We organise a number of events each year. They range from guided tree walks to tree planting sessions and are listed below.

The Arboretum co-operates with other local groups and we maintain a joint calendar listing many, different events and experiences.  You can access the joint calendar here

Week Beginning 2nd May – Our Birthday Tree Week

Sidmouth Arboretum was formed in May 2012 when Sidmouth Town Council declared their whole jurisdiction as a Civic Arboretum in which all trees were of interest and value to the community.  We have come a long way since that simple declaration and the community group set up to manage the project has achieved so much to promote our special treescape, from working with schools to plant trees and hedgerows, to labelling individual trees, and publishing a series of Tree Trail leaflets which are available online and free from the Tourist Information Centre.  Each year we run a Tree Week of events, this year it will include a special meeting for our supporters.

Monday 2nd May – a fully accessible Town Centre Tree Walk from the Museum at 10.30

Tuesday 3rd May – Ancient Woodland, an illustrated talk on Zoom exploring local woodland with a long history, 3.00

Thursday 5th May – TBA

Friday 6th May – a guided Tree Walk from the Museum at 10.30 through Bickwell Valley and round to Knowle

Saturday 7th May – a guided visit to Bicton, meet at 10.30

Sunday 8th May – a Birthday Party for our registered supporters by kind permission of Sidholme Hotel, details will be sent out to supporters.  If you would like to be on the list, email your support to info@sidmoutharboretum.org.uk

Fri 8th Apr – First Guided Tree Walk of the summer season, Sidmouth Museum, 10.30am

Walks depart from the Museum at 10.30 on Friday mornings plus the Tree Week specials.  The walks last for about 2 hours and are fairly level walking on tarmac footpaths.  The end destinations are a ten minute walk away from the town centre.  The Bickwell route includes a short stretch along Broadway with no roadside footpath.  We walk in all but the severest weather conditions.

There is a charge of £2.50 with the proceeds split between the Arboretum’s tree planting and the SVA’s conservation work.  The walks in the Arboretum Tree Week, 20th and 22nd May are FREE.  The full programme will be posted here shortly.

Wed 23rd Feb – Free Tree Giveaway, King’s Garden Centre, Stowford, 11.00am

We are joining with Devon Wildlife Trust’s Saving Devon’s Treescapes and running a Free Tree Hub to give away 200 young trees for people to plant in their gardens.  You will be able to collect 2 free trees along with protection and a free planting and aftercare guide. The trees will all be cell grown UK broadleaf species such as crab apple, wild cherry, rowan and birch. They will be 2-3 years old and so around 20-60cm in height and will need to be planted within a few days of collection.