Welcome to the Dorchester Trees initiative. Dorchester has a wonderful heritage of trees to explore, from the veteran Field Maple on West Walks, to commemorative trees in Borough Gardens and the recently planted Jubilee Wood on Holmead Field in Poundbury.

In May 2021, we organised “Trees Be Company”, Dorchester’s second Urban Tree Festival. Click here to explore the programme of activities and events that took place during the Festival. We are optimistic that our third Urban Tree Festival will happen in the real world during May 2022.

This year, we will be taking part in the Tree Council’s annual ‘Seed Gathering Season’ – a campaign which inspires everyone to join us to gather seeds, fruits and nuts which can be nurtured to grow the trees of the future. Now in its 21st year, the campaign runs from Wednesday 22nd September, which is the autumn equinox and considered to be the first day of autumn, and finishes on Friday 22nd October. More details about the Seed Gathering Season can be found here: https://treecouncil.org.uk/take-action/seasonal-campaigns/seed-gathering-season/

The avenue along West Walks was first planted with Lime and Sycamore in the early 1700s when sections of the old Roman walls were dismantled. Today, West Walks remains popular with pedestrians and the avenue, probably on it’s third or fourth generation of trees, now includes Norway Maple, Whitebeam and Mountain Ash in addition to Lime and Sycamore.

This website is in the early stages of development but we hope it encourages you to actively explore the amazing variety of trees in and around Dorchester, either using one of the Tree Trails we are currently developing with the help of Dorchester Tourist Information Centre and Kingston Maurward College, or with the help of one of our online Tree Maps (also being developed).

We also hope to support some cultural activities inspired by the trees around Dorchester, such as Apple Day and Tree Dressing Day. Dorset County Hospital celebrated Tree Dressing Day in 2019 by decorating the Rowan in the Therapy Garden with some plaques containing messages from patients and staff. Perhaps we could help organise a tree-inspired ‘Poet-Tree’ event on National Poetry Day 2020 (Saturday 3rd October)..?

We hope that tree planting (and aftercare) in and around Dorchester will become a big part of our activities over the coming years. It would be great to see Dorchester develop a community tree nursery where all generations could be involved in growing the trees that will be enjoyed around the town for years to come.

2 thoughts on “Welcome

  • May 16, 2020 at 1:13 am

    Have stumbled across your website, just in time for Urban Tree Festival! Would love to be able to support projects being planned or undertaken in the future.

  • May 16, 2020 at 8:08 am

    Many thanks Sue, we would love you to be involved in the Urban Tree Festival and other tree initiatives around Dorchester. Let us keep in touch. In the meantime, please feel free to have a go at adding your favourite tree, to ‘Meet a Giant’ and a poem inspired by trees to the website.


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