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Sidmouth Arboretum AGM

The AGM will be held on January 15th at 17:30 in the Dissenters Hall. Please come along and hear what we do in a bit more detail and if you wish get involved. You will be most welcome!

Sidmouth Tree Celebration evening – 30th November

This year’s tree evening will be on November 30th inn Kennaway House at 18:30. The program will have the usual mix of song, talks, stalls and chance to meet old friends. Please come along and contribute to a lovely social occasion.

Tree Dressing – 24th November

We are going to try a new event, tree dressing, in the churchyard of St Giles and St Nicholas church at 16:00 on November 24th. Please come along with your children and grandchildren and put up a decoration on the yew tree by the path to Blackmore Gardens.

TREE WEEK April 16th - April 21st

We reported in our summer newsletter about the success of tree week. The numbers of walkers led to us the idea of offering walks alongside the town history and geology walks from Sidmouth museum which we intend to host once a month next summer. There will be 2 routes, the first taking in Bickwell Valley and The Knowle and the second Blackmore Gardens, The Byes and Sidholme. As the result of a suggestion from one of our visitors at tree week, we are also investigating whether an accessibility trail for wheelchair users and partially sighted could be part of the second walk. We have set the date for our second tree week as week commencing 20th May 2019. The format will be the same with walks, talks and visits through the week and hopefully the trees will have more leaf and blossom. 

BLACKMORE FRUIT TREES

Graham digging for victory.
Graham digging for victory.
The Woolbrook Pippin
The Woolbrook Pippin
The Woolbrook Russet
The Woolbrook Russet
Job done Graham
Job done Graham

Working with EDDC, Graham and Jon kicked off this year's planting schedule when they planted fruit trees in Blackmore Gardens today. Two local apple varieties, the Woolbrook Pippin and the Woolbrook Russet were planted against the wall by the health centre. The trees will be trained on the wall as they would have been in times gone by. The team also planted a Rowan and an Apricot will follow soon.

TREE LABELS

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label-Diana.JPG
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Giant-redwood-label.jpg
As part of the Arboretum's remit to inform and engage the public, we are attaching labels to many publicly accessible trees in the valley.  Each labels tells you the scientific and common name for the tree, but it also includes a QR code.  A QR code is like a super barcode, it contains information about a link to the Arboretum website page for that particular tree.  The code can be scanned with a smartphone app with data access and the link is made to the website with information about the particular tree and further links to wider information about the tree species from organisations such as the Woodland Trust, Forestry Commission and Royal Horticultural Society.
The first labels have been attached to trees in the Knowle.  We will also be labelling trees in Blackmore Gardens, Sidholme and along the Arboretum's Tree Trails.

Maintaining the shrubbery by Waitrose

graham and spindle berry
graham and spindle berry
martin with hand shears
martin with hand shears

Winter months allow for active maintenance of the woody plants we look after and for new planting.

The triangle of land across from Waitrose and the adjacent beech hedge with standards keeps us busy.

Sidbury Fair

Jill Gray at Sidbury Fair
Jill Gray at Sidbury Fair
The Arboretum supported Sidbury Fair with a stand selling trees.

TIPS FOR NOVEMBER / DECEMBER

Order trees and shrubs to plant as soon as possible while the soil is still a bit warm.  Bare root plants can be heeled in for a few days if the weather is frosty.   

Your garden could need protecting from frosts, gale-force winds and heavy rain. Check supports such as stakes and ties for damage and consider moving plants to sunnier positions.

Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch . Ventilate the greenhouse on sunny days .

Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds .Prepare a polythene shelter for outdoor peaches and nectarines, to protect them from peach leaf curl

Plant up your bulbs as soon as possible for spring colour.

LOOKING AHEAD

Saturday October 27th   10 am – 4.30 pm  SOUTH WEST REGIONAL FORUM for TREE WARDENS to be held at the Council Chambers, Station Road, Knowle.   We are working with EDDC Tree Officers and the Tree Council to develop a strategy for the trees of East Devon.

Saturday November 24th 4.30pm TREE DRESSING ceremony for families at Parish Church on the annual Tree Charter Day.

Friday November 30th 6.30pm   CELEBRATION OF TREES at Kennaway House Cellar Bar  songs, talks, crafts, stalls - open to all

2019 AGM  Tuesday January 15th   Kennaway House  time tba

2019 TREE WEEK 20-25th May   

Guided Walks and talks throughout the valley

Waitrose Green Buttons

Ed and Jon receive their cheque
Ed and Jon receive their cheque

Thank you to all who contributed to our collection box at Waitrose during July, we raised £298 towards our our plan to label trees of interest and significance in the public parks, so that people may know the names of trees.

We enjoyed our day at Sidbury Fair last Wednesday – promoting our local Tree Trail leaflet with a stall next to organic vegetables and sheep shearing.   Such fun!  

Ongoing

We are looking at how climate change will affect the trees that are being grown and the effects of Ash Dieback which are increasingly visible on young trees in the valley 
We are working with the Town Council on the recent proposal to plant more fruit trees.
Tree Planting with Councillor Kelvin Dent
Tree Planting with Councillor Kelvin Dent
 

 

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