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Batsford Arboretum – one of the 50 best spring gardens to visit

Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds, is No. 4 in the list of the 50 best spring gardens to visit for a grand day out, compiled by the The Daily Telegraph Gardening section. Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: arboretum | cotswolds | gloucestershire | moreton | trees | gardens

Gloucester South West bypass leads the way to county’s tree total

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1000 TreesOver one hundred new trees will be planted along the Gloucester South West Bypass this week as the County Council’s contribution to the ‘1000 Trees’ campaign.

The opening of the bypass coincides with the 1000th birthday of the county of Gloucestershire, which is being celebrated this year with the planting of one thousand new saplings across the county.

Chief Executive of Gloucestershire County Council, Peter Bungard, will be planting the first of the Council’s contribution next week.

Although the Netheridge section of the Bypass was opened to traffic on the 25th May, the County Council has had to wait until this coming planting season to finish the scheme. Weed clearance has recently been carried out and landscape planting will start shortly to supplement the trees with areas of shrubs and grassland. The County Council has appointed contractor Abbey Forestry to do these works.

The ‘1000 Trees’ campaign is open to individuals and companies in the county to plant or sponsor a tree with the aim of planting a total of one thousand new trees across Gloucestershire – 1000 new trees for 1000 years of history.

TV personalities, schools, actors and businesses have already started planting trees as part of the campaign and UCAS Chief Executive, Anthony McClaran, planted the first of the 1000 in the company grounds last week.

An information pack with details of how to make a donation is available on the website www.gloucestershire1000.org.uk and includes advice for anyone wanting to grab their wellies and plant a tree themselves. Anyone wanting to know more about 1000 Trees or sponsorship options can contact Laura Fleming on 01242 714863.

Tags: gloucestershire | trees

‘There’s nothing better than a tree!’ says Dallas star

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Former Dallas star Linda Gray(c) Gloucestershire 1000 and its associate partnersFormer Dallas star, Linda Gray, showed her enthusiasm for the natural environment today by backing the Gloucestershire 1000 tree planting campaign.

The actress, who played Sue Ellen Ewing in the popular TV soap, has a long history of supporting environmental campaigns and believes that planting trees is a vital investment for our future. ‘We need to consider our grandchildren and my concerns are for them,’ said Linda.

‘Trees balance out all the concrete present in our cities, provide oxygen and are beautiful. The idea of planting a thousand as part of the celebrations is divine!’

Linda, who has been appearing at The Everyman Theatre in the touring production of ‘Terms of Endearment’, has also recently starred on Broadway in the stage production of ‘The Graduate’, playing ‘Mrs. Robinson’ to sell-out audiences and rave reviews.

As a lasting legacy of the millennium celebrations, the ‘1000 Trees’ campaign is inviting individuals and companies in the county to plant or sponsor a tree with the aim of planting a total of one thousand new trees across Gloucestershire.
Gloucestershire 1000 is also pleased to be working in partnership with The Woodland Trust, the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity, to offer tree-planting advice to green fingered individuals or encourage companies to make donations toward the planting of new trees in the county.

Two ways of getting involved in the campaign make it easy to add to the grand total. Individuals can grab a spade and plant a tree in their back garden, even encouraging their children to enjoy the experience. Local businesses can also invest in a greener future by making a donation towards other community tree planting schemes taking place in Gloucestershire.

An information pack with details of how to make a donation is available on the website www.gloucestershire1000.org.uk and includes advice for anyone wanting to grab their wellies and plant a tree themselves. Anyone wanting to know more about 1000 Trees or sponsorship options can contact Laura Fleming on 01242 714863.

Tags: gloucestershire | trees | celebrity

Chris Beardshaw says ‘Plant a tree for future generations’

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Chris BeardshawTV Presenter, Author and Garden Designer, Chris Beardshaw, is encouraging people to plant a tree this year as part of the Gloucestershire 1000 millennium celebrations.

As a lasting legacy of the millennium celebrations, the ‘1000 Trees’ campaign is inviting individuals and companies in the county to plant or sponsor a tree with the aim of planting a total of one thousand new trees across Gloucestershire.

Chris is a fervent supporter of the campaign and the idea of preserving our environment for future generations. ‘My career was founded on the reward that was revealed to me when I started planting trees as a boy’, says Chris. ‘It’s a habit that I am happy to say still persists and as the proverb goes – A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.’

Gloucestershire 1000 is pleased to be working in partnership with The Woodland Trust, the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity, to offer tree-planting advice to green fingered individuals or encourage companies to make donations toward the planting of new trees in the county.

Two ways of getting involved in the campaign make it easy to add to the grand total. Individuals can grab a spade and plant a tree in their back garden, even encouraging their children to enjoy the experience. Local businesses can also invest in a greener future by making a donation towards other community tree planting schemes taking place in Gloucestershire.

The saplings, provided by The Woodland Trust, will be planted by school children and their teachers, offering them an opportunity to take ownership of their local environment and watch the trees take root and flourish.

