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Yorkshire Arboretum Newsletter - Issue 4 - August 2014

Yorkshire Arboretum Newsletter - Issue 4 - August

MEMBERS NEWSLETTER EMAIL ADDRESSES If we don’t already have your email address on our files please email us or phone 01653 648598 EARLY CLOSING Due to the Castle Howard Proms and the associated road closures, the arboretum and café will close to Members and visitors promptly at 3pm on Saturday 16th August (last admission 2pm). Castle Howard Estates Ltd apologise for any inconvenience caused. In this issue: From the Director 1 Grounds News 1 AONB Photographic Competition 1 FROM THE DIRECTOR It’s quite remarkable that August is already upon us as it seems only a matter of weeks since we reopened to our Members in February for the 2014 season. I hope that all of you have been enjoying the warm, sunny days that we’ve been blessed with recently. The collection has certainly thrived throughout this warm, moist summer and I hope you’ve had the chance to visit often to see for yourselves the lovely show of trees, shrubs and wildflowers across the arboretum. And still we have the autumn colour to come! It has been a busy time for the staff and volunteer teams on many projects across our curatorial, education and event programmes. Preparation work on our Heritage Lottery Fund submission continues GROUNDS NEWS New pathway planned: Work will begin shortly on laying a path from the Visitor Centre to the new Woodland Playground. This route has a tendency to become boggy and unpleasant to travel in wet weather and, as it is also used by school groups on their way to the Outdoor Classroom, it’s important that we make it safe and suitable for year-round use . The construction process used will be the same as that of the path from the Visitor Centre to the lake so the two will blend quickly to give the appearance of having always been in situ. Please bear with us during any mess caused by the construction. Bulb planting: In recent years we’ve undertaken an ambitious programme of bulb planting to add colour and texture to the arboretum landscape. 35,000 bulbs were August 2014 and, as the busy summer term came to an end, our Education Team turned their attentions to offering children’s summer holiday activities here for the first time. There are lots of botanical, have-a-go, and arts & crafts events in the What’s On programme over the coming weeks and months for all ages to enjoy, which I hope you’ll support and recommend to friends and family. All proceeds go to the upkeep of the arboretum. As always I welcome your comments and feedback on this newsletter or, more generally, on the arboretum and the work we do here. I look forward to your next visit. John Grimshaw director@yorkshirearboretum.org planted in 2012 followed by another 50,000 in 2013. This scale of planting is only possible thanks to our wonderful volunteers who give of their time so generously to help with this important task. We’re looking for volunteers to help with planting again this year so please put the dates of Tuesday 30th September and Thursday 2nd October in your diaries now and let the Volunteer Coordinators know if you’re able to help on volunteer@yorkshirearboretum.org Event News 2 AONB PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Arboretum Honey 2 Amateur photographers are invited to take part in a competition to capture the special qualities of the Howardian Hills AONB. There are junior and adult categories, great prizes and all finalists’ work will be displayed at the arboretum next spring. Full details are at www.howardianhills.org.uk/pages/news.asp