Gloucestershire arboretum extends collection
28 May 2010
An arboretum considered one of the finest in Britain is to expand its boundaries and add over 500 new plants to its collection under a £2 million programme of investment.
Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire, an RHS recommended garden, is to add three hectares (seven acres) of former pastureland to its boundaries, extending still further what is already one of the largest private collections in Britain. The arboretum was founded in the late 19th century and is renowned for its Asian woodland planting, including many fine specimens of Acer, Magnolia and Prunus.
The extra space will allow the arboretum to extend its National Collection® of Japanese Prunus (Sato-Sakura Group) and add to the extensive collection of Acer cultivars. Some rare and endangered trees will also be planted such as the Golden Vietnamese cypress, Xanthocyparis vietnamensis, down to just a handful of specimens in the wild.
Batsford Arboretum is an RHS recommended garden and is open daily.