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/
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 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.