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Sidmouth Tree Week 2021

  • by JW

Guided walks and online talks.


It’s that time of year again – with a week of activities from the Sidmouth Arboretum:



We are really pleased to announce that we are able to run our Spring Tree Week this year.  We have made some changes to come in line with Covid restrictions as they stand at present.  We will respond appropriately if the restrictions change.

The Knowle and Byes walks are about 2hrs, Blackmore Gardens an hour and a half.  The Byes and Blackmore Gardens walks are on level pathways and fully accessible.  The Knowle walk includes a short section along The Broadway where there are no pavements, and three flights of steps down in the garden.

Join the guided walks for a chance to meet Ewan Anderson of who will be working at some point on the walk routes each morning, weather permitting.

All events take place within the Covid guidelines at the time and are free of charge.  There is no need to book, if the group is more than 20, two guides will split the party into smaller groups.  

Enquiries to

Monday 17th May 2021

10:30 Guided Walk – The Knowle 

Meet at Museum entrance, Church Street

18th May


11:00 Café Sci  zoom talk by Dr Deborah Hemming

Met Office ‘Climate change links with biodiversity

19th May


10:30 Guided Walk – Blackmore Gardens

Meet  at Museum entrance, Church Street

20th May


7pm  Zoom talk by Ed Dolphin

‘How Old Is That Tree ?’

21st May


10:30 Guided Walk – The Byes

Meet at Toll House entrance to The Byes

Sidmouth Arboretum News


With more from Ed Dolphin in the Herald:


Sidmouth Arboretum will be holding its annual tree week beginning on Monday, May 17 with guided tree walks and talks through the magic of Zoom.

The arboretum volunteers have been making plans for months and hoping that Covid restrictions would allow some live events.  This is a wonderful time of year for trees, leaves are unfolding in their freshest greens and many trees are flowering.  

Walks: On the Monday, you will have the chance to walk up Bickwell Valley and round to The Knowle accompanied by the Arboretum’s knowledgeable tree enthusiasts. As well as a chance to meet the trees, this walk has the bonus of seeing what is happening with the flood alleviation scheme and performance arena in Knowle park.  On the Wednesday, you will be introduced to the trees of the churchyard and Blackmore Gardens.  The Friday walk will take a figure of eight path around The Byes.  Details of the walks can be found on the Arboretum website news page,

Talks: As well as the three walks, there will be two talks, delivered by Zoom so that a large audience can be accommodated.  On the Tuesday morning, Debbie Hemmings, a senior scientist at the Met. Office, and Birmingham University, will be talking about ‘Climate Change Links With Biodiversity In The SW UK’.  On the Thursday evening, Arboretum tree enthusiast Ed Dolphin will be answering the question ‘How Old Is That Tree?’  Contact the Arboretum via the website or by email on for more details and the necessary links to the Zoom talks.

The Arboretum team hope that Tree Week will mark another step back into normality and the resumption of many other cultural activities in the town. 

Sidmouth Arboretum’s annual tree week | Sidmouth Herald