About the garden
The Roger & Douglas Turner Charitable Trust
Renowned for its stunning beauty, Arley Arboretum sits on the banks of the River Severn at Upper Arley, within the 1,600 acre Arley Estate.
One of the oldest in Britain, this beautiful arboretum is open to the public courtesy of the Trustees of the Roger & Douglas Turner Charitable Trust. The Arboretum is home to more than 300 species of rare and ancient trees, including specimens of giant redwood (Wellingtonia), whitty pear, monkey puzzle tree, Lucombe oak and cucumber tree. It also features seasonal displays of rhododendrons and azaleas, camelias, wisteria (lilac and white varieties) and one of Britain’s longest laburnum arches, measuring 65 metres.
Arley Arboretum is a magical place to visit throughout the year, with every season bringing a different visually-pleasing vista. From early flowering magnolias (they have more than a dozen varieties), to the beautiful display of autumn colours; BBC Countryfile Magazine (August 2017) voted Arley Arboretum one of the best places to see the autumn colours, boasting a fine collection of Japanese maples (Acer).
The jewel in the crown at Arley Arboretum is its walled Italian Garden designed in the Renaissance style, inspired by the classical ideals of order and beauty. Featuring formally planted raised beds and urns, grand water features (including an 18ft high water fountain), garden pagoda, dovecote, avenues of pleached silver lme trees and a magnicent Virginia creeper, it is a photographer's dream.