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Maple Study Weekend - 18th and 19th June 2016


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This event is being hosted by Westonbirt, the National Arboretum and The Maple Society. On the 18th we shall be at Westonbirt, home to one of the best maple collections in the world. The 19th will be a much less formal event spending the morning at Batsford Arboretum looking at some of the rare maples that Westonbirt does not grow. It is aimed at anyone interested in maples and is for both the expert and those that just wish to know more about this very important group of plants. The main focus will be the various species, rather than cultivars. The full programme is given below.

If you enjoy maples then this really is an event you must not miss as it will give you the opportunity to exchange information with some of the best known specialists in the field. For full details and to book for this exciting event please contact the Society or book your place now using the PayPal button on the right hand side of this page. We are happy to receive payment by cheque payable to "The Maple Society" as well - contact us for the address to send your booking. Numbers will be limited so early booking is highly recommended.

Study weekend costs
Concession rate: members of the Maple Society,
Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum,
the Royal Horticultural Society
and International Dendrology Society qualify.
Both days (18 and 19 June 2016) £85
Both days (18 and 19 June 2016) (Concessions) £60
Saturday only (18 June 2016) £75
Saturday only (18 June 2016) (Concessions) £50
Sunday only (19 June 2016) £15
Sunday only (19 June 2016) (Concessions) £10

If anyone wants a to see a full list of Westonbirt’s maples before arrival then it is recommended that they visit Westonbirt’s interactive map which gives the full list along with plant locations.

Programme

Saturday 18th June 2016

The cost for today’s event includes entry to Westonbirt, all presentations, tours, food and drink. The cost is £70/head and £50/head for concessions. Both tours will be led by maple specialists, Dan Crowley and Hugh Angus, supported by Peter Gregory and Roy Lancaster.

09.00 onwards
Gather in the Great Oak Hall at Westonbirt
09.30
My Favourite Maples by Roy Lancaster. Roy is president of the Maple Society, a world famous plantsman who has travelled widely seeing many maples in the wild. He will introduce us to this fabulous group of plants and talk about some of his favourites.
10.15
Maple Cultivation by Agustin Coello. Agustin is the Maple Society chairman and has an extensive maple collection near Toulouse. He will give us an introduction to the cultivation of maples based on his personal experiences. He has also travelled widely.
10.45
Westonbirt’s Maples by Dan Crowley. Dan is Dendrologist at Westonbirt, working closely with the plants as part of the curatorial team. He has a particular passion for maples. Particularly the Platanoidea group. He will give us some background to the maple collection at Westonbirt.
11.00
Coffee and Questions
11.30
Tour of the Old Arboretum looking at some of the maple species. We shall be discussing identification, history, use in the landscape and questions from participants will form an important part of the day.
13.30
Light Lunch with drinks and a time to discuss the maples seen so far.
14.30
Tour of Silk Wood which was developed from 1875 onwards and has many of the younger specimens at Westonbirt.
16.30
A drink and depart.

Sunday 19th June 2016

The cost for today covers only the maple tour. Entry to Batsford Arboretum, any food and drink will be at participant’s own expense. The charge for Sunday is £15/head and £10/head for concessions. The tour will be led by Hugh Angus supported by Peter Gregory.

10.00
Meet in the Arboretum just after the entry point.
10.15
Tour of Batsford. The tour will have the same focus as yesterday but will look at species not seen at Westonbirt. Batsford has a great collection of trees with many champions and has some particularly rare maples that do not grow at Westonbirt.
12.15
Tour end, followed by lunch or departure depending on individual needs.

Locations

Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8QS.
Three miles south west of Tetbury with good access from both the M4 and M5. Nearest train station is at Kemble, 10 miles from Westonbirt, but public transport is difficult after that.
Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9QB.
One mile to the west of Moreton-in-Marsh and about 30 miles north of Westonbirt.
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