Yorkshire Arboretum Newsletter - Issue 1 - May 2013



Inside this issue:


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


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

members@yorkshirearboretum.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


A new approach... 2

...and a new path 2

Seasonal highlights: The

Director’s perspective

Members’ Afternoon

Thursday 6th June

Members’ Coffee





What’s On 3

Membership Renewal 3

News from Ray Wood 4

Prunings from the




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.


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.

Yorkshire Arboretum Members’ Newsletter

Page 2


We’ve been working to improve the

approach to the Visitor Centre, previously

rather unwelcoming and hardly visible

through dense conifers. Felling took place

in December and since then the area has

looked rather desolate. No longer!

Matthews Ltd. of Tenbury Wells, Worcs.

New grass has been sown to cover the

ground so very soon the transformation will

be complete.

Mike Hainsworth

in action in the

car park



The arboretum

and café are now

open until 6pm

every Saturday

and Sunday until

31 October—an

ideal opportunity

for an afternoon


As well as being a

delicious treat

during your visit, a

selection of the

café’s renowned

home-made cakes

are also available

to take away—

enjoy our cake in

your home!

Last week, with incredible skill, precision

and delicacy, our contractor Mike

Hainsworth extracted the tree roots and

graded the ground with his digger. He then

proceeded, with rather more vigour, to

create a few extra car parking spaces.

Next day, Nicola Hall and the Tree Team

volunteers planted a selection of attractive

new trees, some from our partner, RBG

Kew, others generously provided by FP

We’ve also been busy improving access into

the arboretum for those visitors with

limited mobility, those with pushchairs and


buggies, and indeed all visitors during wet

periods when the grass paths become


Our splendid new path, which wends its

way from the Visitor Centre to the track by

the lake, via the Katsura Grove, is being

completed as we go to press. As with all

new construction it looks a little stark

against the landscape at the moment but

will soon soften in and become a welcome

addition to the arboretum.


This is my first spring here and after the

miserably long winter it is lovely to see the

arboretum coming back to life.

I find the subtle shades of green seen in

breaking foliage more attractive than

gaudier autumn colours —and more

optimistic, promising a future, not an end.

These are the forerunners of the bulbs we

plan to plant annually from now on, as part

of the Trust’s plans to enhance the beauty

of the arboretum with more flowering

plants through the year.

As I write, the pheasants-eye daffodils and

camassias we planted last autumn are

coming into full flower and promise a

splendid show.

May 2013 Page 3



All members are cordially invited to join

Alastair Fitter, Chair of Trustees, and John

Grimshaw, Director, to hear about the

Trust’s plans to protect and develop the

long-term future of the Yorkshire


There will be a couple of short

presentations on our investment strategy,

landscape management plan and financial

ambitions followed by an open discussion

so do please bring along any questions

you’d like to ask.

Please join us at 4pm for a cup of tea and a

slice of home-made cake from the

Arboretum Café. The meeting will then

start at 4.30 pm, with talks lasting no more

than 30 minutes. The floor will then be

open to members to raise any topics or

questions they may have.

Afterwards Alastair and John will be leading

a walk through the arboretum, which

members are welcome to join.

For catering purposes, we’d be grateful if

you could let us know if you plan to attend

this event on 01653 648598 or by email at





Starting on the 5th

June, we are inviting

members to come to

the arboretum on the

first Wednesday of

each month for a cup

of coffee and an

informal presentation

from one of the team,

including a short walk into the arboretum

to see what projects they’re working on.

Presentations start at 11.30, so get your

coffee in good time! Details for each coffee

morning will be on the website.

June 2

June 3

Watercolour class

Members’ Preview of an Exhibition by

Susan Neale, Artist-in-Residence

June 4 Impressions of the Yorkshire

- 16 Arboretum—Exhibition by our


June 5

June 6

Members’ Coffee Morning

(presentation by Nicola Hall, Plant

Records & Tree Team Manager, 11.30am)

Members’ Afternoon, 4pm

June 13 Horticultural Lecture Series

Paul Evans, A wildflower meadow

walk, 7.30pm

June 21 Volunteers’ Garden Party, 6.30pm

July 3

Members’ Coffee Morning

More details for all

events can be

found on the

website and in the

Visitor Centre.

Updates will be

sent by email, or

please check the

What’s On board in

the Visitor Centre

on your next visit.

Don’t forget Wild

About Wood on the




If you have not yet renewed your

membership for 2013, please do so soon to

continue receiving your membership


Membership now runs for 12 months, not

over a calendar year, so a renewal now will

run until May or June 2014

“members only” entry during February

Free entry to the Royal Botanic Gardens,

Kew, Westonbirt, the Bedgebury

Pinetum, Kent and HDRA Ryton Organic

Gardens, Coventry

Free spring and autumn tours of Ray


Don’t forget that, in addition to supporting

the work of the arboretum your

membership includes:

Unlimited entry to the arboretum for 10

months per year including exclusive

Discounted or free entry to a range of

arboretum events

Membership Application Forms can be

downloaded from the website (click on the Get

Involved tab, then Membership) or picked up at

the Visitor Centre.

Brochure design: www.marketingbyignite.com

May 2013 Page 4


The restoration work in Ray Wood that has

taken place over the past three years,

funded by The Monument Trust and

Foundation Arboretum Wespelaar, has

been spectacularly justified this spring by

the magnificent flowering of the

rhododendrons. They are enjoying the

increased light levels and freedom from

competing vegetation.

New trails have been devised to guide

visitors to interesting plants, and a new

informational booklet about the garden has

been produced by Castle Howard.

An exhibit of rhododendrons from Ray

Wood staged at RHS Harlow Carr last

month won several prizes, and drew the

collection to the notice of the public.

Members’ guided tours of Ray Wood will be

on the 28th May, 1st June, 27th & 29th

October. Please book at the Visitor Centre.

We hope this newsletter

is useful, informative and

helps you gain the most

from your membership

of the Yorkshire


Kathryn Hardaker, our Education Officer,

recently spent some time at Hackfall Wood,

running pond-dipping sessions. Here are

excerpts from two of the thank you letters

received from the children, aged 9:

Elise: “I loved the pond dipping! I caught a

few tadpoles, a newt and a big frog!”

Alex: “We caught 3 tadpoles, a newt and

that big frog that Elise stole from us!”

Did you know that the Arboretum Café was

awarded a 5* Food Hygiene Rating (the

best possible) after a recent inspection? A

resounding endorsement of the work of


Diane King and all the café team and yet

another reason to indulge in their delicious

home-made fare!

We warmly welcome Jackie Ray and

Christine Pietrowski as our new voluntary

Volunteer Coordinators. They are busy

bringing our volunteer database up to date

and have produced new role descriptions

for areas where we’re looking for volunteer

assistance. These are available on the

volunteering page of our website, or by

request from the Visitor Centre desk. You

can contact Jackie and Chris on


Please send your

feedback, together with

your photos, stories and

suggestions for topics

you’d like to see covered

in the next issue to


Castle Howard


YO60 7BY

p: 01653 648598

e: members@yorkshirearboretum.org

w: www.yorkshirearboretum.org

The Yorkshire Arboretum is indebted to the many talented photographers whose work illustrates these pages. These include, amongst others, Harry & Joyce Kingman,

John Grimshaw, Ron Cooke and Roy Howell. All photos & illustrations remain © of their respective copyright owners and are used with permission.

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