Lord Heseltine’s tale of an arboretum adventure is big boost for library group

Lord Heseltine at library event in Middleton Cheney NNL-150903-163646001
Lord Heseltine at library event in Middleton Cheney NNL-150903-163646001

A captive audience gathered to hear Lord Heseltine give a talk about the arboretum he has developed at his home in Thenford.

The event on Friday evening was in aid of Middleton Cheney library – but there was such a big demand for tickets the audience of some 150 people packed into the main hall of the primary school across the car park from the library.

They heard about the development of the arboretum and through slides everyone was able to witness its progress.

The arboretum has more than 3,000 trees and shrubs, and is still growing.

Many of them are rare species and with other flower plantings give the area all-year-round attractiveness.

The Library Supporters Group runs a range of events throughout the year to better use its library and raise money to improve it.

Publicity officer Chris Craggs said: “Friday’s talk was the highlight of the year so far and the audience included not only local villages but visitors from Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Buckingham and other local villages.

“The supporters group is grateful to Lord Heseltine for his interest, time and support and presented him with a tree to be added to his arboretum, to show its appreciation. The tree, a 10ft specimen of Quercus Robur, the common English Oak, seemed to delight him and Lord Heseltine added: ‘I have a good idea where I will be planting this fine specimen. It will make a good addition to my collection’.”