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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 Monday of every month at 11am

(unless it is a bank holiday)


We have done 2 years of work at the Arboretum (October) and have made real progress

To see the pictures from the first year - Click here

To see the pictures from the second year - Click here


Volunteer Group Diary

7 November 2011

Arboretum gate


As you can see, the photo this month is of the Arboretum gate! This is because the gates have been weighted to make sure they always close. We have had a problem with the wild boar getting into the Arboretum and digging up the grass and we need to keep them out as they consume a large amount of bluebell bulbs which would, eventually, result in no bluebells to be seen in the Arboretum. Hopefully, this will do the trick!

The team spent time burning off many fallen branches. We also had the use of a Forestry Commission GPS gadget and were able to log every tree which had a plaque in the Arboretum. This will now provide an accurate map of the trees for future reference.



3 October 2011

FOTHERGILLA MAJOR American Witch Hazel planted 1963


It was one of the last days of the Indian Summer experienced this year and the temperature was up into the high 70 degrees.

We spent the day completing the survey of the trees which were either already on the map or had not yet been noted. We will be bringing the map up to date in the next few weeks. We noticed some large dead branches on the large Oak trees and have notified the Forestry Commission as they could easily break and fall. Some of the new inclosure pens are also on our list for a clear up as they have a great deal of bramble in them.



5 September 2011

Tidying the lopped branches


It was a good day to burn off the branches we had previously lopped and carry on with the tidying.

We received a document from the Forestry Commission which had a really good map of the Arboretum and a list of all the trees which should exist there. We will be checking this list against the map in the next few months and will then be able to have a proper inventory of all the trees in the Arboretum. We will also be able to check if the trees are labelled correctly and be able to add labels to those trees which are currently not labelled.



1 August 2011

Before tidying After tidying


On a warm summer day we tidied up a few of the pens which had been taken over by brambles and bracken.

It is hoped that the grass will now be mowed to give the Arboretum a spruce up!






6 June 2011

Before tidying After tidying


The bluebells are just about over now and there is a lot of low growth emerging so the Arboretum is due for a summer mow. The images show the nettles which swamped the main access to the Arboretum so we slashed them down. Though nettles harbour many invertebrates which are good for the birds, we reasoned that there are many clumps of nettles in the forest and that these could go! There were also many self seeded young oaks growing in one of the fenced off areas so these were dug up and removed.






4 April 2011

It has been a while since we last did some work in the Arboretum. The winter weather caused a problem for us to travel there and, since then, we have been having discussions with the Forestry Commision on further tasks to be done. However, we were back here on a beautiful spring day to witness the cherry blossom on these lovely trees. We continued to clear and tidy some old holly trees which we left in a large pile ready to be burnt off next time.

Flowering Cherry

8 November 2010

The weather was so bad in the early morning that most of us were undecided as the whether to come out this day. Thank goodness we did! It soon turned into a bright autumn day. We were fencing around some of the little trees to protect them from damage. We did about a dozen trees. The problem with the wild boar invading the Arboretum has been rectified by a new fence surrounding the area and a new catch on the gate leading to the forest which stops them from pushing it open.