Trees on the grounds of the Houghall campus

Houghall Campus To Host Guided Autumn Walk

Wed, 2002-06-19 01:00

Next weekend East Durham College’s Houghall Campus will be hosting a guided walk through its stunning arboretum.

Open to the general public, the walk will be hosted by esteemed horticulture expert and Houghall lecturer Mike Hirst; who represents a number of committee’s in the world of horticulture including the Houghall Horticultural Society Committee, the Institute of Horticulture and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, the world’s oldest biological society.

After an exceptional year for fruiting trees at Houghall, the walk will take in these sights, along with showing visitors round a variety of the different autumn shades around the grounds.

Mike is hoping it will be a fantastic afternoon for people to come along and view the area and learn about the stunning collection of trees at the site.

Mike said: “The guided autumn walk at Houghall is always a fantastic event.

“The campus grounds, with its unique arboretum, is a hidden gem of the Durham area and it’s great to be able to show it off to the general public.

“With the wonderful summer and mild start to autumn it’s been a fantastic year for the fruiting trees here at Houghall, particularly Sorbus and appl. They are quite a sight dripping with their fruit.

“And along with all the wonderful autumn colours it should make for an interesting and very picturesque walk.”

The event will take place on Sunday 20th October, meeting in the main campus car park at 2.00pm. There will be a small charge of £3 for adults and the event is free for children.

The guided walk will last for approximately one hour and some areas of the walk will not be fully accessible for wheelchair users.