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The Castle Howard Arboretum

 A typical spring view on Bracken Hill

A typical spring view on Bracken Hill

In addition to the attractive "cruck" shelter presented by Woodland Heritage in 2002, the Arboretum has seen some exciting improvements in the past year. A second lake has been dug out and the foundations for a surrounding walk and a new bridge are already laid. It will cross the stream below the outlet from the big lake.

A Rootery has been cleverly designed and blends perfectly into the landscape surrounding the Arboretum lake.

 

 The new Rootery.

The new Rootery.

Shortly to be opened is a Bird Feeding Station and Observatory. It is a very "green" building using straw bales covered by lime mortar and with a roof of shingles from Sweet Chestnut, topped off with a Dovecote - awaiting a pair of Black Doves!

The Arboretum opens to non-members from 1st March to end October (10am - 4pm) on Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends - £3.50 per person. It is perfect for dog walkers who love trees!

During the 2003 season, there will be two band concerts, given by the York Railway Institute Band (5th July and 13th September), and Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, performed by The Odd Socks Theatre Company on 29th June. All these events will take place in a natural amphitheatre in the Arboretum, to which an earthen stage has been added, and are to raise funds to enable the Arboretum to build an environmentally friendly Visitor Centre, based on the experience gained with the Cruck House and the Bird Feeding Station, mentioned above.

More details of these events (and tickets) can be obtained on 01653 648598 or e-mail mcarmichael@castlehoward.co.uk

 The Arboretum Lake with its attractive plantings.

The Arboretum Lake with its attractive plantings.

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