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International Dendrology Society trip – day two

Posted in: Blog Research trips

Leaving Tbilisi and climbing into the mountains this morning seemed to take no time at all.

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International Dendrology Society trip - day one

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Raef Johnson was awarded a bursary to join a two week trip to Georgia with the International Dendrology Society. Dendrology is the study of the natural history of trees and woody plants.

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Walking the Line

Posted in: Blog The Westonbirt Project

I ran out of time in my blog entry the other day, so I couldn’t jabber on to you about the Planning Inspector’s verdict on the Welcome Building design itself.

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Champagne, Caviar and Fois Gras…

Posted in: Blog The Westonbirt Project

If champagne, caviar and fois gras was on the Maples menu last Friday, the Project team would have been over there tucking in. We heard our appeal result from the Planning Inspectorate, and it was positive.

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What's the difference between a shed and a barn?

Posted in: Blog The Westonbirt Project

‘What’s the difference between a shed and a barn?’ It’s a question the Planning Inspector asked the Cotswold District Council Conservation and Design Officer on Wednesday this week.

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Tree Team Work at Westonbirt

Posted in: Blog Tree management

October at Westonbirt is a very busy time for us all, especially the tree team. Along with the seasonal added car parking and admissions work we still have to under take our usual duties.

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A live update from the Honduras jungle

Posted in: Blog Research trips

As part of Operation Wallacea, a series of biological and social science expedition projects, I am spending a month high in the trees of the Cusuco National Park in Honduras.

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Arborists' Adventures

Posted in: Blog Tree management Propagation

As members of the tree team here at Westonbirt, we are always looking to find ways to improve the management of plant collections.

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Propagation Update

Posted in: Blog Tree management Propagation

As well as propagating trees and shrubs for the Westonbirt collection, I am also working with two other organisations on conservation projects, namely Natural England and Plantlife.

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Tree Team Work

Posted in: Blog Tree management Staff and trustees

Along with planting this time of year, we also remove trees deemed to be hazardous. Although it is always sad to see these large trees come down, it is part of the ongoing management cycle of any collection.

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A True Winter Wonderland

Posted in: Blog Landscape Staff and trustees

This has been the most magical of all possible first Christmases at Westonbirt. Forget all the plastic ‘Winter Wonderland’ experiences out there, the snow has turned Westonbirt into the Real Thing...

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Jam For Timesheets

Posted in: Blog The Westonbirt Project

Timesheets have been rather a big preoccupation for me recently, it’s been like drawing blood from a stone to get my Steering Group members to tell me how much time they’ve been spending on Westonbirt Project business.

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All in The Christmas Spirit

Posted in: Blog The Westonbirt Project

The last couple of weeks have found me in a rubbish skip; tracking down a 5 foot blue fairy and trying to eject Father Christmas as a trespasser.

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I Am The Project Director

Posted in: Blog Staff and trustees The Westonbirt Project

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…).

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What's Happening In Propagation

Posted in: Blog Propagation

I’ve been out walking around the arboretum over the last few weeks, finding just the right location for 270 different specimens of trees and shrubs.

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