Nursery Rhyme Trail
Aug
4
to Nov 30

Nursery Rhyme Trail

Have you ever wondered what the little mouse made his clogs from, or about the origins of the nonsense poem Hickory Dickory Dock? Tiptoe through our nursery rhyme trail to find out.

Aimed at families with children aged 3-8

During opening hours. 

Normal admission applies

 

 

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Jim the Plant Hunter
Aug
4
to Nov 30

Jim the Plant Hunter

Step into the boots of a plant hunter and explore botanical treasures from around the world. You will need to adventure across the arboretum to find rare plants hailing from China to Chile and collect stamps in your ‘passport’ along the way.

Aimed at families with primary aged children

During opening hours. Suitable for all

Normal admission applies

 

 

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Meet the Artist - Justine Warner
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

Meet the Artist - Justine Warner

Members and friends are invited to mark the launch of Threads through Nature - an exhibition by local mixed media and textile artist Justine Warner who has produced a body of work based on the Yorkshire Arboretum during her year-long residency.

Meet Justine and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Free

Booking required. Please call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us at visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Ray Wood Autumn Tours
Oct
21
to Oct 23

Ray Wood Autumn Tours

Join our Members' tour of this glorious garden to see the autumn colours.

Tours will take place on Sunday 21st October and Tuesday 23rd October.

Meet our expert guide in the Castle Howard Courtyard by 10:20.

Free

Booking required - please call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us at visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Meetings with Trees: Autumn Glory
Oct
21
11:00 AM11:00

Meetings with Trees: Autumn Glory

The final meeting in a series of seven tours, each of which explores a particular aspect of the life of trees.

The Arboretum is always busy in October because people love the autumn colour of trees. On this tour we'll look at the differences in colour of different trees at this time of year, and at the overall effect of their contributions to the landscape.

We'll meet in the cafe at 10:30am and then set out to walk at 11am.

 Free  

(Normal admission applies)

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Listening to Trees
Oct
27
to Nov 4

Listening to Trees

Have you ever wondered what a tree sounds like inside? Come and hear the inner workings of a tree through the wonders of modern technology. Acoustics can tell us much about a tree’s health – from the stealthy munching of a beetle grub to a weak branch union, but also provide an insight into the dynamic nature of wood as it flexes in the wind.

Dave Chesmore will explain all on Sunday 28 October, or you can join us as we listen and record sounds at other trees this week. A chorus of tree sounds will be available to listen to all week.

During opening hours. Suitable for all

Normal admission applies

 

 

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Fungi Foray
Oct
30
1:30 PM13:30

Fungi Foray

Join in a hunt for fungi around the arboretum, see what you can find and get your specimens identified by our expert, Malcom Greaves. Will it be colourful, will it be unusual, who can tell?

Adult £7.50, Child £5 plus admission.

Booking required - please book below, call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us at visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

Fungi Foray
from 5.00
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Botanical art - plant illustration over six centuries [Talk]
Nov
8
7:15 PM19:15

Botanical art - plant illustration over six centuries [Talk]

Combined with a unique display of artworks from the 16th-21st centuries, our Director John Grimshaw shows how botanical art and reproduction methods have evolved over time.

Complimentary tea and coffee from 7:15. Talk starts at 7:30pm. 

Free but donations welcome. 

Booking required please. Please book below, call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us.

 
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Winter Tree Identification
Nov
21
10:00 AM10:00

Winter Tree Identification

Have you ever wished that you could identify trees better? In this day course our director and expert plantsman, John Grimshaw, will show you how to identify some of our broadleaved trees, both native and more unusual, when they are not in leaf. He will also be able to advise on the best trees for your garden, whether large or small, wet or dry, the best time to plant them and how to care for them.

£40 per adult.

Light lunch and refreshments included.

10% discount for RHS members.

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Winter Tree Walk
Nov
28
10:30 AM10:30

Winter Tree Walk

National tree week has been running since 1975, just before George Howard and James Russell started developing the arboretum as we know it today. On this walk with our director, John Grimshaw will show you around and explain how the site has developed over the years.

Normal admission applies.

