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Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre is the winner of the Cotswold Tourism Awards Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2013 and home to the country's largest private collection of trees and shrubs.
Autumn Colour Spectacular, until mid-November
Beautiful Batsford Arboretum is ablaze with autumn colour! Centre stage are the maples and cherries in every hue from flame reds to salmon pinks and sunshine yellows, as well as the Liquidambar tree – with its multi-coloured leaves from deep purple to pale gold. Enjoy 56 acres of magical walks along paths, beside streams and waterfalls and enjoy spectacular views across the Cotswold countryside. Open every day from 10am-5pm. Visit www.batsarb.co.uk or call 01386 701441 for more information.
Autumn Photography Workshops, selected dates from 17th October – 1st November
Join Alan Ranger, an internationally acclaimed and award winning professional photographer, at Batsford Arboretum on a half or one day photography workshop. Suitable for beginners and more advanced photographers, Alan will work with each person individually to capture the wonderful autumn colour in the Arboretum. The workshops will cover close-ups and macro as well as the larger vistas, so no matter what your preference is for image style, there is something for everybody to enjoy and practise their photography skills. Half day workshops are £79 and run from 8am – 12pm or 1pm – 5pm, full day workshops cost from £130 and run from 8am – 5pm. All bookings must be made in advance, for more details and to book visit www.alanranger.com/batsford
What else will I find at Batsford Arboretum?
The recently-built visitor centre at Batsford has a fantastic café offering home backed lunches, cakes and afternoon teas, with the chance to soak up the sunshine from the wooden outdoor deck in good weather. There’s also a quality garden and gift shop and a beautiful plant centre set in the grounds of the old Victorian walled garden.
Don’t miss a visit to The Applestore at Batsford (www.applestoreatbatsford.co.uk) where you’ll find a fantastic range of shabby chic upcycled furniture given a new lease of life with Annie Sloan paints, as well as gifts, Shepherd’s Huts and Pizza Ovens too!
Right next door is the Cotswold Falconry Centre
Where is Batsford Arboretum?
Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre is located just a mile and a half from the historic Cotswold market town of Moreton-in-Marsh – home to a fabulous selection of antique shops, beautiful hotels and great eateries.
Batsford Arboretum Opening Times
Batsford Arboretum is open every day, except Christmas Day
Admission Charges for 2015
Adults £7.95 (concs £6.95)
Children (4-15 incl) £3.50
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £18
Are dogs allowed at Batsford Arboretum?
Yes! Throughout the arboretum and inside the visitor centre on a lead please.
It’s official – visiting Batsford is good for you!
7th November 2013
Staff at Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire have welcomed the news of a scientific link between healthy woods and healthy lives.
The Woodland Trust has calculated that more than £2 billion a year could be saved if everyone had access to green spaces.
Batsford’s Operations Manager Stuart Priest says his team have been aware of the arboretum’s feel-good factor for many years. ‘You only have to look at people before and after their visit to the arboretum to realise what a great de-stresser a walk through our tree collection is’, he says.
The Woodland Trust’s claims come at the end of a five-year project to raise awareness about woods which are open to the public called Visit Woods. http://visitwoods.org.uk/en/visit-woods/Pages/get-involved.aspx#.UntMWuJDf-I.
They say there’s growing evidence of a link between green spaces and improvements in problems such as obesity, mental health issues, dementia and autism. This has lead to calls for urban planners to factor in green spaces when designing new developments.
Mr Priest says ‘we have hundreds of season ticket holders who visit several times a week to soak up the natural environment of Batsford Arboretum. It’s also one of the reasons we invest thousands of pounds a year on two all-terrain vehicles called Trampers for our less mobile visitors as it gives them complete access to the whole arboretum’.
The Japanese have recognised the benefits of spending times in forests for centuries where it’s known simply as shinrinyoku – or forest bathing! Mr Priest says there’s something very special about the arboretum at Batsford – itself home to a number of Japanese and eastern-inspired statuary. ‘We have also been amazed at the response to our Tai Chi sessions in the Arboretum’, he says. ‘They’ve proved such a success we even have our own staff sessions every fortnight.’
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Batsford Arboretum Photos
Camassias in full bloom at Batsford Arboretum
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