With 56 acres to explore, it’s easy to lose yourself among the leafy glades, find a quiet spot to soak up the sunshine or marvel at the stunning views across the Evenlode Valley at Batsford Arboretum. Enjoy early colour from the snowdrops, spring-flowering bulbs and spectacular Japanese flowering cherries; escape the heat under the tree canopy in summer and prepare to be amazed by the outstanding autumn colour!
Batsford Arboretum dates back to the late 1800’s when the 1st Lord Redesdale – Grandfather to the infamous Mitford sisters – created a wild garden influenced by his time spent working for the foreign office in China and Japan. After a spell of neglect, Batsford was bought and rescued by the 2nd Lord Dulverton who turned it once again into a place of beauty, introducing collections of Birch, Maple, Oak, Ash, Lime, Magnolia, Mountain Ash, Pine, Fir, Spruce and many other rarities that still adorn the 56 acre site. Today, Batsford is home to the country’s largest private collection of trees and shrubs and has been run by the charitable trust, The Batsford Foundation, since 1983.
If visiting the arboretum inspires you, chances are you’ll find most of the plants available to buy at Batsford Garden Centre; a haven for garden and plant lovers, offering an unusual range of quality, affordable plants and sundries.
You’ll find delicious lunches, hot drinks and home-baked cakes from the Garden Terrace Café. Enjoy your meal on the wooden deck where you can soak up the sun – whilst the children burn off some energy in the play area – before browsing the gift shop or paying a visit to the resident Woodturner!
Batsford run a number of family friendly events run throughout the year – from themed children’s hunts, to open-air theatre productions and photography workshops – as well as a newly established Forest School.
If you love exploring in the great outdoors, you’ll love Batsford Arboretum! Open daily, dogs welcome on a short lead.
An informative theory class followed by a practical class in the Arboretum. Suitable for any level with a bridge or DSLR camera. Each workshop focuses on a different topic, covering exposure, composition, macro or abstract photography. Visit www.alanranger.com/batsford for more details and to book.
Family ‘Sharpshooter’ Photography Workshops, 30th July, 7th & 29th August
Grab your camera, phone or tablet and join a fun ‘explore & capture’ photography workshop at Batsford for the whole family! 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm. Visit www.alanranger.com/batsford for more details and to book.
The Big Batsford Bug Hunt! Daily from 26th July – 31st August
Make the most of the summer weather by getting active with the kids! Find the creepy crawlies hidden around the Arboretum and mark their locations on the map provided to win a prize! No need to book, just turn up and enjoy!
Family Forest school fun! Wednesday 29th August, 11.30am & 1.30pm
Come and explore Batsford’s very own Forest School site – build a den, play in our mud kitchen and discover the insects that inhabit there! Join children’s storyteller Michael Loader for spontaneous stories inspired by the animals and trees and have a go at making your own story character from natural materials to bring the stories to life! Why not stay for the day and head into the Arboretum for The Big Batsford Bug Hunt too?! £5 per child (£10 with Bug Hunt included). Visit www.batsarb.co.uk for more details.