The Lovell Quinta Arboretum has now started a phased re-opening. It is now open but to Members only. We hope to open to all visitors soon.
Following Government instructions for England, the Lovell Quinta Arboretum, like many other arboreta and gardens, is phasing its re-opening. To assist the maintenance of social distancing the first phase of this reopening is to admit Members.
Please be aware, if you are travelling to the Arboretum, there are no facilities on site, parking is limited and the Swettenham Arms is currently closed.
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This wonderful arboretum in Swettenham was the brainchild of Sir Bernard Lovell, created by him in the mid 1950's after he purchased the property in 1948. In 1996 it passed into the hands of the Cheshire Wildlife Trust . In late 2003 they transferred it to Tatton Garden Society who now own the Arboretum.Sir Bernard is 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. Shortly after 1994, and by a chance visit, Rhoderic Taylor took over the curatorship and has been there to the present day. The Arboretum is home to a colourful range of plants including snowdrops, crocus and daffodils in the Spring. Trees and shrubs add their seasonal attractions from early flowers to berries and autumn colour. To help visitors most of the plants labelled. We are currently mowing the grass at three different heights to encourage wildlife and increase biodiversity. A recent survey indicated use of the Arboretum by 17 different bird species which shows the benefit of different management techniques.
Currently we have around 2,500 trees and shrubs, including National Collections of Pine (Pinus) and Ash (Fraxinus) There is also a large collection of Hebe in trial beds planted by the Hebe Society. There is a lake and many species of wildlife encouraged by a policy of minimum chemical use.
The arboretum is open to the public every day, except Christmas Day, from 9 am to sunset. Entry is by the outside eating area of the Swettenham Arms and visitors may use the large pub car park.
Entrance charge is £2.50, but is free to members of the Tatton Garden Society and to RHS members. (Note we have a special NGS event in October of each year). If no one is present please use the brick honesty box at the entrance and at least make a donation. The money is vital to help maintain this beautiful site.
There are two recommended walks, one long and one short around the site. The walks are marked with colour coded posts.