Spring in the arboretum – a brief report by Cath Mant from Friends of Hampshire Farm Meadows.
None of the trees are in full leaf yet but you can now see small leaves appearing on a lot of the trees now that spring has arrived. Others are just still stretching their buds. Some of the pines have suffered over the winter, but most are ok.
Lots of birds singing. Saw a linnet and a whitethroat and 5 circling buzzards.
Meanwhile the trustees have been hard at work in the background. We are very grateful for the further input of local artist Marian Forster who designed our logo, in helping to adapt it to be made into a metal sign to stand at the site. A prototype, seen below, has been enthusiastically approved, and the full size artwork is now in production.