Voluntary organisation helps create Westonbirt's maple glade

South Cotswolds Rotarians spearhead arboretum's maple glade to mark their centenary

The South Cotswold Rotarians are spearheading the Rotary Maple Glade in the National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Gloucestershire. The project follows calls from Rotary International for clubs to mark the voluntary organisation’s centenary with a significant project for their local communities. The arboretum’s current maple collection contains nearly 100 species and staff hope to plant all species that will grow at Westonbirt over the next decade. Work began last November when horses were used to clear a swathe of trees through an existing larch plantation that will provide shelter for the maple trail. Head of collections Hugh Angus said: “This is an exciting project and we are pleased to be working with the Rotarians. Some of the maples we are planting over the next few months include Acer cappadocicum ssp. sinicum var. tricaudatum, a rare maple native to China and Acer schneiderianum, another maple rarely seen in the UK.” The arboretum’s collection will also feature Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’ Award of Garden Merit.

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