Summer Open Day 2021

What a beautiful day we had last week, when we opened our gates for our Summer Open Day.

Our visitors searched for bugs, explored with our new tree maps, went on guided walks, and had picnics. We were joined by Jim Mulholland, an expert on ancient and veteran trees, who led a very informative walk around some of the oldest trees on site. Our resident ‘fountain of knowledge’ Gary led another of his fascinating heritage walks for visitors. We also had a special visit from historian and arborist Thomas Packenham – more about that in another blog post. Our bug hunting kit, funded by Nineveh Charitable Trust, is proving to be a real hit at our open days as families can enjoy the excitement of catching creatures to look at up close as they walk around the site. We also gave butterfly ID charts to visitors and encouraged visitors them to take part in this years Big Butterfly Count whilst they walked around.

An amazing afternoon spent in the woods – 3 generations of us and we all loved it!

Lots of beautiful and unusual tree species in a (relatively) compact space – and all for free, and with good information and helpful and enthusiastic volunteers.

A brilliant time was had by all. What an amazing space and so nice to feel that you can access the woodland and feel so welcome. Thank you!

Maps very clear, leaflet very informative and learnt lots! What a great site.

Such an informative and entertaining talk!

Our Open Days are made possible thanks to generous funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, as well as a Magic Little Grant we received through the partnership between Localgiving and Postcode Local Trust.

We are working to restore The Dell at the Tortworth Arboretum. It is a private woodland, so if you’d like to visit then please come along to one of our Visitor Days or Open Days, or consider volunteering with us.