Yorkshire Arboretum Newsletter - Issue 4 - August 2014





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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




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


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


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


Event News 2


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

Brochure design: www.marketingbyignite.com

August 2014 Page 2


Tree Climbing Experience - Sunday 24th August

Have you ever watched tree-top footage in

wildlife programmes such as BBC’s Planet Earth

and wondered “How on earth did David

Attenborough get up there?”

Well now’s your chance to find out because

Canopy Access Limited, the specialist climbing

company responsible for hoisting presenters, kit

and crew to giddy heights in locations such as

Borneo, Venezuela and Indonesia will be at the

arboretum on Sunday 24th August. Their team

will be running two tree climbing sessions to give

you a bird's eye view of the world below.

You'll be taught the basics of tree climbing and

then guided on an ascent of the arboretum’s

massive oaks. There’ll be time to enjoy the view

before moving around in the canopy and then

abseiling back down to reality.

Sessions start at 9.30am and 1.30pm, last 3 hours

and cost £65 per person. Booking is essential and

participants must be at least 12 years of age. No

climbing experience is necessary, just a moderate

degree of physical fitness, stout footwear and a

head for heights!

Children’s Summer Holiday Events continue:

Monday 18th - Arboretum Explorers’ Club

For children aged 6-11. A whole day exploring the

arboretum and enjoying lots of nature-based

activities. Lunch included. £15 per child.

Wednesday 20th - Wild World Wednesday

For children aged 4-11. Discover the natural world

during these hour-long drop-in sessions starting at

half past the hour from 10:30 – 2:30 inclusive.

This week’s activity is a minibeast hunt. Adult £6

Child £3.50 Family £15

Wednesday 27th - Wild World Wednesday

For children aged 4-11. Discover the natural world

during these hour-long drop-in sessions starting at

half past the hour from 10:30 – 2:30 inclusive.

This week’s activity is a shelter-building. Adult £6

Child £3.50 Family £15

Once the summer holidays are over there’s still

plenty of family fun to be had with Bushcraft

sessions on 14th September or perhaps join a

Hawk Walk on October 5th?

Westonbirt Visit: Thu/Fri 23rd/24th October

Join us on a 2 day visit to Westonbirt, The

National Arboretum, to see the maples & other

trees in this great collection in autumn colour. Full

details, including accommodation & pricing will be

finalised shortly but if you’re interested in joining

this visit please let us know on


Details of these, and all other events can be found

on the What’s On page of the arboretum website,

or just call 01653 648598.

We hope this

newsletter is


informative &

helps you gain

the most from


membership of

the Yorkshire


Please send

your feedback,

together with

your photos,

stories &

suggestions for

topics you’d like

to see covered

in the next issue





We know it’s

only August but

don’t forget that


membership &

gift vouchers

make delightful

Christmas gifts!

Available from

the Visitor



The honey bee hives in the enclosure

under the dead hornbeam on Bracken Hill

have had a productive season and

Arboretum Honey is now available to purchase in

both the café and the Arboretum Shop.

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 John Grimshaw, Harry &

Joyce Kingman. All photos & illustrations remain © of their respective copyright owners & are used with permission.

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