The 56 acre arboretum at Batsford is home to one of the largest private tree collections in the country, providing something of interest throughout the year and famed for trees which originate in Japan and China.
The collection includes a number of Red Data species which are extinct in the wild and several UK champion trees, famed for their size.
The arboretum is managed by the Batsford Foundation, a charity set up by the 2nd Lord Dulverton in 1983 to promote education, conservation and research into gardens, arboreta and historic landscapes.
The arboretum has a fascinating history, much of which is reflected in the planting and design you see today. For more information about who did what when, please click here.
As with all natural environments, Batsford Arboretum is a work in progress, just on a much bigger scale than most! It will always be protected by the Batsford Foundation but we're keen to develop it in a sympathetic way, completely in keeping with our charitable remit but making it an even more interesting, informative and special place to visit. Watch this space!
PLEASE NOTE: Weekends in October can get particularly busy for us and our car parks can fill-up quickly, so please bear with us if you are planning a weekend visit. Alternatively, we would recommend visiting during the week if possible, which is much quieter.