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Yorkshire Arboretum Newsletter - Issue 6 - August 2015

Yorkshire Arboretum Newsletter - Issue 6 - August

MEMBERS NEWSLETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR August 2015 Visitor Centre Possible Early Closing Due to wedding ceremonies taking place at the arboretum, it is possible that the café and Visitor Centre may close early on the following dates: 8th and 31st August 19th and 26th September Please note that access to the arboretum will not be affected by wedding ceremonies or any early closure of the Centre EMAIL ADDRESSES If we don’t already have your email address on our files please email us or phone 01653 648598 In this issue: From the Director 1 HRH The Prince of Wales 2 News from the Café 2 Weddings 2 New Loos! 2 Bee Programme 3 Staff News 3 Event News 4 A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to take a helicopter ride over the arboretum and surroundings, which gave a completely new perspective on a familiar scene. Most particularly it demonstrated the extraordinary vision Jim Russell had when he planned and then planted the site from 1979 – the interplay of glade and grove and the varied textures and colours of the trees so skilfully arranged. To carry this vision through the next few decades we have commissioned a masterplan from landscape architect Harry Watkins of Rootstock. This will guide us as we continue to develop the arboretum with new features and new plantings, making it even more attractive as a place to visit, while ensuring that its unique character is preserved. Concurrently with this we are working on a new Heritage Lottery Fund bid that focuses on education, interpretation and accessibility, promoting the Yorkshire Arboretum’s rich heritage of trees and biodiversity to a wider audience. This will be submitted in early September and we’ll hear if we’ve been lucky in November. We already transmit our guiding principles of inspiration, education and conservation – however one wishes to interpret them - through our programme of events and activities that run throughout the year. If you haven’t taken part in anything yet do have a look at our What’s On booklet, or search the website for something that might appeal to you. Many are free, including our Members' Coffee Mornings, with refreshments from our cafe. The programme of activities for children is particularly extensive this summer, with the arboretum offering plenty of things for kids to do in a place that parents and grandparents can also enjoy – with the benefit of the café’s excellent refreshments too. It’s not easy to keep such a large site looking so good with limited resources, but I think the arboretum has been looking its best ever this spring and summer, thanks to the hard work of our staff and volunteers. The wildflowers have been amazing, with the meadow mixtures sown in as part of the B- Lines project funded by Buglife being now well established and contributing masses of colour and interest. These commodities are also supplied by our now happily freeranging peacocks and guineafowl which bring a bustle of activity to many unexpected spots. John Grimshaw