Tree Health Centre at The Yorkshire Arboretum: Press Release

The following Press Release covered the opening of the Yorkshire Arboretum’s new Tree Health Centre which opened last week:


We need healthy trees for a healthy future, but trees across the country and around the world are in trouble. Climate change and increasing numbers of pests and diseases are threatening the continued existence of many familiar species in our landscape, just at a time when we need to plant more trees than ever before to capture carbon.

Recognising this the Yorkshire Arboretum has established the country’s first dedicated Tree Health Centre. Launching in September 2021, with a formal opening event on 23 September, it aims to raise awareness of the threats to trees, the need for vigilance to avoid importing other pathogens, and to suggest ways of increasing the resilience of our treescape for the centuries ahead. We look to achieve this by offering classes, courses and public outreach events.

These events, led by specialists, will take place at the Yorkshire Arboretum, using the new, fully-equipped classroom and beautiful, botanically-rich surroundings for unique indoor/outdoor learning experiences.

From Friday 24 September to Sunday 3 October, the arboretum will host a range of activities to commemorate the launch of the Tree Health Centre. Families can get involved in a range of trails round the arboretum, interactive demonstrations, and a kid’s bug hunt and activity pack. There will also be tree health tours of the arboretum, and a talk hosted by guest speaker Prof Nicola Spence –Chief Plant Health Officer at Defra and an arboretum trustee.

Arboretum Director Dr John Grimshaw said: “The launch of the Tree Health Centre comes at a time when everyone is painfully aware of the consequences of climate change, and the need to plant trees to help combat it. We want to help people keep our trees healthy and thriving, and these events offer something for everyone to learn about how to do so.”

Funding included £286,000 from the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund allocation. 

David Dickson, Chair of the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Infrastructure and Joint Assets Board, said: “This specialist knowledge centre will build the capacity to protect tree health and lead the way for others. The opportunities for learning will make a real impact, and contribute towards the region’s ambitions to be greener, fairer and stronger.”

More information can be found at the new website:

Lost Keys on the Railway Line

A set of keys have been lost somewhere in the area of the railway line between Slingsby and Fryton. Recent reports say they were seen on the gate post at the path to the lawns.

If found or if you have any information please contact [email protected].

Jonathan Pomroy Debuts Artist Residency Exhibition at the Yorkshire Arboretum

Birder and artist Jonathan Pomroy debuts his new exhibition at the Yorkshire Arboretum, based on his year-long residency. The exhibition will run for 4 weeks from 17th September to 18th October, and will display Jonathan’s distinctive watercolour interpretations of the arboretum’s native flora and fauna. Though he normally gravitates towards painting open landscapes, his residency saw him concentrate on more enclosed wooded areas. He became fascinated with tree trunks, and the movement of branch shadows across them and the ground below.

A keen birder, Jonathan sketched and observed the birds attracted to the arboretum throughout the year, showing the value of trees to such diverse species. Hawfinches appeared on the hornbeams in small numbers in October and he spent many hours studying these beautiful and massive finches. Another bird highlight was the appearance of redstarts in spring.

The artist hopes the exhibition will show the wonder, peace and joy he found in the arboretum grounds. Jonathan said: “I considered myself extremely fortunate to be there at a time when so many struggled through a very difficult winter; I found being around old trees – especially the medieval holly – very moving at a time of so much hardship. The arboretum has the power to inspire and calm the soul.”

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North Yorkshire Funding Summit (30 September 2021)

Find out how to secure the right funding for your community group, organisation or charity at Community First Yorkshire’s online Funding Summit on Thursday 30 September 2021.

If your community group, organisation or charity delivers services in North Yorkshire (including community buildings, churches, village halls and parish councils) and you want to gain practical advice on finding the funding you need, then this event is for you. It only costs £5.

Hear straight from the horse’s mouth what funders want from an application and top tips on how to secure a grant.

Local, regional and national funders will be holding seminars including: The National Lottery Community Fund, Two Ridings Community Foundation, Key Fund, Sirius Minerals Foundation, the Henry Smith Charity and many more. Find out about their funds, dos and don’ts for making applications and have your questions answered.

Bookings are now open, so secure your place to hear from inspirational speakers and book on the seminar of your choice

Ryedale Environment Week 2021

This year, The Ryedale Environment Group will be holding their second ‘Ryedale Environment Week’, starting with an opening zoom talk on Friday 17th September. On Saturday 18th, there will be an Eco Fair at Pickering Memorial Hall, followed by a series of online events throughout the following week. The events are being run in support of The Great Big Green Week, a nationwide initiative for climate change. 

All events are free to enter but pre-registration for online events is required. See below or click here to view the schedule and more information about the events on offer.