Set in 168 acres there are some 3000 species of trees and shrubs and two chains of pools and lakes. The epicentre lies around the Big Pool where many rare and ornamental trees can be seen in flower or fruit at all times of the year, their autumn colours being a special beauty. Through a patchwork quilt of pools, plantations, dells and glades, habitats provide for flora and fauna, insect life and numerous species of resident and migrating birds.
The land that is now Bodenham Arboretum was purchased forty years ago by the late David Binnian and his wife Jennifer. What began as a hobby, planting a few trees each winter, has developed into an area of outstanding landscape beauty and interest.
His vision was to create a modern landscape that encapsulated his love and passion for trees and the countryside. When Bodenham received conditional English Heritage status in 1995 they realized it was a major opportunity for the Arboretum to be enjoyed by the public and it to remain in the family. What the family have achieved, continued and diversified by their son James and now his grandsons, is a thriving working farm and Arboretum that gives enormous pleasure to the many thousands of visitors each year.
Several miles of paths lead through acres of daffodils in early spring, and later primroses, bluebells and foxgloves line many of the woodland walks. The brilliant colours of azaleas and rhododendrons begin in mid- spring and the Laburnum Tunnel is one of the highlights in May/June.
The farm is enjoyed by all ages. Lambs and calves abound in spring, along with chicks from the rare breeds of poultry. Every Christmas time the old farm buildings are transformed to tell the biblical story of the nativity, with life size wooden characters and Bodenham’s animals, including our own donkeys.
The Visitor Centre is an award winning environmentally sensitive building carved out of the hillside. We serve a variety of home cooked food and cakes, including our very popular carvery. The pork, Herefordshire beef and lamb is from the farm and the vegetables are fresh and local when possible.
Sunday and Christmas lunches are catered for as well as public and private daytime/evening functions, weddings and funeral parties.
Sat Nav: DY115TB
Map ref: SO 8081
Brown signs from Wolverley Church island, along B4189
• Disabled friendly in Visitor Centre, limited access in the Arboretum
• Groups by arrangement
• Hard and grass paths – sensible footwear recommended
• Dogs on leads allowed in grounds
• Tree and plant sales
• Guided walks available
Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-5pm all year round.
Every day in October, December (ex. 24th and 25th)
All day and evening on Thursdays during May to September incl.
Admission charged for Arboretum and Nativity
Free car and coach parking
Photo Credits: © Bodenham Arboretum
For further information please visit: http://www.bodenham-arboretum.co.uk