Posts Tagged ‘Great Oak Hall’

Wooden Wonders part three: rugged oak, by Kate Cashmore

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, is full of magnificent trees.

As part of our half term Wooden Wonders event taking place from 14 – 16 February, Kate Cashmore from Westonbirt’s learning team has created a trail which will help you find out about our hidden wonders.

Here, she highlights some of the Wooden Wonders that you can discover when you follow the trail.

Oak is the best known native hardwood. It is very durable and strong, even when in contact with the ground, so it was used for centuries for building frames, roofs and floors.

We have used the old methods to build the Great Oak Hall and the new bird viewing room which you will come across in the Old Arboretum.

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Henry VIII built up a large navy of oak ships to defend England.  Much of the wooden ‘Mary Rose’ ship even lasted underwater for 400 years before it was raised and preserved in a museum. 

Oak is the best British tree for biodiversity – nearly 300 different kinds of insects live on it. Can you find any when you follow the Wooden Wonders trail?

Useful links
Find out more about the Wooden Wonders event
Buy great value Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum membership
More great activities for families

Wooden Wonders part one: discover the wonders of Westonbirt’s trees by Kate Cashmore

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, is full of magnificent trees.

As part of our half term Wooden Wonders event taking place from 14 – 16 February, Kate Cashmore from Westonbirt’s learning team has created a trail which will help you find out about our hidden wonders.

Here, she highlights some of the Wooden Wonders that you can discover when you follow the trail.

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For a tree, a trunk gives it the advantage of towering over smaller plants and catching the maximum of sunlight energy by its leaves.

Trunks and branches also hold up the flowers where wind or insects can easily pollinate them.

They are strong to support the plant and tough enough to last many years or even centuries, but flexible to cope with most winds.   

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These qualities also make them very useful for us and for many creatures. Westonbirt’s Great Oak Hall is a great example of how wood can be used for buildings.

Birds also like wooden shelters. As you follow the Wooden Wonders trail, look out for woodpecker holes for nests and for finding grubs to eat.

Useful links
Find out more about the Wooden Wonders event
Buy great value Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum membership
More great activities for families

A tremendous achievement, by Jacqueline Dalton, Charity Manager

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

£2,373.71
This is the total raised at the Volunteer Craft Fair on 29 & 30 October! This a tremendous achievement and not surprising – you should have seen the quality and variety of the crafts……… too many to mention. So many gave their time to make their crafts, help on stalls during the day and serve refreshments – thank you all. BUT none of this would have been possible without the good steerage from Maureen Gobbett – we thank you Maureen yet again!

Great Oak Hall - venue for the Volunteer Craft Fair

Great Oak Hall - venue for the Volunteer Craft Fair

Useful links:
The work of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum charity
Volunteering at Westonbirt
Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum membership

I Am The Project Director by Miranda Winram

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

This is my first blog as Project Director, so in time honoured Blind Date fashion I thought I’d tell you what my name is and ‘whur’ I come from (as my in laws are from Liverpool, I reckon I’m allowed to make Scouse jokes…).

So: I’m Miranda Winram. I’ve just moved to Nailsworth from Yorkshire, and I’m here because this looked like a fun job with the great opportunity to help more people enjoy what a brilliant place the Arboretum and Gardens are.

I’ve been in post for exactly three months now, and it’s gone in a blur. So far, I seem to have ‘Directed’ the appointment of a company to develop architects drawings and plans for the new and refurbished buildings and conservation stonework we need (both for the Arboretum and the Gardens), to have helped choose a very beautiful Walkway and Tower for the arboretum (on view in the Great Oak Hall reception), and to have recruited a Head of Fundraising for the Project. I’m hoping she’ll come in handy at raising the cash to build all these wonderful new things….