Barnwood Arboretum is a beautifully kept small park, with some fine specimen trees. But it is its history which adds another dimension. Originally it was part of the grounds of an enormous private psychiatric hospital, largely Victorian. The buildings are now demolished but the vigilant will spot low walls and walks from the gardens.
The patients were from well off families and were very well looked after. The Rules for their treatment by staff show respect and compassion. These rules may be seen in Gloucester Archives.
Many of the impressive trees were brought here from abroad by the families of the patients.
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