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The Cyril Hart Arboretum

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

To see the pictures from 2009 - Click here

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To see the pictures from 2011 - Click here

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To see the pictures from 2021 - Click here

To see the pictures from 2022 - Click here

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Volunteer Group Diary

 

7 December 2023

Last month, we had to cancel our volunteering day due to a storm causing ferocious winds and, therefore, the closure of the Arboretum to the public.

 

This month, we were back to normal, although the rains never stopped! We were treated to fish and chips from the Forest Rangers as a 'thank you' for our work over the year. Luckily, we had a good fire and a gazebo to shelter under!

 

 

 

12 October 2023

Autumn has arrived so we managed to burn off the pile of branches which we had piled up last month without burning due to the unseasonable heatwave we had then. We also continued to clear bramble and small holly from around the trees.

 

 

7 September 2023

Even though we are in the middle of an unusual heatwave for this time of year it is nearly Autumn which is a notable funghi season. We found a cluster of these Fairy Fingers in the Arboretum. Named as Clavaria fragilis, commonly known as fairy fingers, white worm coral, or white spindles. It grows in woodland litter or in old, unimproved grassland. It is widespread throughout temperate regions in the Northern Hemisphere although not common.

 

 

3 August 2023

We continued clearing around quite a few trees. We do a monthly litter pick round the Arboretum and we are pleasantly surprised at how little litter there is now in the Arboretum!

 

 

6 July 2023

A large group of the Dean Green Team turned up today and we cleared bramble and bracken around many trees.

 

 

1 June 2023

There is a new bench in the Arboretum and the volunteers of the Dean Green Team are posing!

 

The inscription on the new bench was dedicated to us.

 

This is the Big Leaf Magnolia which is in bloom now and well worth a visit.

The Big Leaf Magnolia has the largest simple leaves and largest flowers of any tree and is indigenous to North America. It is a rare, native, deciduous, pyramidal tree with a single trunk and develops a spreading, broad, rounded crown with age, and grows 30 to 40 feet tall and equally as wide. Showy fragrant flowers are creamy-white with rose-purple at the petal bases, and measure 8 to 14 inches in diameter.

 

 

4 May 2023

The bluebells in the Arboretum are beginning to flourish. We cleared masses of bramble and very small holly from around the trees.

 

 

6 April 2023

The spring is waking up at last and the rhododendron is in flower! We carried on clearing the old wall towards the back gate.

 

 

2 March 2023

There was a large team out today at the Arboretum where we tidied up lots of branches and the usual bramble. The gates to the Arboretum had been locked because the Forestry were taking down large trees on the perimeter. This was unfortunate for the public but safety comes first. We were allowed in though.

 

2 February 2023

We were collecting, burning and tidying up tree branches and bramble as usual.

This is Britain's Champion Cicilian tree (Abiesc cilicia) in our Arboretum. We have a new sign for it now.

Native to the Taurus Mountains of Turkey, Syria and Lebanon, this tree has a narrow growth habit.

 

 

5 January 2023

The start of a New Year and the team were out!

We were clearing recent fallen small branches and our usual job of pulling up invasive bramble. It was wet and parts of the Arboretum were quite soggy.