Artist and 2019 International Garden Photographer of the Year winner Jill Welham introduces her exhibition, Sunlight Through the Leaves, at the Yorkshire Arboretum from Monday 26th October. The exhibition will run for two weeks until Sunday 8th November, and will display Jill’s cyanotype print works created using leaves and ferns collected during her visits to the arboretum last year.
The Visitor Centre and cafe at the Yorkshire Arboretum reopen this Saturday, 17th October, from 11am.
They tell us: “The café will continue to offer our seasonal menu with delicious home-cooked food and all your favourite cakes. Our cleanliness measures and one-way flow system remain in place, and the café terrace is still the place to take in the spectacular autumn views while indulging your taste buds.”
Meg Huby’s residency exhibition, ‘The Yearly Trick of Looking New’, is still available to view in the Visitor Centre, with original pieces, prints and merchandise on sale until Tuesday 20th October.
News just in from the Arboretum that the visitor centre and cafe are closed:
“We are sorry to have to tell our members and visitors that the Arboretum Café and Visitor Centre will be closed for two weeks, following confirmation of two positive cases of Covid-19 among our staff, who are now isolating. We wish them well for a speedy recovery.
We have taken advice from Public Health England, who have advised that we have had robust Covid security precautions in place in the Cafe and Visitor Centre, with no ‘close contact’ being made between staff and customers, ensuring low risk of transmission. We have also been informed that the NHS Test and Trace service do not need to contact our café customers. The small number of people identified by NHS Test and Trace within the arboretum community as a ‘close contact’ have already been contacted by them.
The Arboretum will remain open as usual, with our robust Covid security procedures in place at our reception, and once out into the grounds there is no problem at all in avoiding contact with anyone else. The toilets are open and are being cleaned regularly. We very much hope that you will feel free to visit and enjoy the autumn as usual.”
The restorative benefits of green open spaces and trees have been appreciated more than ever this year, and the arboretum is a perfect place to experience outstanding seasonal natural beauty in safety.
The trees at the 120-acre site near Castle Howard are already beginning to turn with vibrant reds, golds and yellows that will only intensify over the coming weeks. The ‘October Glory’ red maple is beginning to live up to its name and superb crops of berries are appearing in pink, orange and white.
Yorkshire Arboretum Director, John Grimshaw, said “The beginning of October sees the definite change of season from summer to autumn, with green leaves fading and autumnal tints beginning to appear by the end of September; they’ll hot-up as October progresses. Judging by the first splashes of oranges, reds and golds we look forward to an autumn of spectacular colour for visitors to enjoy over the coming weeks.”
The Yorkshire Aroretum is open from 11am – 4pm every day from 1st March – 30th November. Admission is available to book online at www.yorkshirearboretum.org and is £7 for adults, £3.50 for juniors (12-16) and £17.50 for families. Under 12s are admitted free.
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