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Batsford Arboretum creates new home for local wildlife

Jan 24, 2017

Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, have recently planted a mile-long natural hedgerow to provide an essential corridor and habitat for visiting and native wildlife.

The hedgerow stretches either side of the visitor attraction’s half mile-long entrance driveway and consists of 12 different species of plants – including Field Maple, Hawthorn, Hazel and Holly – totalling 7,400 individual plants.

Batsford Arboretum is home to one of the country’s finest collections of rare and unusual trees and is run by charitable trust The Batsford Foundation. Through careful management, one of the Foundation’s key objectives is to protect and conserve the trees and plants in its care to create a natural environment in which animals and insects can thrive.
Once established, it is hoped that the extensive hedgerow will become a vital food source and habitat for the many birds that frequently visit Batsford, as well as other local wildlife such as hedgehogs, mice and shrews.

2017 North Wales Festival of Gardens

Dec 1, 2016

Dates Just Announced for the 2017 North Wales Festival of Gardens


Saturday 27th May until Sunday 11th June 2017


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Largest Trees in the United Kingdom

Oct 13, 2016
Japanese Cedar - Plas Tan Y Bwlch

Largest trees in UK discovered in the gardens of Plas Tan Y Bwlch, North Wales.

Following a recent survey by the Tree Register of the British Isles (TROBI) it has been confirmed that some of the biggest trees in Britain are growing in the grounds and gardens of Plas Tan y Bwlch in North Wales.

Plas Tan y Bwlch is a spectacular Victorian-Gothic mansion located in dramatic mountain scenery within the Snowdonia National Park.  The immediate gardens around the mansion, which cover 13 acres (5.2 hectares), were laid out between 1879 and 1912 and are planted with an extensive collection of spring-flowering rhododendrons and azaleas, including a 120-year-old rhododendron tunnel. Shrubs, roses and herbaceous plants, growing in warm south-facing borders, flower all summer long and in autumn Plas Tan y Bwlch’s fantastic trees produce stunning leaf colour.

It is the trees, both in the gardens and surrounding grounds, which are currently commanding attention. On a recent TROBI visit to Plas Tan y Bwlch, undertaken by Owen Johnson, what he found was (in his own words) ‘truly remarkable’…………………….

“The woods at Plas Tan-y-Bwlch probably have the best series of Cryptomeria japonica (Japanese cedars) of any estate in Britain”, says Owen Johnson. “Below Llyn Mair a small Victorian pinetum now contains three ‘champion trees’ growing almost side-by-side. There is also an attractive range of trees in the main garden, including a Davidia (Dove Tree) unsurpassed from its crown-size and beauty.” 

In all, Plas Tan y Bwlch has four UK champion trees, nine Welsh champions, plus a further 16 Gwynedd champions.

Andrew Oughton, Director of Plas Tan y Bwlch and its gardens (which are open to the public and owned and managed by the Snowdonia National Park Authority) said……. “We have long been aware of the magnificence of the trees at Plas, but had no idea so many of them were the biggest of their kind. Our garden consultant Tony Russell is at the moment producing a book entitled The Principal Trees of Plas Tan y Bwlch, which we hope to have published shortly”