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Our lake is not currently looking at its best and is scheduled to undergo renovation work in 2022 to help restore it to its former glory.

How to find us

The Lovell Quinta Arboretum is located behind the Swettenham Arms
Swettenham Lane,
Swettenham Village,
Near Congleton,
Cheshire
CW12 2LF

Google Map

Please be careful when navigating to the Quinta. The postcode will only give you the general area. Note that, contrary to some maps and sat-navs, there is no vehicular access to Swettenham from the south. This is a bridleway open to horses, cyclists and walkers only.

Opening hours

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. There are two days each year when the site is open for the National Garden Society (“yellow book”) charity.

Entrance charge is £2.50, but is free to members of the Society. It is also free to RHS members all year round except October. If no one is present to receive the money, it may be put in the brick box at the entrance. The money is badly needed to help maintain this beautiful site, and we would also be grateful for any donations. You can download our walking maps here for suggested routes through the Arboretum. Routes are clearly signposted.

There are some 800 species and some 2,500 trees and shrubs, including two National Collections. There is a hebe collection with over 100 species in trial beds planted by the The Hebe Society. In 2005, over 60 new rhododendron taxa were planted.

Dogs

Dogs are welcome in the Arboretum, but please keep them on a lead so that they don’t disrupt wildlife. Please pick up after your dog, a bin is located just outside the main entrance gate by the Swettenham Arms seating area.

Pushchairs

All the Arboretum paths are grassed, so may be unsuitable for pushchairs in wet weather. Stout walking footwear is recommended.


“Beautiful walks very well signposted and maintained. Some fantastic views on the edge of Holmes Chapel viaduct. Highly recommended.”

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