Barnwood Park and Arboretum


Events and

Goodbye to Justin

Justin Hobbs has moved to work for Cotswold District Council. For many years, in his role as Tree Officer for Gloucester City Council, Justin offered valuable support to the Friends Group, often going above and beyond what was required. We have benefited enormously from his considerable knowledge and expertise so are very pleased that he will continue to join us as a volunteer, from time to time.

Justin on left with Ron and other members of the Friends Group

Justin has sent this message:

All the years working with FOBA and seeing the transition and improvement of the Arboretum and the Park has been one of the most rewarding and pleasing parts of my role at the City Council. I have so many fond and happy memories of working with Ron, Elaine and all the Friends, you are a truly inspirational group. The Friends have achieved so much and I'm sure they will continue to make Barnwood Arboretum and Park the amazing and special place it is - Gloucester's hidden jewel, or rather its crown  jewel!

One man came to mow.........

The wildflower areas in the Park Balancing Pond have been mown. This late summer cutting is a very important part of the management of these areas in order to ensure a good display of flowers next year. The annual flowers have shed their seed and the perennials will survive being cut down. The 'arisings' have been collected to reduce soil fertility and to avoid leaving a thatch, which will inhibit the growth of next year's flowers.

          Grazing Animals

The five Dexter cattle that arrived in the Arboretum in late July left on the 14th September. Their departure was tranquil in large part due to the husband of one of the Friends, who it turns out has prior experience with cattle.  During their stay with us, the Dexters did a wonderful job of reducing the vegetation whilst still retaining the habitat for all the plants, insects and animals that live in it. We look forward to receiving the sheep in October.

For more details about grazing see 'Meet the Grazing Team'

News 2021

Green Flag Award

On 14th October it was announced that the Park and Arboretum have received the Green Flag Award 2021. In their feedback the judges commented on the major role of the Friends Group in managing the site and also on the innovative use of cattle and sheep to graze the arboretum.

Well done everybody!

October Work Session

Chippings were laid on the path around the Arboretum to ensure continued access for buggies, wheelchairs and mobility scooters, as the weather becomes wetter. Also the flowerbed in the Park was given a good tidy up. The main path in the Park is scheduled for repair.

Work Session September  2021

A work morning took place on 18th September. This was the first since Covid restrictions were lifted and meant that the 14 volunteers had a chance to catch up over a drink and biscuit at the end of the session. 

A lot of bramble was removed in readiness for the arrival of the sheep. Wood chippings were laid on a length of path to begin the process of keeping the paths accessible and mud free when the ground becomes wet. The path in front of the pond was cleared of weeds so that people can more easily see what is happening in the pond.

A productive morning's work in lovely sunshine!

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