Chicken Hunt a hit with visitors

Evesham Journal: 1614574801 Paul Jackson 15.04.14 Bourton-on-the-Hill Batsford Arboretum Chicken Hunt. From left - Anna Masefield, three and Elliott Masefield, five. (5447012) 1614574801 Paul Jackson 15.04.14 Bourton-on-the-Hill Batsford Arboretum Chicken Hunt. From left - Anna Masefield, three and Elliott Masefield, five. (5447012)

VISITORS have been flocking to Batsford Aboretum to take part in a special Easter trail.

The warm spring weather has brought an influx of visitors to the arboretum, near Moreton, for its second Chicken Hunt.

Susie Hunt, Marketing Manager, said this year's event had gone down well with visitors.

"This year we've been slightly taken by surprise at how popular it's been," she said. "It's brilliant. We're delighted with how it's going. There's been a really lovely buzz to the place for the last five weeks."

The arboretum is also hosting Living Gardens Days tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday from 11am to 3pm.

Experts from the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust will be on hand with free advice and tips about the best plants to buy to provide the perfect environment for birds, insects and wildlife and there will also be children’s activities.

Meanwhile, Batsford Arboretum’s National Collection of Japanese Flowering Cherries are on target to reach their blossomy peak in time for the Easter Weekend.

With 52 different varieties known as Japanese village cherries, people can enjoy a confetti of colour ranging from pure white to fuchsia pink and every shade in-between.

The cherry collection was established at Batsford Arboretum in the 1950’s by the former owner, the 2nd Lord Dulverton and added to over the years.

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