MEMBERS NEWSLETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR May 2014 EMAIL ADDRESSES PLEASE This edition of our newsletter is being posted to all Members in paper form to enable us to include your copy of the 2014 What’s On programme. Future issues will be sent by email wherever possible to minimise costs. If we don’t already have your email address please email us or phone 01653 648598 In this issue: From the Director 1 Staff News 1 Weddings at the Arboretum Out & About in the Arboretum 1 2 Membership News 2 Ancient Crafts Revived From the Education Team 3 3 Ray Wood News 4 Customer Research Surveys 4 The winter is generally believed to be a quiet time at the arboretum, but for the staff it’s anything but! We use the closed season to plan & prepare for the year ahead, & before we know it the first of February has arrived & we welcome back our Members. There will be no Wild About Wood festival this year, as we’ve instead been working on a much more extensive programme of events taking place throughout the season. This programme provides something of interest for everyone from the opportunity to climb our biggest oaks, to enjoying a brass band or massed choirs concert. You can learn about biodiversity or gardening, or spend a night camping in the arboretum. There are also new school holiday activities for children. The full What’s On programme is included with this Newsletter, & information about each event will appear on our website shortly. STAFF NEWS Ben Paterson joins us as Grounds Arborist, boosting our capacity to maintain & develop the arboretum as he works with Neil Batty & our volunteers on the Operations & Tree Teams. Ben Paterson Last season’s desk coordinator Susan Casey has taken a job with the RSPB at Malham Cove & we wish her every success in her new role. Our new Visitor Services Coordinator is WEDDINGS AT THE ARBORETUM We have been successful in our application for a licence to host weddings, civil partnerships & other celebratory ceremonies at the arboretum. The Cruck House is our licensed wedding “room”, offering probably the closest thing to an outdoor wedding that it’s possible to have in England, with the Visitor Centre offering an alternative in the event of poor weather. We’re looking forward to playing a part in some very special days in the months & years to come. Education is at the core of our bid for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project revolves around a timber-framed outdoor classroom & associated environmentallythemed garden areas, but will strongly feature the heritage of trees, both inherited & for passing on to the future. Heritage is not static! Our draft bid is to be submitted at the end of May – a task that is keeping many of us very busy indeed until then. One of the consequences is that this newsletter is being sent to you later than we would have liked. Our apologies! The staff at the Yorkshire Arboretum form a small but dedicated team, achieving a lot with scant resources, but with the aid of a remarkable body of volunteers. I take this opportunity to thank them all for their input into making this a very special place. John Grimshaw firstname.lastname@example.org Sam Forrest, who’ll be looking after Members & visitors alongside the Visitor Services volunteer team. Also a professional musician, we hope Sam will be persuaded to perform for us! Our warmest Sam Forrest congratulations go to Jonathan Watkinson (Ray Wood Coordinator) on his engagement to Sarah Burton. They are planning a summer wedding.