Autumn Fest at Jodrell Bank

afest2Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre marked the beginning of the October half-term holidays with a special autumn celebration in our arboretum. The arboretum is an integral part of our 35 acres of gardens and woodlands, which are part of the Discovery Centre and open to visitors. The arboretum was started by Sir Bernard Lovell himself, who had a passion for biodiversity and trees especially. His work has transformed the former farmland into a beautiful green oasis and a haven for wildlife.

The popular drop-in event saw lots of visitors join in the autumn adventures and marvel at the spectacular display of autumn colours in our arboretum. With the help of our amazing volunteers from the University of Manchester’s BotSoc we used the colourful leaves to make our own autumn crowns.


The trees of our national collection of crab apples where laden with fruit and we used them to create special presents for our feathered friends: apple bird feeders!  We were amazed by the creative designs people came up with – some of the creations can still be admired hanging in the branches of the trees in the arboretum!

And while all the autumnal crafting was going on in the pagoda our Senior Gardener Phil was busy sharing his knowledge and the best kept secrets of our gardens in his sought-after Arboretum Tours, which are always at least as entertaining as they are educational.

We hope to see you again soon in the Jodrell Bank Gardens!

Blogger: Ruth Grutzbauch, Gardens Engagement Officer