Advance warning. There are roadworks on Sandy Lane (the ford road) in Swettenham from 24th to 28th June. This will NOT affect access to the Swettenham Arms or the Arboretum, but the sign is misleadingly placed! You can find out more here.

Our lake has been newly refurbished thanks to a grant from The Veolia Environmental Trust. Main works are complete but landscaping is still ongoing.

To help you plan your visit, watch our promotional videos ‘The Arboretum in spring‘ and ‘The History of the Lovell Quinta Arboretum‘ to find out what to expect.

The Lovell Quinta Arboretum is owned and managed by Tatton Garden Society who run the site on a charitable basis. Free for members, non-members donation of £2.50 per person. Please see the Join Us page for more information.

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 (ex October). 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.