The Other day we headed over to Batsford Arboretum which is a favorite of ours in the Autumn as the colours you get there are just spectacular. We have never visited in the Summer before though so when we heard there was a tree that was flowering for the first time in 25 years we thought we’d pay it a visit.
Stood in the grounds is a Neo-Tudor house designed by Earnest George and now privately owned. The surrounding views are stunning with parkland surrounding the estate. Batsford has a Tree and Plant collection which covers a wide range of plants from around the world but with an emphasis on the Far East. There are over 2,850 labelled specimens including about 1,300 different trees, shrubs and bamboo. They have also held the National Collection of Japanese Flowering Cherries since 2002, which means they have at least 70% of known cultivars.
Throughout the arboretum you will see many Japanese inspired buildings, sculptures and bridges which combined with all the many species of Japanese maples known for their fiery autumn colour creates a beautiful setting especially in the Autumn months. Throughout the year there’s plenty of colour throughout the Arboretum with impressive displays of flowering bulbs in the Spring to their beautiful wild flower areas in the Summer, where you’ll find forget-me-knots, buttercups, foxgloves and orchids.
One of the most important things is that they are of course dog friendly and when ever we’ve been they’ve always greeted Coops with some treats when paying for our tickets. Dogs are welcome in the Arboretum as long as they are kept on a short lead at all times. They are also welcome in the main building including the cafe as long as they are well behaved. They have plenty of indoor and outside seating with cover so perfect for all weather conditions and during the Autumn season when it’s busier they have a further area inside the Arboretum where you an get a very tasty Pasty. If you are thinking of taking a Picnic it’s worth noting they don’t allow picnics in the actual Arboretum but there are picnic tables situated at the rear of the visitor centre for you to use and you can picnic on any of the grassy areas around the lower car parks.
There are always plenty of events on and currently until the 31st August for the School holidays there is a Big Batsford Bug Hunt on with many Creepy Crawlies hidden around the Arboretum that the kids can mark off the locations on a map provided to win a prize. (£2.50 per child)
We’ll definitely be heading back to Batsford when Autumn comes back around as who can resist the colours that the season brings with it. Have you ever been before? We’d love to know your thoughts in the comments.
Fi & Coops xXx