Thursday, 16 November 2017

Sidmouth Civic Arboretum - autumn newsletter

The Arboretum will be putting on its annual bash next Friday:
Futures Forum: Celebrating Trees with the Sidmouth Arboretum >>> talks, music, stalls, quiz, food >>> Cellar Bar, Kennaway House: Friday 24th November

As highlighted in their latest newsletter:

Welcome to the 2nd Newsletter of 2017 from Sidmouth Civic Arboretum (SCA) Newsletter. We hope to keep you informed of our activities and events in the Sid Valley through the newsletter.

Tree Evening, Kennaway House, November 24th

The program for the Tree Evening this autumn at Kennaway House on November 24th at 6:00pm is now almost complete. There will be songs, poems, stalls and talks related to the trees and woods around and about Sidmouth.  We will be having talks, amongst others, from Jon Freeman of the Great Trees in the Clyst Valley project and John Wilding of Clinton Devon Estates, as well as wardens from the NT and East Devon District Council, giving more extended talks on their areas of expertise and experience.

We will also be offering the opportunity to sponsor trees which we are planning to plant this winter.

Please come along and join us if you can. 

Activities and Events

Building on the routing of the Sidmouth arboretum town walk through Sidholme, we were able to secure the use of Sidholme’s grounds and the music room to set up a tree identification challenge for the children of year 5 at Sidmouth School. Ed Dolphin our treasurer designed the task, which posed a series of yes/ no questions to the children enabling them to identify 8 trees.   The weather was lovely and the walk to and from the school gave us a further opportunity to discuss other trees along the route. All in all this was a very successful day for which many thanks to the staff of Sidholme who made us so welcome.
We have been doing more work in Sidholme and have identified 24 species of trees that we hope to include in a leaflet for the site alone. This is being done in conjunction with the The Friends of Sidholme Garden and Sidmouth in Bloom.

Walks Leaflets

The committee has walked the 3 Arboretum walks, taking new photos to publish on the web site. We are delighted to have secured the funding to reprint the Sidmouth town walk leaflet as the tourist information centre and hotels were asking for additional copies.
Diana East is progressing well on securing sponsorship to re-publish the Sidbury walk leaflet and this will soon be available.
Jill Gray has completely re-designed the Salcombe Regis walk to allow it to link to the town walk from the seafront or via The Byes. This Salcombe Regis walk was used as our contribution to the Sidmouth Walking Festival which 30 people completed on another lovely day in September. We had visitors from Scotland, the Midlands and Bristol area as well as more local walkers enjoying the scenery.
We are planning to walk the 3 walks as part of our first tree week in April 2018.

The Knowle

Ed led the Arboretum group’s response to The Knowle planning application in which we made the case for keeping several of the existing trees which would have been removed under the current plan.

Volunteer Working Party

Graham Hutchinson has prepared a tree maintenance and planting programme for the autumn and winter months 2017 – 2018. If anyone wishes to help then please contact one of us below.

Tree Week April 16th -20th 2018

Full details will be made available nearer the time
Monday 16th, Wednesday 18th, Friday 20th walk the arboretum walks.
Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th tree related talks

Sidmouth Arboretum News

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