Barnwood Arboretum & Park

Events and News 2019   

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


for 2019/20

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

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. Work session dates for the autumn will be posted here in due course.

Big Butterfly Count

Butterfly Conservation want us all to count and identify butterflies between July 19th and August 11th. For details see

On Saturday 3rd August a number of us identified butterflies in the park and arboretum and the results will be posted on the Butterfly page once we have collated them.

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.

The Dexters have arrived

The Dexter cattle arrived in mid-July and will be here until mid-September. There are 5 Dexters in the Arboretum: Beattie, Lorna, Gussie, Dot and Mungo. 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 local children 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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