Welcome to Barnwood Arboretum,
Nature Reserve & Park
Barnwood Arboretum is a local nature reserve within Barnwood Park and belongs to Gloucester City Council. The arboretum has many mature trees and unimproved grassland, providing habitat for birds, insects and small mammals. The grass is managed by grazing rare breed sheep in the winter.
The Friends of Barnwood Arboretum are helping to develop and maintain the site and plant new trees as well as developing a wildflower meadow.
Elaine Keasley with
Ian O’Hanlon, Liam Driver, Carole White, Cathy Barker & William Ross from EDF Energy Barnwood.
A group of 5 people from EDF Energy, spent most of last Thursday with Elaine Keasley of the Friends of Barnwood Arboretum, working in the Barnwood Park.
While some were digging and clearing an area by the Church Lane entrance ready for 1,000 bluebell bulbs to be planted later, the others were planting 1,000 crocus bubs, 500 yellow and 500 white to go with the 500 mauve ones planted last year.
The team were there as part of the EDF Energy Helping Hands programme, which is the company’s volunteering programme that allows employees to volunteer in communities within company time. They can volunteer as part of team or as an individual or both. Clare Dunmur, IT Projects Delivery Manager says 'We care for our communities and are passionate about supporting them. This is why we encourage all of our employees to get involved in supporting our community investment programmes during company time. In 2010, more than 1,700 volunteer days were used by employees through Helping Hands, many of them contributing to projects that support the delivery of our Sustainability Commitments
The Friends of Barnwood Arboretum are celebrating Barnwood Park and Arboretum’s success in being awarded a Green Flag for 2012/13. The Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the achievements of those whose hard work and dedication has helped to create high quality green spaces for all to enjoy.
Gloucester's Barnwood Park and Arboretum is one of a record breaking 1424 parks and green spaces across the country to receive a Green Flag Award this year.
Ron Keasley, chairman of the Friends of Barnwood Arboretum, said “We are delighted that the park has achieved it’s fifth Green Flag. We have an enthusiastic and hard working group of volunteers and receive great support from Gloucester City Council’s Tree Officer, Neighbourhood Management Team and Countryside Rangers.
The Green Flag is the icing on the cake for those of us who love working in the Park and Arboretum. We are very fortunate to have this beautiful green oasis in our neighbourhood.”
Young litter pickers.
8yr old Dhylan & 5yr old Lennon
Young 5year old Lennon & 8 year old Dhylan Rose were so upset about all the litter that they saw whilst walking from their home in Abbymead to Barnwood Primary school each morning, that when, with their mum they saw litter pickers for sale in the local ‘What?’ store they asked if they could have one. Mum bought them one each. When they next went to school, they proudly took their litter pickers with them and by the time they reached Church Lane there was a carrier bag full of rubbish. Gloucester Sheriff & City Councillor Phil McLellan said "It is brilliant that these two boys are cleaning up our area, they are great ambassadors for Barnwood. They have shown us adults the way. They also demonstrate that if other people did not drop litter in the first place we would have a much cleaner Barnwood".
The Arboretum & Park are situated on Church Lane, Barnwood, Gloucester. GL4 3JB
Barnwood Arboretum location plan
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