If Trees Could Talk - Extra Events in 2018

We're delighted to launch a brand new programme of extra events, activities and workshops taking place between July and October this year. These events are 'tasters' for the activities and events we're considering for our Heritage Lottery Fund supported project 'If Trees Could Talk' and we really want to know if such events would help you to get more out of a visit to the arboretum. 

You can download a copy of the programme below. Please come along and let us know what you think.


Tree Health Training May 2018

The Yorkshire Arboretum invites you to a training course for businesses across the area served by York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership. Developing skills and competency in tree health security.
Plant health specialists from Fera Science Ltd and the Yorkshire Arboretum will deliver the course as Calderdale College Associates to help develop skills in the arboricultural, horticultural, forestry and woodland industries and allied businesses dealing with trees.
This three-day course is suitable for all staff and will be a basic introduction into the key elements of recognition of tree health issues, good biosecurity practice and resilience and mitigation, enabling participants to continue to develop their skills and competency in this area. It will be a mix of presentations, demonstrations, practical activities, Q&A and based on the following elements:
• Introduction to tree pests and diseases
• Identification of tree pests and diseases
• Good biosecurity practice
• Resilience and mitigation of pests and diseases and their effects
Learning outcomes: As a result of attending this workshop you will be able to explain:
• What are the main threats to trees from pests and diseases
• What are harmful organisms
• The type of damage they may cause
• How organisms can be introduced and spread
• What is good biosecurity practice and how you can apply it in your work
• How to mitigate for tree pests and diseases
• How can I develop my competency in Tree Health and Biosecurity further
Venues and dates:
The course will take place at Fera Science Ltd, Sand Hutton, YO41 1LZ and the Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, YO60 7BY over three weeks, with the same syllabus being taught on two consecutive days each week. Please indicate which days you would like to attend.
1/2 May Full day: Introduction to tree health issues and identification of pests & diseases
8/9 May Full day: Biosecurity and resilience
15/16 May Half day: Biosecurity
We are able offer the training free to businesses, including sole-traders, based in the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP area (https://www.businessinspiredgrowth.com/where-we-cover/) but there will be a charge of £15 per day to cover booking and catering costs, including lunch.
To arrange your free place apply to visit@yorkshirearboretum.org by 18th April.

Full details of the program can be found here: TreeHealthTraining.pdf

2018 Events Programme

Our 2018 What's On Guide is now available to download below and printed copies will be available from the Visitor Centre from 24th March.

With over 100 events including family activities, garden talks and walks, wildlife encounters and arts and crafts there is something on offer for everyone.

Download your copy below!


Open Gardens 2018

Once again a number of the Yorkshire Arboretum’s supporters have generously offered to open their gardens exclusively in aid of arboretum funds through the spring and summer.

Ranging from cottage gardens to ‘big houses’ this season we have 13 gardens, including several new ones, offering a chance to see a diversity of horticultural styles and a vast range of plants within easy reach of the arboretum.

A season ticket for all gardens is only £20 or a day ticket, valid for all gardens open on any single day, is £5. Tickets are available from the Yorkshire Arboretum Visitor Centre or at individual gardens on the day. For full information please download details below


Please help with our Survey

During 2018 we are working on the development phase of our Heritage Lottery Fund project ‘If Trees Could Talk’. This aims to enable more people to visit and learn more about this place, its collection and its native flora and fauna – three strands of a rich heritage. Accessibility, in every sense, is the core of the project and we are looking to explore what this means during this year’s development work. It will mean hard pathways and interesting interpretation, new activities and facilities, but we need to know more about your thoughts on how you would like to see the arboretum develop – and how you perceive it now.
We would greatly appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to complete this survey, which will help us shape this project. Responses will be anonymous if you don’t choose to leave your email (with the opportunity to win a year’s free membership) and we will not share your information with anyone else.
Please click here to go to the survey.
Thank you,
Sarah Maultby
HLF Project Officer


The Yorkshire Arboretum wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

The Yorkshire Arboretum has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its project ‘If Trees Could Talk’ . The project aims to tell the story of the arboretum’s trees, its historic site and rich natural biodiversity to a wide audience. Thanks to National Lottery players, development funding of £44,400 has been awarded to help the Yorkshire Arboretum progress plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.

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Lake Restoration

With your help we plan to remove the encroaching vegetation to restore the broad expanse of water. We’ll also install a hard path, allowing visitors of all abilities to access the area throughout the year, and build new pond-dipping platforms and a bird-watching hide to overlook the water and wetlands of Atkinson’s Bog.

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Road Closure Saturday 22nd July

Please note that the section of road between the Castle Howard Obelisk and Slingsby Crossroads will be closed to all through traffic on Saturday 22 July from 2pm until 5pm.

The road closure is in place to ensure the safety of competitors in the Castle Triathlon Sprint Relay.

Extensive signage will direct drivers around the closure via Ganthorpe and on to their destinations including Castle Howard and the Yorkshire Arboretum, which both will remain open as normal and signage on the day will communicate this.

Coneysthorpe crossroads will be open as a crossing point for 'through traffic' between Coneysthorpe and Terrington, in both directions.

Traffic marshals will be at all closure points to traffic manage residents and farm vehicles requiring access. Please be patient with the marshals as they may ask you to wait a few minutes before they can allow you access. Please activate your hazard warning lights and remain aware that there will be cyclists, travelling at high speed, in both directions.

If you are approaching Castle Howard or the Yorkshire Arboretum from the A64 or Welburn crossroads the road is open as normal.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.