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Arboretum Amble

Date: Friday 22 June, 2018

Event leader: Hamish Lochore

Price: £10Meet time: 10:00

Estimated finish time: 12:30

Difficulty: Easy PlusGroup size: 15

Distance (up to): 3 miles (5km)

Please note: The walk is easy and mostly on hard tracks but there are some small uphill gradients but they are not too arduous.

Booking deadline: 18:00 Thursday 21 June, 2018


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Arboretum Amble

From meeting at the Car Park, I will give everybody a briefing and a map of the  Burgie Arboretum and explain all the different Zones and relate distances. We will start at the Loch and wander East towards the Japanese Garden.  The Arboretum is Zoned into Geographic areas and species areas. The collection is ever expanding but at present, we have collections of Birch, Alder, Lime, Magnolias, a Nut grove with Walnuts, Hazel, Sweet Chestnut, Torreya and more to come.  Geographic areas consist of Chile Bank, Asia Bank, Japanese Garden. Collections of trees and shrubs are being planted the whole time and I will explain the significance of these different zones.

On route, I will tell you of some of the more unusual plants, trees, and shrubs currently on sight. I will also enlarge picture as to how it may look in years to come. Don’t expect a “manicured” garden! This is a Woodland Walk.   There is a wide variety of features, plants, flowers which should be of interest to most partaking.

Good walking shoes or boots will be a good idea as it can be muddy and of course, if the weather is inclement then wet weather gear should be worn. If you want to have a picnic then you are welcome to do so  (as long as all rubbish is picked up !)  and dogs welcome too but should be on leads.

The Arboretum is in its infancy and therefore the trees and shrubs are not large and mature.   Most of what you will see has been done in the last decade but its history will be explained at the walk!

Where to Meet - Description

Meet at Burgie Arboretum car park.
From the A96 from Forres to Elgin and 4 miles out of Forres on the SOUTH side of the main road there is a large sign point to The Arboretum with two flag poles either side of the drive. Turn SOUTH off the road and go half a mile up the drive until you come to a "new house" Morven View on the right. On a large tree, you will see a sign to THE CAR PARK.

Where to Meet - Map

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About the Provider

Burgie Arboretum was started in 1974 but was then put on hold until about 8 years ago. It was then that a great friend helped me with ideas and from that, I now do all my own seed collecting and propagating.

The Arboretum is Zoned into Geographic areas and species areas. The collection is ever expanding but at present, we have collections of Birch, Alder, Lime, Magnolias, a Nut grove with Walnuts, Hazel, Sweet Chestnut, Torreya and more to come.  Geographic areas consist of Chile Bank, Asia Bank, Japanese Garden. Collections of trees and shrubs are being planted the whole time.

I left the Army in 1972 having been brought up on Burgie. Then it was all hands on the farm although I was starting to get a feel for the Policy Woodland as it was then. I didn’t have a lot of time to devote to this project until about 8 years ago. The “kick” factor was Dutch Elm decease. I had not appreciated just what a high percentage of the wood was Elm. I hate seeing dead trees so they were culled as quickly as I could. This left gaping holes which were begging to be replenished. I did not want to plant just the normal so thus my adventure took off helped by lots of knowledgeable and extremely helpful people and friends. I am a beginner and have made many mistakes but I hope that I am learning and the collection gets bigger every year, but growing everything from seed is slow.

One of the things that has been of huge benefit recently is the Greenhouse.  A group of Americans have completed the first stage of restoration done as volunteers and at their cost.  Very humbling indeed. It has been a Godsend this winter

So the best thing you can do is come and see for yourselves the Arboretum and all that goes with it and hear where we may be going and what, more has to be done.  I look forward to meeting many of you in the near future.

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