10th May 2018

Bodenham’s Volunteer Scheme gets off to a great start!

The sun was shining, the tools were ready and our Volunteers were eager to get started on their first day under the watchful eye of Jenny Marshall. Jenny is overseeing the Volunteer project at the Arboretum and has over 17 years experience of growing trees and shrubs. Pruning was the first job of the day and with guidance from Jenny the team quickly got to work with a group of willows being the first to benefit.

The Volunteers meet on a regular basis tackling anything from pruning and weeding to deadheading and checking labeling. Volunteering  offers the chance to meet new people and can be a sociable experience, working alongside like-minded individuals in the great outdoors, as well as having the opportunity to learn invaluable gardening advice from Jenny.  Benefits include Restaurant discount and Annual Membership. If you would like to know more about becoming a Volunteer then please get in touch – telephone the Visitor Centre : 01562 852444, or e-mail: info@bodenhamarboretum.co.uk

 

26th March 2018

Bodenham forms part of a Cappuccino and Geology Trail

Bodenham Arboretum is just one attraction across Worcestershire and Shropshire offering the chance to combine a good cup of coffee with a chance to explore the local landscape. At Easter members of Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark are launching the Cappuccino and Geology Trails.

The Arboretum Geology Trail is approximately ½ mile (0.8km) in length. The Arboretum and surrounding areas are underlain by rocks of various ages…on your drive to the Arboretum you may have noticed red sandstones along the roadside – these are sedimentary rocks that formed in vast deserts in the Permian period, whilst in the Arboretum grounds the underlying rocks are Silurian, Devonian and Carboniferous in age. You can pick up a leaflet in the Visitor Centre.

Dr Peter Oliver of the Geopark Forum said, “Our members have popular cafes at their visitor sites, so this is a great way to encourage people to enjoy a drink whilst discovering more about the sites on a day out. We know people are often looking for something to do to help them explore these great places, so the trails can help by explaining about the landscape, geology, fossils or stones at the sites.”
You can find out more at www.geopark.org.uk

 

14th December 2017

Bodenham’s New Baby Donkey Arrives!

We are delighted to announce the birth of our new foal here at Bodenham. The proud mom, Eve (who was born on Christmas Eve several years ago) gave birth at 4.30pm Thursday 14th December and both are doing fine! The baby Jack (male donkey) is understandably staying very close to mom but no doubt will be the ‘star’ attraction along our Nativity Trail now! All we have to do now is think of a name, perhaps you can help us choose….watch this space!

 

20th September 2017

Bodenham Arboretum recognised with ‘Highly Commended’ Certificate at the annual Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence.

Bodenham Arboretum has been ‘Highly Commended’ in the Best Visitor Attraction Category in the ‘Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence.’ The Awards celebrate the best tourism businesses in the county, celebrating what makes Worcestershire such a wonderful destination for visitors.

The Awards Ceremony took place on Tuesday 19th September at Malvern Theatre. There were 11 categories in total. Severn Valley Railway was announced as the over all; Bodenham Arboretum came second with ‘Highly Commended.’

The event was led by compere John Challis, best known for his role as Boycie in Only Fools & Horses who amused the audience with personal anecdotes throughout the ceremony.

James Binnian, owner of Bodenham Arboretum commented, “We are extremely proud to have been recognised in these prestigious Awards. Bodenham provides a much needed open space for people to enjoy and experience natural beauty whilst offering peace and tranquillity – a place where people can get outdoors and connect with nature. I would like to thank everyone in our team for their hard work and commitment, which has helped to make it what it is today.”

19th September 2017

Bodenham hosts the Retired Greyhound Trust’s Dog Show and £1500 is raised!

Over 300 people attended the Dog Show organised by the Greyhound Trust on Saturday 16th September here at Bodenham. Thank you to everyone who supported it – by attending, taking part and organsing it. An amazing £1500 was raised for this very worthwhile cause!

 

 

 

 

 

 

14th August 2017

Bodenham Arboretum – Finalist in the Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence

We are delighted to announce that we have reached the finals in the ‘Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence 2017’ as Best Visitor Attraction. Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years and for the wonderful reviews we receive. The winner will be announced late September.

 

 

 

 

 

6th August 2017

Mrs Jennifer Binnian passes away…

Regretfully we share the sad news that Mrs Jennifer Binnian passed away peacefully at home on Sunday 6th August. For those of you who know the family and history of Bodenham you will be aware that Jennifer and David began their project in 1973.

Building on time honoured principles of hard work and integrity, and with an uncompromising desire for quality, the long-term stewardship of the land has been their legacy, making Bodenham the beautiful place that it is today.

An ordained Minister, Jennifer will also be remembered for playing a significant role in the local community as the founder of Kemp Hospice.

The family, now in its fourth generation, will ensure that the values which have been instrumental in crafting Bodenham’s sense of identity and purpose will continue to be reflected in all that we do…this is how their, both David and Jennifer’s, spirits live on.

 

 

23rd July 2017

Over £4000 Raised for Muscular Dystrophy UK!

We are delighted to announce that our recent fundraising event for Muscular Dystrophy UK raised £4405 at ‘Bry’s Barn Bash.’ Thank you to everyone who supported us, helped us and worked for us on the evening, including ‘Izzy the Push’ for providing the outstanding entertainment.