Talks, walks, live music, tree planting, split-hazel basketry, art - there's something for all tastes in the coming Herefordshire Tree Week. A varied programme of events is on offer across the county from Ross-on-Wye through Queenswood Arboretum to Kington. Details are below or you can visit the Tree week site here or Facebook page here.
Friday 22nd November: Made in the Marches Gallery is holding another popular music evening at 12 Church St, Kington HR5 3AZ. 6pm until 9.00 pm. Live music, refreshments, and a £100 raffle prize to be spent in the gallery, with proceeds going to Herefordshire tree planting projects. More info 07531 820195 or on www.madeinthemarches.com
Saturday 23rd November: Split Hazel Basketry Workshop, Learn the techniques for making a traditional split-hazel frame basket, known as a 'swallow basket' due to its similarity to a swallows nest. 10:00am - 4:00pm at Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum. £70 pp. Over the day you will prepare all of the components, straight from rods of hazel, with a minimum of tools, before assembling then into a basket of your own creating. Booking: ring 01432 530088 or go to www.herefordshirewt.org/events/2019-11-23-split-hazel-basketry
Sunday 24th November: A walking talk on the new trees in the Long Acre and Rope Walk Linear Arboretum with local Cllr and Ross tree warden Rob Taylor. Meet at the Bandstand, 14 Wye St, Ross-on-Wye HR9 7BX at 11 am for a walk along the newly planted linear Arboretum discussing some of the sixty to eighty different trees. There will be a tree planting demo using rope tree ties (no plastic!). Duration: one to two hours. For more info contact Rob on firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 27th November: Textures of Trees: exploring with hands and charcoal with Artist-in-Residence, Richard Bavin, at Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, 10 am to 1.30 pm. A hands-on workshop involving gathering up leaves, cones, twigs and other bits of trees from the woodland floor - these will become our subject for charcoal drawing. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience - a great way of getting into experimental drawing. £35. To book:
Thursday 28th November: Hereford in Bloom will be planting a willow in one of Hereford’s finest Conservation areas by the famous duck pond (remnant of the city’s historic moat), Cantilupe St (HR1 2NU), at 10.30am. This is the culmination of local action to replace the much loved mature willow that died last year. More info if needed: 07710715235
Friday 29th November: Ancient Trees - why are they so important for people and wildlife? A wide ranging talk with well-known tree expert and ecologist Tim Dixon, covering the social and natural history of old trees, particularly in Herefordshire. Tim will explore the extraordinary and complex world of ancient trees from a human and wildlife perspective and explore some of the current opportunities that rewilding might offer for future generations. Venue: DKP café, The Left Bank, Hereford HR4 9DG. Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start and 9.30pm finish.. £3 members, £4 non-members towards supporting and managing the city reserves. Book: www.herefordshirewt.org/events/2019-11-29-ancient-trees-why-are-they-so-important-people-and-wildlife
Saturday 30th November: Hereford City Tree Trail: City tree warden, Nic Howes will lead a new guided walk, starting outside west front of Hereford Cathedral at 10:00 to return there by 12:00. This event is an opportunity for a group to trial Hereford City Council's forthcoming Tree Trail app - participants will be given a link to the Trail on Google Maps, which they can follow on a Smartphone if they wish.
Saturday 30th November: a very rural walk of approximately 3 miles (2 hours), led by Aymestrey tree warden Ken Holland, meeting at Aymestrey Parish Hall (A4110, HR6 9SU), at 10.30am for refreshments. Plenty of car parking. The route is flat with one stile to climb over, with the main walk through fields and along a track by the River Lugg, so may be muddy. Dogs on leads and kids are welcome. More info: 01568 770367. Possibility of a bit of tree planting en route subject to landowner consent.