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This is a walk of about 7 kilometres ( don’t hold me to it) starting from the riverside car park (Pay & display) in the picturesque village of Arley on field paths some over arable land returning by the road through the grounds of the Arboretum to the start. The walk is on public footpaths and can be done regardless of the Arboretum being open. There can be sheep, cattle and a bull who the farmer tells me he is a nice bull at Hextons farm although not there at the time of placing the series. Please keep dogs on a lead if animals are about. The path is a little steep from the river to number 7 and the crops are high from 16 -17.
The series was placed onsite and I could only carry so many tools and caches so will change a few soon, you are looking for clip boxes bison tubes and sample tubes of various sizes, there are no nano’s.
There are several stiles and two bridges with rails at each end to negotiate, for those with big dogs have three shredded wheat for breakfast or train the dog to jump.
Please BYOP and you will need some tweezers for the small tubes.
Caches placed with kind permission of Arley Estate and many thanks to the Estate Manager Mrs Howells for her assistance. Also farmers Paul and John Lawley of Hextons Farm
The arboretum was originally planned by Earl Mountnorris around 1800, and it is thanks to his botanical knowledge, discoveries, and foresight, that the Arboretum is as it is today. Although Arley became highly renowned for its exotic and rare tropical plants by the 1840, it is the specimen trees that have stood the test of time, now being considered to be one of the country's finest tree collections.
In 1852 the Estate was purchased by Robert Woodward and remained in the possession of the Woodward family until it was acquired by Roger Turner, a midlands industrialist and philanthropist in 1959 at which time the Arboretum was in a state of neglect and many of the village properties required substantial renovation.
He set about the restoration of the Arboretum and grade II listed Walled Gardens: modernised the properties and built 27 new houses, including Arley House, together with a Sports & Social Club, thereby creating a vibrant community. Roger Turner died in 1999 and left the entire Estate, in all 1600 acres, to his Charitable Trust which he has founded some 30 years earlier.
The trustees decided that the Arboretum was of sufficient importance for it to be extended and opened to the public with the Walled Gardens: a principal aim being to provide education for all age groups and in 2002 it was officially opened to the public by Lord Lichfield, who planted the Tilia (No 257) to mark the occasion.