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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

Katsura Leaves

Spring Has Sprung

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.

Only a select few of the volunteers were available that morning. This of course meant more coffee and biscuits for the workers, however they will have to finish off the job at the next work party which is on Saturday 25th of May.

Now that spring is well and truly underway, many of the trees have come out in leaf, and are looking rather splendid.

Volunteers loading up with mulch.

A freshly mulched tree.

The arboretum appears very yellow at the moment with all the buttercups flowering. They like damp soil, and it has certainly been damp this winter and spring.

Toona sinensis (Chinese Mahogany) looks like a palm at the moment with just one whorl of leaves at the top, but it is not a palm and will change shape with time.

The Tulip Trees are looking good at the moment. Their leaves have a lovely shape.

This is a recently planted Hungarian Oak (Quercus frainetto) and it is looking very healthy at the moment.

The leaves on the Ginkgo tree are very small and a bit sparse at the moment. It should properly get going in a year or so. This tree is a living fossil dating back to the Jurassic period, so I suppose that it is in no hurry to grow.

Black Poplar is a native species that inhabit flood plains and wet ditches, they are becoming very scarce nowadays. They are thriving here in the damp soil though, and this one has shot up about a foot already and is peaking out of its protective collar.

The Katsura trees have both autumn and spring colour. In spring the first flush of heart shaped leaves are a shrimp pink colour, but they are susceptible to late frosts, which is why some of the earlier leaves are looking a bit shrivelled.

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