Welsh Rarebits member, Gliffaes Hotel near Crickhowell, is sharing the delights of its magnificent arboretum in an organised ‘Tree Walk,’ followed by an informal BBQ lunch on August 24.
The Gliffaes tree collection includes ancient oaks, reminders that the Gliffaes location has been inhabited for 600 years; a Hankercheif Tree, so-called because the pure-white bracts it produces in spring look like waving hankerchiefs; and spectacular Giant and Coastal Redwoods. The Coastal Redwood is renowened as the world’s tallest tree, and the the specimens at Gliffaes stand at 48m, with a girth of 7.36m.
Other delights include the Tulip tree, which in mid-summer has a profusions of orange tulip -like flowers; the Paper Bark Maple with its distinctive peeling bark, and the Paper-Bark Birch – another tree with peeling bark, which was used by native Americans to build their canoes due to its impervious nature.
Other trees include a lovely lime planted to mark the arrival of James and Susie Suter to run the hotel, a magnificently gnarled Japanese Maple (renowned for its fabulous autumn colour), and a huge Cedar of Lebanon, a baby version of which has been planted nearby to eventually take its place.
Recently planted native species include holly, hazel, spindle, crab apple hawthorn and guelder rose.
“We are very proud of our tree collection, and work hard to maintain and improve it,” says James Suter. “We very much see ourselves as custodians of the arboretum, and see it as a gift for future generations to enjoy as much as we have.”
“Our trees have proved to be a major point of interest with our guests, which is why we have introduced guided walks throughout the year, showing the collection in different seasons. However, we have also printed a leaflet, available at reception, so that people can enjoy the tree collection outside the guided walk times.”
The Gliffaes Hotel guided tree walk begins at 11am on August 24. Please call 01874 730 371 to book a place.