Date(s) - 18/06/2015
10:15 - 12:15
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A tree walk in Alice Holt Arboretum, led by Brian Greig.
The weather held and there was a complete turnout of attendees who were greeted at the nearby car park and we were all impressed with the comprehensive safety briefing that we received!
Getting down to business Brian explained that he would take us on a trail of marked trees, referenced in a leaflet that was available to visitors at the entrance to the arboretum that he would hand out at the end of the walk, justifying this by saying that he would be covering the material documented during his talk. Thus prepared we all set off following Brian into the arboretum proper.
We were then treated to a comprehensive tour of the Alice Holt Arboretum pausing to be briefed in turn on some 30 trees, including Spruce, Pine, Beech, Chestnut, Alder, Cedar, Redwood to name just a few. Brian’s enthusiasm clearly rubbed off on everyone and at each pause to examine a specimen tree there was a wealth of questions that he answered.
Brian explained the history of the Arboretum, which started as a fenced experimental research area in the 1950s with the purpose of testing how a wide variety of trees might be candidates for wide spread forestry use.
The experimental activities came to an end by the mid 70’s and the area was then further developed as an arboretum for public use. Recently the area has been restored with the help of a group of volunteers working with the Alice Holt Community Forum and Forestry Commission.
During the walk, we learned that one of Brian’s favourite trees is the Douglas Fir. After the walk was over there was a well deserved vote of thanks to him for a fascinating visit.