services Coordinator four days per week (Fri – Mon), helping visitors with tickets and membership purchases, dealing with group and event bookings, looking after the Visitor Centre and being the welcoming face of the arboretum.