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Dogs & Picnics


We welcome dogs at Batsford and appreciate that they are an important part of your day out. Dogs are allowed throughout the arboretum, garden centre and café, however We have a few doggy rules to ensure you and your four-legged friend enjoy your day at Batsford:

Please keep your dog on a short lead at all times - EXTENDABLE LEADS ARE NOT ALLOWED (including inside the arboretum);

Please keep your dog under control and do not allow them to bark persistently within the main building or on the café terrace as this may cause disruption to other visitors;

Please clean up after your dog and use any of the litter bins around the site (please do not allow your dog to urinate in or around the main building or in the plant area). Free doggy bags are available at the arboretum entrance if you don't have one with you.

Dog water is available at several points around the visitor building and cafe. The streams and ponds around the arboretum are fed by a natural spring.  

Please be aware that on hot sunny days ground surfaces around the visitor building and on the cafe terrace may be too hot for dogs’ paws.



Unfortunately we don’t allow picnics in the Arboretum, however, there are picnic tables situated next to the coach park to use and you can picnic on any of the grassy areas around the lower car parks - please vacate the car park by 5.15pm, the gate on the main road will lock at 5.30pm. Thank you.