Barnwood Arboretum & Park

Events 2018   

 Dates for your diary:  

 We do not have any Saturday work mornings planned in the near future. Most of the work is done in the autumn, winter and early spring. However, we are planning to hold a work session on Thursday 26th July. If you want to come along then please get in touch via the Contact Us page.

     Our summer events include:

Rain or Shine Theatre's production of Much Ado About Nothing on Saturday July 28th (details below)

Big Butterfly Count on Saturday      August 4th from 10.30am to 12.30pm (details below)


              a Moth morning: 

       on Saturday 25th August                (changed from 18th August) 


Big Butterfly Count Saturday August 4th 10.30am to 12.30pm

This event is FREE. All are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Come and help us identify butterflies for 15 minutes at any time between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

Free craft activities for children.

Butterfly and bee friendly plants for sale.

Find us under a gazebo in the park.

We are also looking forward to this years production by the

 Rain  or Shine

Theatre Company 

Saturday 28th July at 6.30pm

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.

The wildlife pond is already teeming with life this year. Frogs have visited and laid their frogspawn and these have turned into tadpoles. Have a look over the fence from the chippings path. The barley straw, kept afloat by milk bottles, has given rise to many questions! Yes, we have put it there deliberately to help reduce the possibility of blanket weed.

Grazing in the arboretum

6 Dexter cattle arrived on July 20th and will be grazing the Arboretum (the Local Nature Reserve part of the site accessed via a footbridge in the middle of Barnwood Park) for about 8 weeks. Some of the Dexters have horns so may appear to be fierce but they are calm and docile animals and are generally more wary of you than you are of them. If they walk towards you it is because they are curious. If you are concerned that they are too close you can clap your hands and they will go away. It is best to walk at a calm and regular pace past the cattle. Please ensure that children are supervised and do not run towards them.

Sheep from St James's City Farm will follow the cattle in September/October.

  In the autumn children from Buttons Kindergarten in Barnwood sowed 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. The plants are doing well and should flower soon.

  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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