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Willow Wreaths
Nov
29
10:00 AM10:00

Willow Wreaths

Make a luxury, rustic willow wreath for your home from natural, locally sourced materials. Show off your creativity and get into the Christmas spirit!

Booking essential - please call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or book your tickets by following the link below:

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Winter Welly Walks
Dec
26
10:00 AM10:00

Winter Welly Walks

A Yorkshire Arboretum fundraising institution, generously run by one of our life members and helpers.

Make the most of the festive season and enjoy a walk in the fresh air and glorious surroundings of the arboretum. Return to the visitor centre for hot and cold drinks, home-made treats and plenty of festive cheer!

£7 adults, £4 for 11-16yr olds, £2 for 5-10yr olds, under 5s go free.

Book your tickets by following the link below:

Alternatively, please call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us at visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Winter Welly Walks
Jan
1
10:00 AM10:00

Winter Welly Walks

A Yorkshire Arboretum fundraising institution, generously run by one of our life members and helpers.

Make the most of the festive season and enjoy a walk in the fresh air and glorious surroundings of the arboretum. Return to the visitor centre for hot and cold drinks and home-made treats.

£7 adults, £4 for 11-16yr olds, £2 for 5-10yr olds, under 5s go free. 

Book your tickets by following the link below:

Alternatively, please call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us at visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Photography Workshop
Oct
13
8:45 AM08:45

Photography Workshop

A half-day workshop taking photographs and receiving advice and support from a qualified teacher from Ryedale Garden Photography who has many years experience.

The workshop is for a small number of people and is ideal for beginner photographers or for those who are new to digital photography. You will cover a range of topics such as composition, exposure, focus, camera settings, aperture and shutter speed. This is a great way to explore the arboretum, spending the morning with like-minded people and picking up advice on how to take better photographs.

£50 per person

For further information or to book a place click here.

 

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Urban trees of tomorrow – which are they and how to find them? [Talk]
Oct
11
7:15 PM19:15

Urban trees of tomorrow – which are they and how to find them? [Talk]

The benefits of urban trees are well known - but which species are most suitable? Henrik Sjöman from Gothenburg Botanic Garden, Sweden, discusses how he is looking for the best to create a diverse and resilient urban forest.

Complimentary tea and coffee from 7:15. Talk starts at 7:30pm. 

Free but donations welcome. 

Booking required please. Please book below, call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us.

 
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Principles of Pruning
Oct
8
1:30 PM13:30

Principles of Pruning

Not sure how to prune your trees and shrubs?  It can be a daunting prospect! Join John Grimshaw and other experts from the Yorkshire Arboretum to learn the best techniques and times for pruning, so that you can take on the task in confidence and enhance the beauty of the woody plants in your garden.

Suitable for all aged 16 upwards.

This is a repeat of this morning's session.

Normal admission applies

Booking required. To reserve your space please ring the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us 

 

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Principles of Pruning
Oct
8
10:30 AM10:30

Principles of Pruning

Not sure how to prune your trees and shrubs?  It can be a daunting prospect! Join John Grimshaw and other experts from the Yorkshire Arboretum to learn the best techniques and times for pruning, so that you can take on the task in confidence and enhance the beauty of the woody plants in your garden.

Suitable for all aged 16 upwards.

This session will be repeated this afternoon

Normal admission applies

Booking required. To reserve your space please ring the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us 

 

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Ashes to Ashes? A Workshop about Ash Dieback and Biosecurity
Oct
1
1:30 PM13:30

Ashes to Ashes? A Workshop about Ash Dieback and Biosecurity

Concerns with plant pests and disease are often in the headlines since Ash Dieback caught the public's imagination. This workshop will provide up to date information on Ash Dieback, give an opportunity to see the disease in action and to discuss principles of day to day biosecurity that we should all be aware of. Help us survey the arboretum’s collection of ash species from round the world – we need to know which may be resistant!

This session is a repeat of the morning session.

