Barnwood Arboretum & Park



 Dates for your diary:  

 Our next Workday will be on:

Saturday 27 May

We are going to make a path by the wildlife pond. If you would like to join us meet us on the bridge into the Arboretum at 9.30am.dult. You can just turn up on the day or phone 533480 for further details.

Saturday June 16 Moth Event

9.30am onwards

If you think that all moths are brown and dull come and join us and prepare to be amazed! Moths will have entered the traps overnight and will be released once identified. Accompanied children are very welcome.

Saturday July 29th.

 Big Butterfly Count

Help us to find out what different types of butterfly there are in the Park and Arboretum. Accompanied children are very welcome.

Details nearer the time.

This years production by the

 Rain  or Shine

Theatre Company 

will be

Saturday5th. August at 6.30pm

Saturday August 12 Moth Event

9.30am onwards. As June 16th.

 R.S.P.B. Big Garden Birdwatch in January

We saw:

Blackbirds,   Blackcap,  Black Headed Gulls,  Blue tits,  Carrion Crows,  Chaffinches,  Coal tit, Dunnock,  Goldfinches,  Great Spotted Woodpecker,  Great Tits,  Greenfinch,  Green woodpecker,  Jay,  Kingfisher,  Long Tailed Tits,  Magpies,  Mallards (41),  Mistle Thrushes,  Moorhens,  Robins,  Sparrowhawk,  Wood Pigeons  & Wrens.

The new flower bed in the park is now in progress.

Regular visitors to the park will have noticed recent changes to the flower bed near the Church Lane entrance. Several years ago Gloucester City Council teamed up with the Bee Guardian Foundation to increase habitat for bees across the city. This involved creating “urban wildflower meadows” – swathes of pollen and nectar rich annual flowers – along roadside verges and in parks as well as planting many more trees attractive to pollinators. The Friends of Barnwood Arboretum took over the care of the newly created flower bed in Barnwood Park after the first year and have continued to re-seed and weed it each year.


Recently we came to the conclusion that we could extend the season for pollinators by using (mainly) perennial plants. We hope that it will also be attractive to park visitors for a longer period. Initially we were planning to base our choice of plants on the RHS Perfect for Pollinators plant list. This is a huge list and we were still struggling to work out where to start when two of the Friends came across an interesting flower bed in a park in Tunbridge Wells. This flower bed was part of an experiment by the University of Sussex aimed at putting recommendations of bee and insect friendly garden plants on a firmer scientific basis. We are very grateful to Professor F. Ratnieks of the University of Sussex.


We have now planted up the flower bed thanks to donations of plants from individual Friends. (When removing the old annual flowers we inadvertently disturbed a family of wood mice sheltering amongst the flower stems. Fortunately we were able to help them reach the shelter of the hedge.) The plants are grouped in blocks of the same variety as this is more efficient for pollinators and will hopefully look better. We aim to record what is in flower each week throughout the year and would be delighted to recruit regular visitors to the park to help with this. (If you would like to volunteer please phone Elaine or Ron on 533480 or email The flower bed is surrounded by species crocus which have been flowering successfully in the early spring for 4 or 5 years and are a useful source of early nectar.


We do not expect that we have got everything right at this stage. Some of the plants we have used may be invasive and others may not like the conditions so we shall review and make changes as necessary. Like most flower beds this will be an ongoing project as well as a useful experiment for those of us who want to improve habitat for pollinators in our own gardens.

A new addition which appeared in the park is the Chicken Feast fungus.    A larger pic is in the Picture Gallery

We are very proud to announce that we have been awarded the


for 2016/17

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

 Chairman of the Friends group Ron Keasley receiving the award from Deputy leader of the City council, Jennie Dallimore with Barnwood Councillor Lisa Noakes & FoBA Peter Curle.


Wildlife Pond .

is now completed.

Unfortunately it has developed a leak.  The manufacturers and the contractors are trying to find out why and for the best way to solve the problem.

See the Home page for update


Recently a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers have been seen flying in the arboretum, with any luck they may nest locally.

The sighting of any of the woodpeckers has been on the rare side recently, so it's nice to see this pair.

The kingfisher has been sighted by quite a lot of people lately.


Grazing in the arboretum

The sheep have now gone to a field in Hempstead ready for lambing in April.

 First lambs to be born from our new flock were twins,

The new 'trash' screen at the weir.


Again this year,  Children from the Buttons Kindergarten in Barnwood had a fun afternoon sowing 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 Road entrance to the park.


You may be interested to know that a little egret was seen fishing in the brook (by the big outfall) over several days in June. If it comes back you won't miss it because it is so white.

 Picture taken by The Brignalls

As well the Green Flag Award, we are extremely proud to announce that we have been declared as a winner of the


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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