Autumn colour at the Yorkshire Arboretum

by Handy Mag
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Trees, Mark Hearld exhibition and more baby squirrels

After a slow start the trees at the Yorkshire Arboretum near Castle Howard are reaching their full glory, and despite the wind and rain are expected to look good for several more weeks.

Complimenting the trees will be an exciting exhibition of new work by York artist Mark Hearld, from 9 November. Entitled ‘Autumn at the Arboretum’ it features new collages inspired by Mark’s regular visits to the 120 acre site, and the beauty he finds in the diversity of shape, form and colour among the trees and shrubs – as well as the Red Squirrels which are one of his favourite animals. Mark says ‘I got to know Red Squirrels when I lived in Germany, and now it’s great to be able to see them at the Yorkshire Arboretum, where you can get really close to them. They look wonderful among the autumn leaves.’

John Grimshaw, Arboretum Director, said ‘We’re very proud to be hosting a show by such a distinguished artist as Mark Hearld, especially as it’s all about this place. It’s fascinating to see our ‘arb’ through an artist’s eyes.’


To our great surprise, our Red Squirrels have produced another litter of kits. The four new youngsters are the offspring of parents Holly and Erik, and are just making their first exploratory trips out of their nestbox. It’s late for kits to emerge, but with ample food provided and an experienced mother we expect them to thrive.  This makes a total of 12 kits produced in our first year, an extraordinary success. Some of the earlier kits will soon be going to a reintroduction project in Wales; boosting numbers of this delightful animal around the UK is the aim of this project, funded by the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund.

Mark Hearld’s ‘Autumn at the Arboretum’ exhibition is open in the Visitor Centre from Thursday 9 November (Preview Evening 8 November), free of charge, 10 am-4 pm each day until 30 November.

To visit the Red Squirrel Enclosure please book at

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