Normal admission applies

Booking required. To reserve your space please ring the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us 

 

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Ashes to Ashes? A Workshop about Ash Dieback and Biosecurity
Oct
1
10:30 AM10:30

Ashes to Ashes? A Workshop about Ash Dieback and Biosecurity

Concerns with plant pests and disease are often in the headlines since Ash Dieback caught the public's imagination. This workshop will provide up to date information on Ash Dieback, give an opportunity to see the disease in action and to discuss principles of day to day biosecurity that we should all be aware of. Help us survey the arboretum’s collection of ash species from round the world – we need to know which may be resistant!

This session is repeated this afternoon

Normal admission applies

Booking required. To reserve your space please ring the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us 

 

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Members' Morning
Sep
27
10:30 AM10:30

Members' Morning

Join our Director, John Grimshaw, for an informal chat over a cup of coffee followed by a walk under his expert guidance. You’ll discover something new no matter how long you may have been a member!  

Free but booking required please. Please book by calling the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us.

 
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Gardening in the Emerald City [Talk]
Sep
12
7:15 PM19:15

Gardening in the Emerald City [Talk]

Riz Reyes is a young Filipino-American, making a name for himself in horticulture there. This will be his first UK talk, covering the exciting garden scene in his home city of Seattle.

Complimentary tea and coffee from 7:15. Talk starts at 7:30pm. 

Free but donations welcome. 

Booking required please. Please book below, call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us.

 
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Meetings with Trees: Back to School
Sep
9
11:00 AM11:00

Meetings with Trees: Back to School

The sixth in a series of seven tours, each of which explores a particular aspect of the life of trees.

There is still a lot to learn from the trees in our collection. For this tour, you are invited to tell us what in particular you'd be interested to learn about and we can try and find the answers when we go out.

We'll meet in the cafe at 10:30am and then set out to walk at 11am.

 Free  

(Normal admission applies)

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Bat Walk
Sep
8
7:00 PM19:00

Bat Walk

Take a dusk walk in the arboretum armed with a bat detector and accompanied by our expert Simon Bassindale. The noises we pick up will help us identify the species that we find.

Please wrap up warmly and bring a torch!

Adults £5, Child £3

Booking required. To reserve your space please click on the link below, ring the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us at visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

Bat Walk Tickets
from 3.00
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Sep
6
7:30 PM19:30

Talk - The Grand Landscape of Castle Howard

The Yorkshire Arboretum occupies part of one of the grandest of grand landscapes in England. Learn about how this landscape has developed from 1699 onwards from Dr Chris Ridgway, Curator of Castle Howard, and see how we fit into it. 

The talk starts at 7:30 with complimentary tea and coffee available from 7:15pm

FREE

Booking required please. Call 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Make a Willow Pig
Sep
5
10:00 AM10:00

Make a Willow Pig

Learn a new skill and make a handsome willow pig for your garden.

No prior knowledge needed - just enthusiasm!

£60 per person.

All materials provided. Bring your own lunch or take a break in the Arboretum Cafe.

Booking required. To reserve your space please ring the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us at visit@yorkshirearboretum.org 

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Exhibition: Mapping Ourselves- The Yorkshire Arboretum within the Castle Howard Landscape: Past, Present and Future
Sep
3
to Sep 22

Exhibition: Mapping Ourselves- The Yorkshire Arboretum within the Castle Howard Landscape: Past, Present and Future

Are you interested in local history? Learn how the arboretum site has changed over time - from a medieval deer park to part of the Castle Howard designed landscape - and from there to the layout we enjoy today. But landscapes always change - how might it look in the future? 

This exhibition will be in the Visitor Centre and available during opening hours.

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Gardens Open 2018 - Ellerker House
Sep
2
12:00 PM12:00

Gardens Open 2018 - Ellerker House

Ellerker House was once the office belonging to Everingham Estate, owned by the Duke of Norfolk. The garden is 5 acres and comprises parkland, home to many mature trees including Corsica pines, Atlantic beech and many oaks, and a formal lawn surrounded by colour-themed herbaceous borders planted for texture and colour throughout the year.

A rose archway planted with old English roses leads towards the lake which is surrounded by a woodland pathway made from tree roots and stumps and planted with many spring bulbs, hellebores and anemones to give a mass of colour, and extensive woodland to walk in.

