Friends' Annual Party (SOLD OUT)

friends party glade

It is always fun to celebrate – this time it will be the fact that it is 60 years since the Arboretum became part of the Oxford Botanic Garden. For this reason, we are inviting you to what used to be known as the Firs and Ferns Glade, now more practically called the Education Glade, at the Arboretum. It is a lovely open space, as you can see, surrounded by huge trees planted in the 1830s by William Sawrey Gilpin at the start of his renowned, picturesque ‘Serpentine Ride’. This area has the advantage of accessibility – it is very close to the entrance, the car park and all the facilities.

We will serve drinks and canapés (made by the team), and entertain you with speeches from our leaders, including Simon Hiscock, the Director, Sarah Taylor, the Friends’ chairman, and Ben Jones, Curator of the Arboretum. In addition, we will have the pleasure of a variety of music from the well-travelled cello of the ecologist William Sutherland from Northumberland. This will be an ideal opportunity for us to explain the need for, the very careful choice of appropriate materials, and progress being made with the paths. As you will by now know, these have been the subject of our major fund-raising drive – The Friends' Paths Appeal

There is ample parking at the Arboretum, and there is also a regular bus service, the River Rapids X40 between Oxford and Reading. You can plan your bus journey online here: Directions - Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel.

  • Friends £10, guests £15
  • Children under 16 are free