Work is underway to restore Cefn Ila’s arboretum to its former glory. You may have notice the sound of chainsaws on site recently signalling work on site. A walk around the arboretum over Christmas will be rewarded with a view of some very unusual an beautiful trees and features the were previously obscured by ash, willow, ivy and bramble.
Site Manager Barry Embling has been over seeing the works and is pleased with progress made by Countreecare in the arboretum and other areas of the site. Clearance of ivy on this Wellingtonia has revealed a lovely bark which just invites you to touch it.
Original features such as this double row of Irish Yews are being uncovered and cared for. These yews are now much taller than originally intended which was as a low hedge which sliced through the terraced lawn.
A real gem of the site is the large monkey puzzle which could barely been seen from any point before works began. Trees have been removed to make the most of this majestic specimen whose size and beauty can be more easily appreciated.
Explore the arboretum this winter when work is not taking place and look out for guided walks coming up that will give you expert information about the trees and site.