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Offers just for Friends

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Our spring 2015 magazine is out now and contains some great offers for Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum. You’ll need to show a valid membership card to claim the discounts and offers. Enjoy!

  • Cattle Country 20% off for all Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum members – bring magazine voucher with you (page 28)
  • King’s Arms FREE bottle of house wine with a 3-course meal for two – quote ‘FOWA’ when you book and bring your membership card (page 33)
  • Spring Special at Mayfield House Hotel. Buy 1 Get 1 Free on main courses (page 54)
  • Landcare – trees shrubs and wildflowers – 10% off to Friends until 31 May (page 57)

Make sure you look at the adverts in the magazine itself for any additional terms and conditions. Click on the cover image to read online!

Spring 2015 magazine cover

Lousia Lockwood, Editor

Summer Magazine Preview, by Louisa Lockwood, editor

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Hello,

All being well at the printers and the mailing house, the summer issue of The Westonbirt Magazine should be with you from 8th May.

For the first time, we have a dog on the cover! Dog walkers in Silk Wood may also be interested to hear about two new guided walks for dogs and their owners, in June and August. There are many, many more walks, talks, exhibitions and workshops to choose from, it’s a packed timetable this summer.

For family fun we’ve extended the pull-out section with a few more crafty and mucky ideas about getting closer to nature. Children may also enjoy finding out What makes a tree, a tree by Simon Toomer.

There’s a round up of news on site, including a look at the Westonbirt Restaurant where the cream teas and the chunky chips are highly recommended. Yes, together if you like.

At the arboretum, our passion for all things woody is balanced with the aim of sharing that passion as widely as possible. See the feature, Arboretum activities by Chris Meakin, for some of the ways that all too often marginalised groups of people have been inspired by Westonbirt.

The adventurous Ellie Harrison, TV presenter for Countryfile and other programmes, tells us why Westonbirt also inspires her.

Our advertisers have come up with a variety of good offers for Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum this summer; we hope you find them useful.

Change is in the air this month as early blossoms fade and leaves unfurl; Circular Drive alone is worth a weekly visit. (See Facebook for spring photographs). The works onsite are also progressing at a pace so keep abreast of changes at www.westonbirtproject.org.uk and via Sophie Nash’s blog.

Happy Spring, Louisa.

Louisa Lockwood

Spring 2013 Magazine, by Louisa Lockwood, editor

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Hello, here’s a sneak preview of the spring issue. It will land on your doormat around 12th February, just in time for Valentine’s Day – and love is what it’s all about. Find out about the different ways we celebrate our love for Westonbirt and for each other.

The Westonbirt Project is a labour of love for many! Chris Packham recently endorsed the Project, our £1.9 million grant and the arboretum in glowing terms.

I wanted a good photo of him at the arboretum – a task that took some sleuthing. Eventually resorting to Google images, I found the perfect pose but could I get permission in time?

Labelled BBC/Scott Tibbles, I tried BBC switchboard (no record), Autumnwatch (no joy there either!), another search and he came up at Films@59. They said he was ‘somewhere filming orcas’. Probably not local or online.

An experimental email later and Scott replied! On location in Norway and with wifi on the edge of feasibility, but within 20 minutes his hi-res image of Chris was in the hands of the magazine designer! (Thanks Cloud.) Here it is – was it worth it?

Chris-Packham

Closer to home, another new science is playing a part in saving our rarer rhododendrons: micropropagation. Penny Jones explains the science while Graham Dennis explains why we need to use it.

Mark Ballard takes a look at how we choose the trees we do; Simon Toomer explains why cultivars don’t do sexual reproduction (what? You want to know more? Wait until the 12 Feb); Sally Day enjoys the weather (wet, wet, wet) and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is loving lobster.

The Westonbirt Magazine is produced by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum for its membership; to inform Friends about events, to engage Friends in issues that affect the arboretum, and to share enjoyment in and knowledge of this world-renowned tree collection.

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Winter issue, by Louisa Lockwood, Editor

Friday, December 14th, 2012

The winter magazine has been out for a month now and to our surprise quite a number of you noticed the very subtle design changes we made! The compliments about readability and freshness (not to mention the features and photographs) have been passed on to all.

Design-wise we changed the underlying grid to a 12-column which gives greater layout flexibility and has increased the margins between copy columns. We’re mainly avoiding putting text in coloured boxes.

The feature on Lord Heseltine and his fabulous arboretum at Thenford proved so popular that Margaret Headen had no less than 70 people sign up for a Friends’ visit within 10 days of publication. Lord Heseltine has agreed we can take two coach loads (on separate days).

Several of you also responded to the Friend’s Survey summary with further comments which have been noted.

The winning poems for the Enchanted Christmas poetry competition can be read here. http://www.fowa.org.uk/magazine/enchanted_christmas_poetry_winners

In the meantime, the magazine team have been working on the spring issue and we already have a cache of lovely photographs to choose from. I’ll let you know more about the contents in January because, after all, we’ve still got Christmas to enjoy! And if you haven’t made yours already, here’s a tempting Christmas pudding recipe by Rob Rees you might like.

Happy Christmas, Louisa.

