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“A tree lover's delight!”
Review of Batsford Arboretum

Batsford Arboretum
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Owner description: Home to one of the largest private tree collections in the country, Batsford Arboretum offers visitors year round interest - from lush, spring colour provided by the beautiful Japanese flowering cherries to autumn’s spectacular natural fireworks display. Wander along 56 acres of wild gardens, paths and streams, enjoy stunning views across the Evenlode Valley and discover the beautiful oriental-influenced statues hidden in glades around the grounds.Freshly-baked food available all day in the Garden Terrace Café; Beautiful, quality plants, gifts and garden sundries; Expert gardening advice and unique shabby chic interior ideas from the Applestore.
Reviewed 9 May 2014

My wife and I visited Batsford yesterday and were very impressed with the magnificent trees, particularly a hankerchief tree, cedars, a fantastic tall redwood tree, acers, old oaks and many flowering magnolia. Lovely, also, to see all the blue bells in full bloom. The views of the Evenlobe Valley are stunning, as Batsford is in a high location. The place has had a lot of money spent and has an excellent new restaurant and extensive garden centre. It is a lovely peaceful place for a great break for a quiet walk, followed by a relaxed meal.

2  Thank Z2251COrichard
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

We popped into the Arboretum during the afternoon during a drive from the Midlands to Bristol. What a peaceful place to take a break. A wander through the trees soon takes away the stress. A nice snack on the veranda outside the coffee shop in the warm sun, finished this break off perfectly.

1  Thank Andy and Kath M
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Batsford arboretum is located about one mile outside Moreton-in-the-Marsh and was an absolute delight to visit this spring time. In mid-March there was a Daffodil week but the hellebores were all out at that time and they were splendid. Incidentally, attached to the arboretum is a garden centre which had a huge collection of hellebores for sale at the end of the visit.
After a coffee, we spent most of the day walking round admiring the trees and flowers (wildly placed which gave an air of 'real' countryside) and went back to the cafeteria where it was pleasant to sit outside and eat lunch. Perfect also was having a slice of cake with a cup of tea at the end of the visit!
The arboretum is home to a vast array of magnolias which were just beginning to open when we visited. Unfortunately we were too early in March to admire the cherry blossom.
This is a place it would be difficult to tire of.

2  Thank FandD2014
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

I think it was Joni Mitchel that said, “They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum. Then they charged all the people a dollar and a half just to see 'em.” I’m not sure if the song was actually playing on the radio as we arrived, but I was certainly humming the tune by the time we had negotiated the long, single lane entrance way up to the gravel car park shared with the falconry centre next door.

“Seven Quid? it’s just some trees, init?” Was the refrain of the stroppy looking teenager in the queue in front of us at the entrance, who it seems was visiting Batsford very much against his will. The admission price is indeed a little steeper than the aforementioned ‘dollar and a half,’ but wandering in you will also pass a few of the other attractions that cluster around the arboretum and are free to attend, including a café, a garden centre, a gift shop and the Apple store, a “quirky shabby-chic furniture” shop.

So, despite having driven past a dozen different types of tree on the way here and not given them a second glance, we pressed on. It would seem that paying £7 a go has the power - if nothing else - to really making sure you pay attention. And happily, there is actually plenty worth paying attention to.

You get a little map of the area when you pay to get you around and a number of points of interest are marked for you to track down. However, don’t stride off too purposely as there is nice little display on Batsfords’ history on the right as you step outside and is worth a read before you get going. The time of year you visit will obviously have an impact on what there is to see. Our visit at Easter time meant Bluebells, Daffodils and Cherry Blossom with lots of vivid colours and textures.

Of the more interesting sites to look out for were the waterfall, where you can get the best look at the manor house around which Batsford is set and it would be nice to see a little more of it. To call it a waterfall is bit of a stretch, as it is barely more than a trickle, but it is a lovely spot to take pictures. Also of interest was the Japanese Rest House with the tree ring timeline, the Giant Redwoods (which I’m sure one day will live up to this name) and the pretty church and village at Eastern boundary of the Park.

Finally, my favourite spot was the tree with the best story behind it. The Anne Frank Horse Chestnut Tree on the SW border of the park was taken as a cutting from the tree which stood outside of the window to the attic where the young girl sheltered from the Nazi’s and gets several mentions in her diary. For some reason it isn’t on the issued map but is well worth seeking out.

For the kids there was an Easter chicken hunt laid on, however most seemed to be having a whale of a time making their own entertainment in the sunshine watching the sheep in the field to the NW, rolling down hills and finding interesting shaped rocks.

In conclusion, it took us about two hours to get around the place and if we had brought a picnic we could have made the visit last even longer in what is a very pleasant environment. Worth a visit, but check the weather first.

1  Thank staffjim
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

A rather dull start to the day on 25th April, with not much promise of any sunshine, however a mid-morning cup of coffee and a homemade scone in the tea shop more than made up for this and by the time I had finished my cuppa' the sun had started to shine and the whole arboretum just lit up as if by magic.
The Magnolias are absolutely magnificent this year as ever, and a good selection of wild flowers including bluebells and primroses made my day.
The bird feeders near the entrance to the arboretum were well supported by the blue tits, goldfinch and bullfinch, plus a couple of others I have not yet identified.
Get down there now while the magnolias are still in bloom, and who knows what other flowers plants, birds etc. you will find. I can guarantee you will enjoy the walk.

2  Thank Alan D
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