Peacocks top pecking order at arboretum

8:30am Thursday 3rd July 2014

VISITORS to Harcourt Arboretum got an insight into how staff look after plants and trees and met some peacocks along the way.

The garden, near Nuneham Courtenay, is a satellite of Oxford University’s Botanic Garden and staff provide a guided walk round the garden at 1.30pm on the first Wednesday of every month.

Oxford Mail:

Tree expert Guy Horwood, from Oxford, labove, ed visitors yesterday through rhododendron bushes and explained the work carried out to maintain trees and plants all year round.

Mr Horwood also said there were now 14 peacocks at the arboretum and explained that was not always the case.

He added: “About 18 months ago we only had male peacocks but some females were introduced to calm the males down.

The peacocks’ feathers look very bright at this time of year but when they drop out the visitors pick them up and take them home as souvenirs.”

Peacocks have inhabitated the garden for many years and the main entrance is called Peacock Gate.

For further information on opening times, visit harcourt-arboretum.ox.ac.uk

Our top stories:

Update: More than 1,200 expected at refugee protest in Oxford tomorrow

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 5th September 2015

A DEMONSTRATION tomorrow against the Government’s stance on refugees has snowballed.

UPDATE: Investigation under way after soldier in his 20s dies at Bicester barracks

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Saturday 5th September 2015

AN investigation has been launched after a soldier died at St David's Barracks in Bicester yesterday.

Families across Oxford offer sanctuary for refugees

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 5th September 2015

FAMILIES across the city have pledged to open their doors and house vulnerable refugees desperately seeking shelter in the UK.

Anger as West Way blueprint puts parade’s future in doubt

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 5th September 2015

THE family who own a parade of shops in Botley spared from demolition have hit out at planning documents that leave its future uncertain again.

Water leak at primary school ‘was a timebomb’, says head

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 5th September 2015

A MASSIVE water leak at a North Oxford school was yesterday described as a “timebomb waiting to happen”.

Pioneering mental health college set to transform lives of sufferers

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Saturday 5th September 2015

THE first college in the county which will support people with mental health difficulties is set to transform thousands of lives.

Back

© Copyright 2001-2015 Newsquest Media Group

Oxford Mail: site_logo http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk

Click 2 Find Business Directory http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/trade_directory/