Batsford Arboretum: A Tree-mendous Escape In The Cotswolds!

Batsford Arboretum

The Cotswolds, located in the heart of England and designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966, is a region renowned for its picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and historic landmarks.

It’s also home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, with wildflowers such as cowslips, primroses, and bluebells painting the countryside in vibrant hues during the spring months.

The region has many places to see flowers, shrubs and trees that are unique to the Cotswolds. There is a wide variety of walking trails and parks, which offer stunning views of the countryside and its wildlife.

These can be seen in National Trust properties, public and private gardens, castles, garden centres, arboretums, historical sites, woodlands, alongside rivers, in the valleys, and in many other places.

One such place is Batsford Arboretum (“ahr-buh-ree-tuhm”) is in the Cotswolds and is one mile from Moreton-in-Marsh (Google Maps shows the location in the middle of the A44 which is where the turnoff is and not the actual location).

The road leading to these gardens is quite extraordinary in itself; a straight narrow two-way road with trees and fields on either side.

An arboretum is a botanical garden that is dedicated to the cultivation and study of trees and other woody plants and typically showcase trees and shrubs from around the world, and often includes collections of rare or endangered species.

The road leading to Batsford Arboretum
Seen from the road leading to Batsford Arboretum

Batsford Arboretum is a beautiful arboretum and covers 56 acres and features over 2,850 labelled specimens of trees and shrubs including maples, magnolias, conifers, and flowering cherries.

Open year-round, visitors can explore the beautiful gardens and wooded areas, enjoy scenic walks, and learn about the diverse range of plant life on display.

Known for its beautiful seasonal displays, including the stunning displays of autumn foliage, Batsford Arboretum hosts several events throughout the year, including guided tours, workshops, and special exhibitions, making it a great destination for visitors of all ages and interests.

Established in 1886 by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford (later Lord Redesdale), his travels inspired the Batsford Arboretum throughout Asia and features elements of Chinese and Japanese design throughout its gardens.

In the late 1860s, Freeman-Mitford worked for the Foreign Office in Russia, China and Japan, becoming an expert linguist and recognized authority on culture and politics.

His friendships with three successive directors of Kew Gardens in London proved invaluable in developing Batsford’s gardens and tree plantings.

Lord Redesdale transformed the wild garden by planting rare species of plants and trees along a 600 metre watercourse and constructed a hermit’s cave, rockery and rest house for solitude.

Frederick Hamilton Wills, 2nd Lord Dulverton, inherited Batsford in 1956 and further enhanced its wild garden. He planted many rare tree varieties, creating an amazing collection that is now known as The Batsford Arboretum of international standards.

This is an ideal spot for a day out with the family and offers plenty to do, such as visiting Cotswold Falconry Centre or Cotswold Archery. There’s a video on YouTube to give you an idea of what to expect.

Heathrow Airport to Batsford Arboretum takes approximately 1.5 hours by car.

Enchantment Awaits
Enchantment Awaits

The Cotswolds region is home to many charming villages and towns, churches, historic landmarks, outdoor activities, in a beautiful part of England. After visiting the region many times, we created the dedicated to helping others plan their own trips to the Cotswolds.

Quick guides: Compton Abdale: A Village With Great Walks To Explore, , Daglingworth: A Peaceful Village With Traditional CharmBagendon: A Quaint Village in the Cotswolds, and Avening: Stunning Views Across Rolling Hills


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