Barnwood Arboretum & Park

Events 2019   

We hold most of our work sessions in the autumn, winter and early spring but organise events to look at wildlife and nature around us during the later spring and summer. Occasionally we meet for a general tidy up or to weed the flowerbed and will post any dates here. Please see below for events.

  Saturday 13th July Moth Event 

Moths will be attracted overnight and released following identification in the morning from 9.30am. The moths are very sleepy and easy to photograph. This is a very informal event so you can come for as short a time as you want. All are welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. Look out for our gazebo.    

     Saturday 3rd August  Big Butterfly Count (10 till 12 noon)

Come and help us identify butterflies in the park and arboretum for 15 minutes and bring your children/grandchildren for some butterfly themed activities. 

Saturday 27th July Rain or Shine Theatre Company will perform As You Like It in the park. Details on the Rain or Shine website:

where tickets can be purchased online. Tickets also available from 5.30pm on the night.

     RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

We met for the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch on January 26th. Have a look at our Birds page for the results.

This year's froglets are spreading out from the pond so watch out for something jumping near your feet! In a pond dipping session in April we found palmate and smooth newts.


We are very proud to announce that the park and arboretum have received the 


for 2018/19

A big thank you to everybody who has helped to achieve this award.

Grazing in the arboretum

The Dexter cattle are due to arrive in mid-July. In order to give some of the later flowering wildflowers chance to finish flowering and to set seed we have erected temporary fencing in one area of the Arboretum. The fencing will be removed later in the season. 

  In the autumn or spring children from Buttons Kindergarten in Barnwood sow native British wildflower seeds in a special flowerbed that has been built on top of an insect hotel in Barnwood Arboretum.   The planting of these wildflowers is part of the “Grow Wild” project in conjunction with the BBC Countryfile team.    Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Grow Wild is an exciting four-year programme that will bring people together to sow UK native wild flowers. Grow Wild believes that together we can transform and bring colour to where we live: turning unloved spaces into wildlife-friendly wild flower havens. 

  Children from Buttons Kindergarten standing in front of the daffodils they planted by the Church Lane entrance to the park.

As well the Green Flag Award, we were extremely proud to be declared a winner of the


in 2016 and 2017

This is a new Award that is presented to Green Flag Award or Green Flag Community Award winning parks and green spaces that have made improvements to encourage pollinators. For further information

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