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Yorkshire Arboretum Newsletter - Issue 7 - April 2016

Yorkshire Arboretum Newsletter - Issue 7 - April

NEWSLETTER April 2016 FROM THE DIRECTOR along and learn more about this and other aspects of the arboretum’s activities. EMAIL ADDRESSES If we don’t already have your email address on our files please email us or phone 01653 648598 We hope this newsletter is useful, informative & helps you enjoy the Yorkshire Arboretum. Please send your feedback, together with your photos, stories & suggestions for topics you’d like to see covered in the next issue to the contact details on the back. In this issue: From the Director 1 Exclusive Garden Openings The Arboretum Café 2 Sponsorship 2 The Arboretum Shop 2 Ray Wood 3 Staff News 3 Education 3 Curatorial Notes 4 Coming Soon 4 2 I am delighted to announce that the Yorkshire Arboretum has been awarded a first round pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund for our project ‘If Trees Could Talk’, with funding of £44,400. This enables us to work up plans and develop the project for a second-round bid in about a year’s time. We’ve been working on this for over two years so this is extremely welcome news. It’s a preliminary stage in the HLF process, but a significant hurdle, and now we’ve got to buckle down and prepare the full bid for a project expected to cost about £500,000. Our aim is to make the arboretum sustainable in the long term by greatly expanding its activities and engagement with local communities, and making it more ‘accessible’ in every sense. A network of hard paths is planned, but it’s also about making information about the collection and site ‘accessible’. We’re planning to create special areas for learning and interacting with trees and the environment, a new learning and activity centre for an expanding education programme, enhanced interpretation and a propagation area. It’s an extremely exciting situation to be in and we will focus on the HLF project at our Member’s Afternoon on 18th May (see also p.4). This will give us the opportunity to tell you about the project in more detail, and for you to raise questions about it, so do come I used the word ‘sustainable’ above. In 2015 it cost nearly £1000 a day to run the arboretum, including equipment, infrastructure and personnel investments. Income is about half this, with the deficit made up from legacy capital. Although income is rising steadily as visitor and member numbers increase, it will be some time before we break even. We hope the ‘If Trees Could Talk’ project will help us achieve break even by attracting more visitors – 50 a day through the year would do it. In the meantime we are embarking on a fundraising campaign to support general expenditure and development projects – such as dredging the lake. We’ll be looking for external funding wherever possible, but hope that members and supporters will help too. A leaflet accompanying this newsletter explains how a bequest could help the arboretum continue to thrive long into the future. More immediately you can support us by visiting the gardens that are being opened specially this spring and summer (see p.2). I hope to see you at the arboretum soon. John Grimshaw director@yorkshirearboretum.org