Anyone planting or sponsoring a tree as part of the 1000 Trees campaign will have their names added to the grand total and tree-planting map on the website. Each contributor will also be invited to a special tree event in the spring.

Project Co-ordinator for the Gloucestershire 1000 celebrations, Laura Fleming, hopes that the county’s millennium will offer a chance to consider future generations. ‘Celebrating the county’s past also offers an opportunity to look to the social and environmental challenges facing us in Gloucestershire over the next 1000 years and consider how we want 2007 to be remembered.’

Woodland is one of the UK’s richest wildlife habitats and provides immense social and economic benefits. In the last 100 years nearly half our woodland, including priceless trees more than 400 years old, have been lost to make way for conifer plantations, agriculture, houses, motorways and airports. Research shows that contact with woods and nature makes us feel better about ourselves.

An information pack with details of how to make a donation is available on the website www.gloucestershire1000.org.uk and includes advice for anyone wanting to grab their wellies and plant a tree themselves. Anyone wanting to know more about 1000 Trees or sponsorship options can contact Laura Fleming on 01242 714863.

Also see 1000 trees – plant a tree for Gloucestershire’s millennium

Tags: gloucestershire | trees | celebrity

1000 trees – plant a tree for Gloucestershire’s millennium

Features by Adam 2 Comments »

1000 TreesGloucestershire 1000 is delighted to be working in partnership with The Woodland Trust, the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity, to encourage everyone to plant or sponsor a tree to celebrate the county’s 1000th birthday.

The aim is to plant 1000 trees across the county as a lasting legacy of the millennium celebrations.

You can contribute to the grand total by either planting a tree or making a donation towards a pack of trees being planted by a Gloucestershire school or community group. .Read the attached information pack to find out more.

  • Why not plant a tree with your children/grandchildren to encourage an interest in the natural world? Add it to the grand total on our website.
  • Thanks to The Woodland Trust’s Tree For All campaign, community groups can apply for a grant to help with their tree planting.
  • If you’re a company, why not add a link on your website letting people know that you’re making a donation towards 1000 Trees for every item sold?
  • You could even grab a spade and team up with your local community group to help them with their tree planting!

1000 Trees Map

http://www.woodland-trust.org.uk/getinvolved/index.htm

Tags: gloucestershire | trees

Batsford Arboretum – Autumn is a good time to visit

Events, Features, Places by Tony 1 Comment »

28th October – Golden Leaf Sunday – the Arboretum at it’s colourful best
Batesford in the Autumn (c) Batsford Foundation
Autumn is the perfect time to visit the Arboretum near Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds. It will be looking wonderful with the autumn colours coming in early this year with an explosion of reds, golds and yellows and the Maples providing the richest colours.

In September the sugary scented Katsura Tree is one special attraction. The tree is native to Japan and China and a scent is produced by the leaves resembling burnt brown sugar or cotton candy.

Also in September the Mulberry Tree will fruit. The dark red, almost black fruits, are similar to blackberries in appearance but are very juicy with an intense sweet sharp flavour. Shakespeare had a famous Mulberry Tree, of which there are descendants at Kew, and it is said that he had taken it from the Mulberry garden of James I and planted it in his garden at New Place, Stratford-on-Avon, in 1609.

Since 1984 the Arboretum has been run by a charitable trust – The Batsford Foundation -to ensure it’s future and in 2002 it was recognised by the National Council for theConservation of Plants and Gardens (N.C.C.P.G.) as holding the National Plant Collection of Japanese Flowering Cherries (Prunus (sato-sakura group)).

The Estate is the former home of the Mitford girls who all lived at Batsford during the first world war. The oldest, Nancy, based the early part of her novel “Love in a cold climate” on their time at Batsford.

The Estate was sold in 1919 to Gilbert Wills, later the 1st Lord Dulverton and his wife Victoria took a great interest in the garden making many additions to it’s plant stock including the Handkerchief Tree and some fine Copper Beeches.

During the second world war the gardens were neglected and became overgrown until Frederick Wills succeeded his father as 2nd Lord Dulverton in 1956. He had a great passion for trees and proceeded throughout the 1960s to halt the decline. He consolidated the existing collections and added a multitude of other trees to The Estate. He was responsible for raising the status of Batsford to an Arboretum of international standing.

The collection at Batsford now covers a wide range of plants from around the world with an emphasis on the Far East. There are over 3050 labelled specimens including about 1600 different trees, shrubs and bamboo.

Prominent collections include:-

Acer(Maples), Magnolias, Prunus, Bamboo, Sorbus(Mountain Ash and Whitebeams), Quercus(Oak) and Pinus(Pine)

Batsford Arberetum
Batsford Park
Moreton-in-Marsh
Gloucestershire
GL56 9QB

Telephone 01386 701441

www.batsarb.co.uk

Open daily from 10.00 am to 4.45 pm

www.nccpg.com

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