Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre
Opening dates and times:For NGS: Sun 2 Mar (10-5)
For other opening times and information, please phone or see garden website
Admission:Adm £7, chd £3
Description:Batsford is home to one of the country’s largest private tree collections providing year-round colour. Wander through 56 acres of wild gardens, paths and streams, enjoy breathtaking views across the Evenlode Valley and discover the oriental-inspired statues. Famous for autumn colour, Batsford is equally beautiful in spring thanks to snowdrops, aconites, daffodils and flowering cherries
Home baked lunches, cakes and afternoon teas available in Garden Terrace Café
In the press:Featured on Gardeners' World
Disability information:Visitor Centre accessible by wheelchair. 2 trampers available for members of the SW Countryside Mobility Scheme. Please book in advance
Further details:Batsford Arboretum is home to a unique collection of some of the world’s most beautiful and rare trees, shrubs and bamboos. It was started in the late 1800’s by Lord Redesdale – grandfather to the infamous Mitford sisters, who dedicated his life to creating a wild garden, heavily influenced by his time working in the Far East. His passion was shared by the 2nd Lord Dulverton who continued his work after inheriting the estate in 1956. Since his death in 1992, the arboretum has been looked after by a charitable trust, the Batsford Foundation.
Today the beauty of Batsford lies in its intimacy and informality. At just 56 acres it’s perfect for a couple of hours stroll, taking in the discretely labelled and comprehensive plant collections nestling among the trees. Romantic and restful in the summer, when the towering trees give shelter from the heat and sun, the arboretum is equally beautiful in the depths of winter when ice transforms it into a magical wonderland. Spring begins with a mass of snowdrops, aconites, daffodils and hellebores as well as the beautiful Davidia (Handkerchief Tree) and the Japanese Cherry blossom. In autumn the large collection of Japanese maples take centre stage, providing a stunning natural fireworks display of colour.
Whatever time of year you visit enjoy surprises around every corner, waterfalls and pools, breath-taking views across the Evenlode Valley and beautiful Orient-inspired statuary. And with gifts, a garden shop, plant centre and café housed in our award-winning visitor centre, Batsford has something for everyone – all year round.