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Sidmouth Tree Week – May 2022

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Sidmouth Arboretum Tree Week – newsletter


We have had a good response to our invites to events during tree week and look forward to seeing you. However, we still have a few places available. If you would like to attend, then please book via the Eventbrite links below.
Just turn up to the walks from Sidmouth museum on Monday and Friday.
Monday May 2nd
Town Centre Tree Walk from the Town Museum
Jon Ball 10:30-12:00
No Booking required Join us for a walk around from the churchyard through the Blackmore Gardens and back to the museum to see and talk about the lovely trees in the centre of Sidmouth.
This walk will be along the Arboretum accessibility trail so easily accessible to those with limited mobility.   
Tuesday May 3rd
Our Ancient Woodland, Zoom Talk
Ed Dolphin 15:00-16:00
Sidmouth Arboretum – Ancient Woodlands
Some parts of our valley have been under woodland canopy for several hundreds of years, but this is a managed landscape, or it was until fifty years ago.  Where is our ancient woodland and what is it like?   
Thursday May 5th
Evening guided walk from White Cross to Core and Fire Beacon Hill 
Jill Butler 16:00-18:00
Book via Eventbrite Max 25 
Join us for a guided walk from White Cross Car Park to Core hill wood and back via Fire Beacon Hill. The walk is fairly flat but uneven ground so suitable footwear required.
There is a variety of woodland types either side of the track to Core Hill wood, splendid views over the sea and the Otter Valley. If dry, consider bringing a picnic watching the sun going down over Woodbury Common.
Our walk will be hosted by Jill Butler – Recently retired from the Woodland Trust, Jill understands the history and structure of past landscapes through ancient trees and the ecological aspects of managing trees. Jill says “We all have a lot to learn about how to generate open-grown, ancient, light-demanding trees and shrubs of the future.”   
Friday 6th
Museum walk Bickwell Valley to The Knowle
Ed Dolphin10:30-12:30
Booking required £2.50 at the museum 
Join us for a walk from the museum up Bickwell Valley and round to The Knowle.  Both areas contain some remarkable trees from all around the world.
We will be planting a Norfolk Island pine in The Knowle at the end of this walk.   
Saturday 7th    
Bicton College – Guided Walk
Mick Street 10:30-12:30
Book via Eventbrite          
Max 20 Our host will be Mick Street – Retired lecturer at Bicton.
We will start with the trees near Bicton House and so if anyone is late you will easily be able to find the group. We will look at the parkland trees before going in to the arboretum.
The entrance to Bicton College is through a white arched Lodge. Take the long drive through the Monkey Puzzle Avenue and carry on to a mini roundabout with Bicton House on your left. Exit the mini roundabout on the right and park in the Visitors` Car Park where we will meet. If this car park is full, use the next car park also on your right.”
Sunday 8th
Sidholme 10th Birthday celebration
15:00-17:00. See below for details
It was on 8th May 2012 that the Sidmouth Arboretum was founded – and it is ten years to the day that we will be celebrating the moment with special guests and our much-valued supporters.
It is with great pleasure, therefore, that we invite you to our 10th Birthday Celebration on Sunday 8th May 2022.
We would like to thank the new proprietor of the Sidholme Hotel, Ali Rad, for giving the Arboretum the opportunity to hold the event in the grounds and gardens of the hotel – which will allow us to see the magnificent trees there as part of the celebration.
We have invited two different groups, to be able to manage the full programme for the afternoon – our sponsors, by separate invitation, from 14:00 for a walk and concert by Sidmouth Folk Choir and traditional Jazz band; and you our supporters from 15:00 for the concert and walk afterwards.
Please book via Eventbrite, so that we can be sure we have provided enough scones, cream and jam – and bubbly!
10th Birthday celebration  
Parking is available at the hotel via the Elysian Fields entrance or off Brewery Lane.  
15:00:16:00 Songs from Sidmouth Folk Choir and Jurazzic traditional jazz band 
15:00:17:00 Arboretum supporters walk around the grounds of Sidholme.
Book via Eventbrite           Max 60   
Our other news will follow after tree week.
We look forward to seeing you.
Chairman – Sidmouth Arboretum
Jon Ball
Diana East


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