Welcome to the Lovell Quinta Arboretum, a 28-acre site in Swettenham, near Congleton. It was created by Sir Bernard Lovell in the mid 1950s, best known for his telescope at Jodrell Bank and his work with radar. He was very enthusiastic about plants, especially trees and shrubs, and collected examples from far and wide. The Arboretum is home to a colourful range of around 2,500 different plants including snowdrops, crocus and daffodils in the spring as well as trees and shrubs. A tranquil place of grassy walks and leafy arbours, the Arboretum is home to a wide variety of wildlife and makes the perfect destination for a family outing or a quiet walk.
Entrance charge is £2.50, free to members of the Tatton Garden Society and to RHS members. The money is vital to help maintain this beautiful site.
There are two recommended walks, one long and one short around the site. You can download the maps from the Resources page.
The arboretum is open to the public every day from 9 am to sunset. Entry is by the outside eating area of the Swettenham Arms. Dogs welcome on a lead.
From 12 April 2021 the government advice is to ‘minimise travel’, so we are open for Members and local visitors, and those staying locally, and residents. There are still restrictions in place including social distancing, and numbers of people permitted to meet in a group, so please follow those instructions when you visit the Arboretum.
It is essential that everyone follows the Government instructions for England whilst visiting the Arboretum, so please make sure you are aware of these beforehand and plan your visit carefully.
Please be aware, if you are using the Arboretum, there are no facilities on site. Ensure that you maintain 2m social distancing when visiting. Visitors may now visit in groups of six or two households.
Please return to this website for further updates. The use of the Arboretum, in relation to the Government restrictions, will be monitored and our opening will be reviewed if circumstances change.