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If you’ve visited the Botanic Garden recently you may have had that strange feeling of being watched as six of our favourite trees have each been given a pair of eyes for a new family trail called Giants of the Garden.
The eyes can be spotted on a Golden Willow, a Giant Redwood, a Hop Hornbeam, a Eucalyptus, a Strangler Fig and the Grafted Beech. Families doing the trail pick up a trail map from the Garden’s ticket office and then make their way to each of the trees, creating a magical nature wand as they go. At the start of the trail children choose a stick (wandwood) which then gradually becomes a powerful magic wand as they are challenged at each of the trees to hunt for specific fallen items to add to the wand to increase its magical properties.
The trail also includes interesting stories about each of the trees, like how the strangler fig squeezes other trees to death and the story behind the grafted beech which was originally formed from two separate plants.
The trail has been a big hit with our family visitors with 2,000 trails being used within the first 2 months of the trail starting. The Garden’s Visitor Services team has spotted some quite fantastic magic wands out and about in the Garden and has received some lovely visitor feedback, including one grandmother who explained how she is now a trail regular as her grandchildren insist they make a new wand each time they visit.
The Giants of the Garden trail is available to collect from the Garden’s ticket offices until 27 March 2015.
Sally Lee, Education Officer, Botanic Garden