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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



100 Years of the Arboretum - 2016

Although the Arboretum collection commenced in 1910, the first plantings were in 1915 but an extremely harsh winter destroyed a vast number of the newly planted trees so there was a re-planting in 1916 - hence the Centenary of the Arboretum this year. The Arboretum collection was started with seed brought back from Western China in 1910 by plant collector, Ernest H Wilson. There was a planting of the centenary tree by Anthony Hart who is the son of Cyril Hart after whom the Arboretum is named.. The tree was a Cedar of Lebanon grown from seed from a tree actually in Lebanon and nurtured at Kew Gardens. The High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, Lady Bathurst attended as well as many dignitaries, Cyril Hart family members, Forestry Commission rangers and, of course, the Dean Green Team volunteers.

We were invited to a scrumptious afternoon tea at the Speech House hotel to celebrate the occasion.




These are some of the regular Dean Green Team Volunteers





There was a guided tour of the trees by Richard Jinks who is the scientific and technical advisor to Westonbirt National Arboretum and has advised us on future planting and tree labelling.





This is the view from the ground upwards of one of the Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) trees.





There are not just trees growing in the Arboretum!

They are most common in woodland clearings and in grassy areas next to woodland, growing alone or in small scattered groups. We found 4 here.




The Arboretum has a new information board for visitors to read.