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 18th May Moth event (NB this has been moved from 4th May because it is going to be too cold for many moths to be out)

Moths will be attracted overnight and released following identification in the morning from 9.30am. The moths are very sleepy and easy to photograph. All are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Look out for our gazebo in the Arboretum.

    Saturday 8th June at 9.30am.      Wildflower walk. Contact us for    more details.

            Saturday 3rd August 

    Big Butterfly Count (time tbc)

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

     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.

Frog spawn appeared in the wildlife pond on Saturday 2nd March. There are now lots of tadpoles. Come and have a closer look on Saturday 27th April at 4pm when there will be an opportunity for pond dipping with A Rocha .


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 sheep returned to St James's City Farm in December. The grazing regime will start again towards the end of the summer with the arrival of Dexter cattle.

  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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