02 July 2024

The 25th May saw The 'Friends of Hampshire Farm Meadows' group have a second work party in the arboretum to finish off the mulching of this year’s new trees.

23 May 2024

The 'Friends of Hampshire Farm Meadows' group had a working party on the 27th of April. Their volunteers helped the EVMA mulch the trees that were planted in December.

08 February 2024

The January work party of the Friends of Hampshire Farm Meadows on Saturday 27th of January saw 15 people meet up on a cold, sunny morning and head up to the arboretum.

04 January 2024

Brendan Gibb-Gray, who was instrumental in establishing the Ems Valley Memorial Arboretum, sadly passed on the 26th December.

10 December 2023

2nd December saw the second major tree planting event for the aboretum, and it was amazing to see 30 volunteers turn out on a very cold and frosty morning to help plant 60 trees.

24 October 2023

A few photos of the arboretum and the surrounding area, captured on a beautiful sunny day by Cath Mant from Friends of Hampshire Farm Meadows.

25 June 2023

On Saturday 24th June in beautiful weather the Mayor of Havant and her Consort graciously inaugurated the new and beautiful sign at the entrance to the Arboretum.

05 June 2023

The EVMA sign was installed on Saturday 3rd June 2023 at the entrance to the arboretum at Hampshire Farm Meadows .

03 June 2023

As part of the Havant Borough Big Green Week (10th – 18th June 2023), the Emsworth Tree Wardens are organising an evening walk on Tuesday 13th June 2023 around Emsworth Town Centre.

27 May 2023

The task for The Friends of Hampshire Farm Meadows work party on Saturday 27th of May 2023 was to apply more mulch around the bases of the trees in the Ems Valley Memorial Arboretum.

03 May 2023

Spring in the arboretum – a brief report by Cath Mant from Friends of Hampshire Farm Meadows.

11 December 2022

The Beginning of the Ems Valley Memorial Arboretum

Tim Peake Planting the First Tree

Planting The First Tree

The Beginning of the Ems Valley Memorial Arboretum

Saturday 12th of November 2022 saw the ceremonial beginnings of the arboretum with over 100 people turning up to see the astronaut Tim Peake planting the first tree, a Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’). Once the crowds had thinned out, a few of the volunteers planted the second Blue Atlas Cedar. This pair of trees mark the north end of the planned central avenue. A pair of Giant Redwoods (Sequoiadendron giganteum) were also planted at the south end to mark the beginning of the avenue.

Saturday 26th of November 2022 saw the real work start with the main inaugural planting at EVMA. After all the rain in the month prior, it was surprising to find that the ground wasn’t actually waterlogged. Fourteen volunteers comprising members of the Friends of Hampshire Farm Meadows and other Tree Warden groups gathered and worked hard all morning to complete the main avenue. A shelter belt was also planted so that in the coming years more delicate trees can be planted.

The avenue consists of 12 paired trees set 10m apart. Except for the two gateway pairs (the Cedar and the Sequoia), the remaining 10 pairs are all deciduous specimen trees. They include Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus ‘Rockhampton Red’), Chestnut Leaved Oak (Quercus castenifolia), European White Elm (Ulmus laevis), Sweetgum (Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’), Freeman's Maple (Acer freemanii ‘Autumn Blaze’) and Black Walnut (Juglan nigra). Due to a delay with the delivery of a few specimen trees, the avenue was not completed. These will be planted when they arrive in the new year.

The shelter belt comprises of Corsican Pine (Pinus nigra), Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata) and Western Yellow Pine (Pinus ponderosa) planted in a zig-zag fashion along the southern boundary of the site. Even though some of these trees were on the small side they were still staked, strapped and a metal cage was added for protection from dogs and deer and finally a good load of mulch was placed around the trees. The tired and muddy volunteers then cleared up their gear and went home for a well-deserved rest.

Particular thanks must be recorded to EVMA Trustee Guy Schofield, together with Friends of Hampshire Farm Meadows organisers Cath and Neil Mant for the brilliant planning and organisation of these successful plantings.

Below are a few pictures of the tree planting process. You can also view our photo gallery, which showcases the opening ceremony with Tim Peake.


Tim Peake Planting First Tree Tim Peake At Launch Arboretum Site and Volunteers Digging the First Hole for Planting Planting Hole Bike Propped Up Against Tree Planting and Staking Tree Planting and Protecting Tree Volunteers Protecting Tree Freshly Planted Tree Trees Lined Up For Planting

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