Geopark President’s visit 2021

President Chris Darmon visits the Geopark as part of GeoFest. On his first day he called in at Arley Arboretum which has just joined the Geopark Forum, and helped with the surveying of a new landscape trail and interpretation panel. The Arboretum sits on Upper Carboniferous Highley Sandstone and Alveley Sandstone, and also the number 3 terrace of the River Severn. On the second day he visited Geopark Member Hartlebury Castle, looking at the Triassic building stones which show a great variety of sedimentary structures. In the afternoon Chris had a special ride on the Severn Valley Railway before meeting SVR managers and talking about the programme of public participation in geology events on the railway. Some real ale in the King and Castle at Kidderminster station finished off the day very nicely.

Chris with Helena Chisholm the manager at Arley Arboretum

Cider mill in red Alveley Sandstone – part of the proposed geology trail at Arley Arboretum

With members of Geologists in the Geopark at Hartlebury Castle