23/08/2012 - Propagation celebration!


Staff at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum have today been celebrating the opening of a new propagation unit funded by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.

Staff from the Forestry Commission and the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum charity celebrated along with volunteers as the ribbon to a range of new polytunnels and shade houses was cut by Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum trustee Antonia Mills.

Penny Jones, propagator at Westonbirt Arboretum, commented:

"Propagation at Westonbirt has always been carefully planned and organised, but these new facilities will enable us to work more efficiently and get trees planted out into the collection sooner and in the best possible condition."

The design of the new Propagation Unit also enables public access to the area, where new interpretation helps visitors to understand the journey of a seedling - which can take up to five years - from the greenhouse to the arboretum.

Tours of the unit are also planned, and the first of these will take place this weekend at Treefest (25-27 August). Visit the Great Oak Hall to find out more about how to join the tours.

Image: Penny Jones, propagator, celebrates with a Propagation Unit cake made for her by Leigh Jane from Westonbirt's visitor services team.

Useful links:
    •    Find out more about the creation of the new Propagation Unit 
    •    Visit the Treefest website: www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-treefest

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