Barnwood Park and Arboretum

About Us

The Friends of Barnwood Park and Arboretum

The Friends of Barnwood Park and Arboretum is a group of local residents who are passionate about the area where we live. We work in partnership with Gloucester City Council on the management and development of Barnwood Park and Arboretum.

As a voluntary group we are able to apply for grants for specific projects and several years ago a grant from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust enabled us to create a wildlife pond.

We hold about 10/11 work mornings a year to plant and maintain new trees/hedges, coppice willows, erect fences, clear brambles/weeds, plant bulbs and wildflowers, lay chippings on paths and put up bird and bat boxes.

Work mornings are usually on a Saturday but we do organise some mid-week sessions.

We also hold family events such as the Big Garden Birdwatch, the Big Butterfly Count and Moth Mornings that are of interest to people not able to take a more physically active part.

New 'Friends' are always welcome.

Please use 'Contact Us' or email if you would like to volunteer with the Friends Group. 

There is no charge to join the Friends Group but, to keep costs down, we prefer to keep in touch by email wherever possible.

Working on the flower bed

Praise for the Friends

In October 2021 Justin Hobbs, on leaving his post as Tree Officer with Gloucester City Council, wrote the following:-

"All the years working with FOBA and seeing the transition and improvement of the Arboretum and the Park has been one of the most rewarding and pleasing parts of my role at the City Council. I have so many fond and happy memories of working with Ron, Elaine and all the Friends, you are a truly inspirational group.The Friends have achieved so much and I'm sure they will continue to make Barnwood Arboretum and Park the amazing and special place it is - Gloucester's hidden jewel or rather its crown jewel!"

Laying chippings on the path

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