Location: Everingham, YO42 4JA. 5 and a half miles from Pocklington. Just out of the village heading towards Harswell.

Parking: drive through the main gates and park along the drive.

Partly accessible, guide dogs only, plants for sale.

Season tickets giving access to all gardens open during 2018 are £20.00

Day ticket giving access to all gardens open on a single day £5.00

Purchase your tickets at the Yorkshire Arboretum Visitor Centre or at any participating garden.

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Sep
2
12:00 PM12:00

Gardens Open 2018 - Boundary Cottage

Lecturer and creator of Bolton Percy churchyard garden, Roger Brook's own no-dig garden has 1500 plant varieties, many rare, providing colour all year round. The garden has numerous features, sweeping views, and holds the National Collection of Dicentra. Horticulturally unorthodox, especially the fruit and vegetables, the overall effect is dramatic.

Location: Seaton Ross, York, YO42 4NF. On the road from Seaton Ross to Melbourne. Leave Seaton Ross and immediately turn left at the top (north) of the village.

Parking: On road

Fully accessible, dogs on leads welcome, plants for sale, refreshments available.

Season tickets giving access to all gardens open during 2018 are £20.00

Day ticket giving access to all gardens open on a single day £5.00

Purchase your tickets at the Yorkshire Arboretum Visitor Centre or at any participating garden.

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Discovery Day
Aug
22
10:00 AM10:00

Discovery Day

Children aged 4-11 will discover the natural world during these hour long sessions which start on the hour from 10am-1pm.

Today's activities are mini beasts and story sticks. (Indoor alternatives will be available if the weather is poor).

Free

(Normal admission applies)

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Aug
19
11:00 AM11:00

Meetings with Trees: Why do Trees Matter?

The fifth in a series of seven tours, each of which explores a particular aspect of the life of trees.

This session looks at the importance of trees in our lives. Walking around the Arboretum as individuals, we can appreciate them in many ways, by sight, smell, hearing, touch, and feeling the effect on our well-being, but we can also glimpse the massive role that trees play in life more generally.

We'll meet in the cafe at 10:30am and then set out to walk at 11am.

 Free  

(Normal admission applies)

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Discovery Day
Aug
8
10:00 AM10:00

Discovery Day

Children aged 4-11 will discover the natural world during these hour long sessions which start on the hour from 10am-1pm.

Today's activities are pond dipping and orienteering. (Indoor alternatives will be available if the weather is poor).

Free

(Normal admission applies)

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Beekeeping for Beginners
Aug
7
6:00 PM18:00

Beekeeping for Beginners

Learn about the heritage of beekeeping from a  real bee keeper. There will be a demonstration of how a hive works, followed by a tour to view the active hives at the hornbeam. We will then view the wildflower areas and discuss how bees contribute to our landscape and heritage through pollination. 

Suitable for all. 

FREE to pre-booked attendees

Booking essential please. Call 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Gardens Open 2018 - The Poplars
Aug
5
2:00 PM14:00

Gardens Open 2018 - The Poplars

The Poplars (Peter and Christina Young) has unusual tender plants in a densely planted garden and conservatory around a Victorian house and barns, and a compact arboretum with over a hundred species of trees and shrubs. There are also fruit and vegetable gardens, llama paddocks and a wildlife pond.

Location: The Poplars, Main Street, Newton upon Derwent, York, YO41 4DA. Located in the centre of the village.

Parking: at rear of The Poplars or on Main Street.

Partly accessible, guide dogs only, refreshments available.

Season tickets giving access to all gardens open during 2018 are £20.00

Day ticket giving access to all gardens open on a single day £5.00

Purchase your tickets at the Yorkshire Arboretum Visitor Centre or at any participating garden.

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Gardens Open 2018 - Chantilly
Aug
5
11:00 AM11:00

Gardens Open 2018 - Chantilly

  • 31 Moor Road York, England, YO41 1BJ United Kingdom (map)
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May Townsend's garden has been developed over the last 10 years from two dandelion infested lawns into a series of easily managed beds of shrubs and perennial herbaceous plants which add interest throughout the year as well as many spring bulbs and hellebores. 

