We live less than half an hour away and have been meaning to visit this exceptional place for ages. The only reason we haven't, as is often the case, is that it is almost too near home but the attraction of Autumn colour at last got us to make the effort and we weren't disappointed.
True, the leaves on many trees are a bit late in turning this year but there were enough to satisfy us on the mid-November sunny day when we visited. We started with an excellent carvery meal in the busy restaurant and then explored the extensive and well kept grounds with a wide variety of trees and shrubs, most of which we were pleased to see were labelled. As a fairly new arboretum, many of the trees are yet to mature fully but that didn't take away the interest for us,
There are several lakes and ponds with plenty of ducks for interest as well as paddocks with chickens, sheep and donkeys. Unfortunately our visit followed a very wet spell of weather so many of the grassed areas and paths were very muddy and it is to be hoped, as the arboretum develops, more of the paths can be gravelled to make it more suitable for year round visits.
We left asking why on earth we didn't visit before but we shall put that right from now on as there is still much to explore and we will probably purchase season tickets which sound good value as they can also be used at other locations such as Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Batsford Arboretum.
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