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The Cyril Hart Arboretum

Autumn Leaves

Arboretum day is on the first Thursday of every month


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 are now in our 12th year of work at the Arboretum and have made real progress

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Volunteer Group Diary



8 December 2021

The little Monkey Puzzle tree in the Arboretum has bitten the dust! Storm Barra must have brought it down although it barely seems to have any roots and has been poorly for quite a while.


2 December 2021

Our last visit to the Arboretum this year.

The Forest had been hit by Storm Arwen on the previous Saturday and many trees had been blown over. Luckily, in the Arboretum, we did not lose any trees but quite a few branches had come down, so we cleared and burnt them.

Our FE Ranger provided us all with a fish and chip lunch as a 'thank you' for our volunteering work throughout the year. This is becoming a pre-Christmas treat for us and it is much appreciated!


4 November 2021

The Arboretum in full Autumn glory!

Many visitors were taking a photo of the magnificent tree in our image which also shows the smoke from our fire behind it. We now know from the FE Arboretum records that it is a Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis). It is closely related to the Pecan tree but it does not have edible nuts. Bitternut hickory grows throughout the eastern United States.



7 October 2021

At last, we were able to have a fire! There was a lot of old wood to burn and we used the ranger's van to transport the wood to the fire site.

The Arboretum has now had the grass cut but the bramble and ferns around the trees needed removal as well so the team worked hard on this as well. We should, gradually, be able to remove this over the winter.



9 September 2021

After a week of a glorious heat wave, the rain finally came and we all got absolutely soaked!


However, we were tidying up on the east side of the Arboretum. Many small Hazel trees were dotted about in the area so we removed them. There is a lot of bramble round the base of large trees so it is a slow process to remove that as well. Even the photo of a very wet team sheltering under a tree is obscured by the relentless rain!





5 August 2021

The day started off fine but then the rain poured all afternoon but we carried on!


As usual, we collected fallen branches and got a fire started. The men were enjoying themselves cutting up logs and creating log piles!



1 July 2021

A larger team today and we were continuing to clear the foliage from the fenceline which had flourished at this time of year. There has been a delay with the grass cutting even though the bluebells have finished flowering. We are hoping that it will soon be done


Even our experienced members can have an accident but it is rare for us to need First Aid!


Luckily, we have some very large plasters! Quite a few of our team are now First Aid qualified.

This was an enormous Cedar tree but it had split it's trunk near to the top and was dangerously hanging so it had to be removed.

The fence can be barely seen behind all the bramble and the bramble was removed.

Tea time with the team!




8 April 2021

We were in a group of 6 people and managed to have a day in the Arboretum for the first time since December. There were many fallen branches to drag and burn and a general assessment of the site was achieved

The team enjoyed their day out!


We usually do litter picking in the Arboretum and around the car parks.




March 2021

The Dean Green Team could only do four days of volunteering work in the Arboretum over the last year during all the lockdowns so there is a great deal of catching up with all the fallen branches and general clear up! We will be working there in April

The Rhododenrons have come into flower!