Christmas-pud

What’s in the autumn issue, by Louisa Lockwood, Magazine editor

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

The Westonbirt Magazine is produced by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum for its membership; to inform Friends about events, to engage Friends in issues that affect the arboretum, and to share enjoyment in and knowledge of this world-renowned tree collection. Here’s what’s in the autumn 2012 issue…

Autumn cover
For the first time, we bring you an interview with the Director of Westonbirt Arboretum – Simon Toomer. You’ll be able to read more about how he started working at Westonbirt, 12 years ago, and what his personal vision is for the arboretum.

There are no less than 3 very fine features by members of the Tree Team:
Dan Crowley tells us more about the Signature Species that form the backbone of the collection here.
Raef Johnson describes the trees he encountered in the Caucasus and where we can find those species around the arboretum.
Penny Jones shares her excitement at the new, bespoke propagation facilities that have been funded by the Friends and built inside 4 months.

There are some beautiful autumn photographs to enjoy, but do watch out for the spiders.

The rainfall chart is back – bigger and better than ever with some quirky weather facts from Sally Day.

In this Jubilee and Olympic year, Hugh Angus advises us on how to choose a commemorative tree to plant.

We also celebrate one of my favourite foods – wild blackberries – with a recipe by Charlotte Pike who will be cooking alongside Rob Rees at Treefest. There are two pages of Treefest tempters in the magazine too.

I hope you enjoy it!

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A champion in our midst, by Louisa Lockwood, Magazine editor

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

In the summer edition of The Westonbirt Magazine, Richard Townsend, Operations Supervisor on Westonbirt’s Tree Team, describes his day job, other loves and an astonishing athletic feat.

Richard Townsend
Richard’s love of trees was kindled when he was about 22 and his father-in-law asked for a hand cutting branches off a tree. Having enjoyed a taste of tree work, he noticed an advert for a ‘tree feller’ at Westonbirt but they were mostly interested in his mechanical skills! However, Rich explains, “They trained me up, it’s practical skills that were important.”

“Westonbirt time is like a time warp,” says Richard, who has worked at the arboretum since 1 September 1988. The style of work has changed a lot in those 24 years; once merely expected to ‘follow orders’, the tree team today take an active role in shaping the arboretum. Decisions about how to maintain the trees within the historic landscape plan are made by those tasked with the actual felling, pruning and planting. Richard cites job satisfaction and the team’s camaraderie as the key reasons he has stayed.

As Operations Supervisor, it is up to Rich to keep the team working well together, so he keeps an open dialogue with everyone and makes sure the best (and worst) jobs are shared around. As a lot of the team are new, they need to be paired up and there’s a lot of juggling to get the balance right. Tree work at Westonbirt is about quality not quantity and the necessary skills take time to develop.

Biking around
As a qualified mechanic, having taken night classes at Stroud College ten years ago, Richard tends to do the servicing and repairs on Westonbirt’s vehicles, “I love things that are broken, I just want to mend them.”

This proves handy when he competes on his 1964 BSA350 trial bike on four hour courses through woodlands and tracks. His brother encouraged him to try the sport about six years ago and Rich generally finishes somewhere near the top. This competitive streak took Rich to the heady heights of world championship in a different sport altogether…

Pole position
Egged on by friends in the tree team, Rich first tried pole climbing at the Bath and West Show in 1988 and achieved a 28 second climb. For the next few years, Rich trained to reduce his time and reached a personal best of 11.14 seconds – that is climbing an 80ft vertical pole – culminating in being crowned World Champion 2005.

He says it was all about making sure he’d have something to talk about when he’s retired. As if old bikes and ancient trees weren’t enough.

The Westonbirt Magazine is produced by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum for its membership; to inform Friends about events, to engage Friends in issues that affect the arboretum, and to share enjoyment in and knowledge of this world-renowned tree collection.

Useful links
More about the Westonbirt Magazine
Become a member of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

Summer 2012 magazine, by Louisa Lockwood, editor

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

The Westonbirt Magazine is produced by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum for its membership; to inform Friends about events, to engage Friends in issues that affect the arboretum, and to share enjoyment in and knowledge of this world-renowned tree collection.

Olympics
The summer magazine was a busy issue with three pages of news and an Olympic theme.

Local equestrian and Olympic medallist in 1968, Jane Holderess-Roddam was also a local torch bearer for the London 2012 Games – she had some interesting stories to tell about how that came about.

Jane Holderness-Roddam
We heard from Richard Townsend, our Tree Team Operations Supervisor, and found out what has kept him at Westonbirt for … 24 years… so far. Richard is also a sporting hero – he was crowned pole climbing World Champion in 2005.

Going for gold!
The family pull-out looked at champion trees around Westonbirt for young adventurers and record breakers to find. Has anyone found them all? The tallest, widest, oldest, stinkiest and most colourful of our trees.

Survey
A survey to all the Friends was enclosed with the summer magazine and the results are in. Thank you to everyone who found the time to respond. All your comments about the magazine are very interesting – the overwhelming response was that we’re on the right track and you like the balance of contents. You’re especially interested in features about Westonbirt and the people who work here.

I’ll certainly be responding to your comments, for example, the rainchart will be back in every issue!

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