Posted 19th Apr 2016
Batsford Arboretum will be playing host to a couple of stunning events this May
Davidia Delights at Batsford Afboretum
Mid May will see Batsford Arboretum's famous Pocket Handkerchief Tree - the Davidia involucrata - spring into life. Earning it's nickname as a result of each flower being protected by two long white bracts which look like white handkerchiefs hanging from the branches, it was discovered growing wild in China towards the end of the nineteenth century. Seeds were then sent back to the UK by Victorian plant hunter Ernest Wilson in 1901. The specimen at Batsford was one of the first to be planted in Britain around 1910 and is currently believed to be one of the largest currently in the UK.
Also be sure to keep an eye out from late-May for beautiful Alliums that will line the entrance to the Arboretum, along with some stunning drifts of Camassia.
'Wild Words': All-genres writing workshop at Batsford Arboretum
On Wednesday 4th May, from 10:30am to 3:00pm, come along to the stunning natural environment of Batsford's 56-acre arboretum, where Bridget Holding will help participants to connect with their 'instinctual writer' using a combination of 'sensory impressions' and 'bodily sensations' to bring a certain power and aliveness to their writing. This will help you move from the creative block to the creative flow.
Bridget Holding has been a creative writing tutor for the Lifelong Learning Department of the University of Exeter since 2008. She founded 'Wild Words' and The Society of Writers-in-the-Wild in 2011 and directed The Rat Trap (Sky Short Film of the Year Award) and worked in the editorial department on The Full Monty. Tickets will cost £30 per person. To find out more visit www.campdenlitfest.co.uk