We are fortunate in this area to have an abundance of trees on our doorstep, for example in Belleisle and Rozelle parks and in the grounds of Culzean Castle. In such places can be found magnificent specimens of common trees, together with rare and exotic species. The shared purpose of this group is to learn more about local trees - their characteristics, histories, habits and habititats. We benefit from expert guides where available, otherwise by reference to published sources and sharing knowledge.
Monday 17th June - The banks of the River Ayr and Ayr Cemetery, led by Gordon Phillips
Monday 15th July - George & Sue's Arboretum, Burnside near Coylton
Monday 26th August - The Soaperie, Kirkcudbright
Monday 16th September - Benmore Botanic Gardens, Dunoon (Cancelled - replaced by a walk around Alloway, mainly in the two parks.)
Monday 28th October - Brodick Castle Estate
Monday 18th November - Notable trees around Alloway: how to estimate a tree's age
Monday 13th January 2020 - Screening of the documentary, "Oak Tree - Nature's Greatest Survivor" at the RBBM.
Monday 16th March 2020 - Dumfries House grounds and gardens
Monday 5th October 2020 - Rozelle Park, Ayr
The tree (sorbus apricot queen) ordered as a gift for Mark Gibson, owner of Craigengillan Estate, to thank him for our visit earlier this year, duly arrived on 22 November. As it was a bare root sapling it needed to be planted quickly so a presentation was made the following day. Mark will plant the tree beside the main driveway, near the main road, where traditional hedges are being created.
Following a 6-month layoff due to covid restrictions, we were finally able to have a walk on Monday 5th October. The walk was enjoyed by 13 members at Rozelle Park on a glorious Autumn morning. For a report on this walk, follow the menu link `Rozelle Park' (right).
Scottish Government covid rules currently (6th October 2020) allow groups of up to 30 to meet outdoors for organised sports, including walks. Such activities are of course subject to physical distancing and all the usual precautions. A comprehensive risk assessment has to be completed, covering both covid and non-covid risk. A contact-tracing list has to be completed on the day and retained for 3 weeks. Ramblers Scotland is the official body for walking in Scotland, and their advice has to be followed by any group planning a walk.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Mon Dec 7th||Walk at Castlehill Park, Ayr, starting at 10:00am|
More details to follow.
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