The neighbouring garden (owned by Hilary Selvin) will also be open at the same time.

Location: 31 Moor Road, Stamford Bridge, YO41 1BJ.

Parking: Blue badge holders on drive. Others round the corner in Whiterose Drive.

Partly accessible, plants for sale, refreshments available. No dogs please.

Season tickets giving access to all gardens open during 2018 are £20.00

Day ticket giving access to all gardens open on a single day £5.00

Purchase your tickets at the Yorkshire Arboretum Visitor Centre or at any participating garden.

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Gardens Open 2018 - The Hayloft
Aug
5
10:30 AM10:30

Gardens Open 2018 - The Hayloft

  • Holburns Croft York, England, YO10 5DP United Kingdom (map)
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Sir John Lawton welcomes you to explore his formal front garden, more informal back garden and orchard. There's a good variety of interesting plants in beds ranging from hot and dry to cool and damp, plus a small open meadow and a larger orchard meadow.

Location: Holburns Croft, Heslington, York, YO10 5DP. From Heslington Hall head west towards Fulford. Holburns Croft is second on the left after Main Street.

Parking: on the house drive or, if full, on road.

Partly accessible, guide dogs only, refreshments available.

Season tickets giving access to all gardens open during 2018 are £20.00

Day ticket giving access to all gardens open on a single day £5.00

Purchase your tickets at the Yorkshire Arboretum Visitor Centre or at any participating garden.

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Aug
4
6:00 PM18:00

Mindful Walking for Wellbeing

Experience the benefits of the calm and peaceful surroundings of the arboretum. Scientific studies have emphasised that spending time in the great outdoors promotes human health and has been linked to lower stress levels, improved working memory and feeling more alive. This is an opportunity to be immersed in the present through a quiet group walk interspersed with reflections of how landscape and biodiversity can help our wellbeing.

Suitable for adults. No dogs please

FREE to pre-booked attendees

Booking essential please. Call 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Meet the Artist
Jul
30
11:00 AM11:00

Meet the Artist

Meet our Artist in Residence, Justine Warner, who will be in the Visitor Centre with her sewing machine today, preparing work for her show in October and chatting with visitors about her work which is predominantly using textiles and fibres,

A drop-in event.

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Kids' Activity Week - Woodland Wizard Day
Jul
26
10:00 AM10:00

Kids' Activity Week - Woodland Wizard Day

Lots of nature-inspired activities for intrepid explorers aged 6-11 with different activities each day. Come to one or all 4 sessions.

Join the woodland fairy for a day of other-worldly activities including wand making, magic hats, magic potions, relay races, crafts, party snacks, magical drinks and much more.

Fancy dress encouraged! No adults allowed!

Booking essential - please call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us at visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

£20 per child, £15 for second and subsequent siblings

Please bring a packed lunch. 

Drop off from 8:30am and/or collection at 4pm available by prior arrangement (£4 per child per hour).

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Kids' Activity Week - Beast Day
Jul
25
10:00 AM10:00

Kids' Activity Week - Beast Day

Lots of nature-inspired activities for intrepid explorers aged 6-11 with different activities each day. Come to one or all 4 sessions.

Today's activities include a minibeast hunt, decomposition activities, art, outdoor music and crafts.

No adults allowed!

Booking essential - please call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us at visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

£15 per child, £12 for second and subsequent siblings

Please bring a packed lunch. 

Drop off from 8:30am and/or collection at 4pm available by prior arrangement (£4 per child per hour).

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Kids' Activity Week - Creative Arts Day
Jul
24
10:00 AM10:00

Kids' Activity Week - Creative Arts Day

Lots of nature-inspired activities for intrepid explorers aged 6-11 with different activities each day. Come to one or all 4 sessions.

Today's activities include making a story stick, meet a tree, crafts and poetry.

No adults allowed!

Booking essential - please call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us at visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

£15 per child, £12 for second and subsequent siblings

Please bring a packed lunch. 

Drop off from 8:30am and/or collection at 4pm available by prior arrangement (£4 per child per hour).

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