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The Cyril Hart Arboretum

Autumn Leaves

The arboretum is named after local historian and forestry expert, Dr Cyril Hart. The collection started in 1910 and contains over 400 trees.

It is situated on the B4226 Coleford to Cinderford road close to the Speech House.

OS Grid Reference: SO624118

Volunteers meet at the Arboretum on the first Thursday of every month at 10am

 

We have done over 9 years of work at the Arboretum (October) and have made real progress

To see the pictures from 2009 - Click here

To see the pictures from 2010 - Click here

To see the pictures from 2011 - Click here

To see the pictures from 2012 - Click here

To see the pictures from 2013 - Click here

To see the pictures from 2014 - Click here

To see the pictures from 2015 - Click here

To see the pictures from 2016 - Click here

To see the pictures from 2017 - Click here

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Volunteer Group Diary

 

 

 

7 June 2018

A lot of bramble clearing and tidying up to do! A couple of the small tree enclosures were lowered so that we could get in to do the weeding. Some of the old fire sites which were now black ash were cleared and grass seed put on them.

Resting at lunchtime!

The Lebanon Cedar was conmpletely smothered with weeds but it does not look very healthy at the moment so we are checking to see what we can do to help it.

 

 

3 May 2018

An enormous branch had fallen off one of the ancient oak trees and crashed through the fencing into Speech House field. We needed the help of the chain saw to cut it up and eventually re-built the fencing. The debris was burnt and the large logs taken away.

Before and after photos of the fallen branch

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the start of the day we slightly trimmed the hawthorn along the fencing but left the cherry trees to grow.

 

 

5 April 2018

At last, signs of spring on a a glorious sunny day. There was loads for us to do, in particular, there was a fallen tree to remove and the area near to the back gate needed logs wheeled into the outside forest, scrub to be removed from the old wall and abundant bramble to be pulled up which was encroaching across the Arboretum.

Before and after photos of the old wall by the back gate

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arboretum Team

 

 

(March volunteer day had to be cancelled because of the snow fall on that day!)

 

1 February 2018

It was a bright but chilly day out in the Arboretum today. We finally managed to clear up the masses of branches which had been brought down through the winter.

 

 

 

18 January 2018

An extra day for clearing up and removing fallen branches with three fires needed across the Arboretum.

 

This is what is left of the rhododendron as the middle part was snapped off in the snow but we expect it to recover well.

 

 

4 January 2018

The start of the New Year and there was a massive amount of fallen branches to clear up. Not only had Storm Eleanor lashed through the county the day before, but, heavy snow had brought down many large bows from the trees in the previous three weeks. Some of the trees had been sectioned off as the branches were broken but still hanging from them.

Do you need exercise? On this day, one of our team was equipped with a new pedometer and recorded the following results from constantly walking to and fro collecting the branches to be burnt on our three fires.

12178 Steps - 5.19 Miles - 1339 Calories burnt

 

There will be an extra day's work on the 18 January here as there is still a lot of clearing up to do!