Please note that new Government restrictions come into force on 5th November for England.
The Arboretum will remain open for Members and Visitors.
It is essential that everyone follows the Government instructions for England whilst visiting the Arboretum. So please ensure that you are aware of these before you visit.
Please plan you visit carefully.
1. Please be aware, if you are travelling to the Arboretum, there are no facilities on site. So prepare for your visit accordingly.
2. Ensure that you maintain social distancing when visiting.
3. Please note that parking is limited.
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.
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.