Batsford Arboretum

Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton on Marsh

Batsford Arboretum is set in 56 acres of lovely Cotswold Countryside and contains over 1500 trees with species from all over the world.

Batsford Arboretum is situated just a mile from the picturesque town of Moreton on the Marsh.

The Arboretum was developed by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford from 1886, grandfather of the Mitford Sisters. He had travelled widely in Asia and brought a Chinese and Japanese influence to the garden which is still apparent today.

It is one of our favourite places to visit as it has beautiful colours throughout the year. There are great displays of snowdrops in February, followed by daffodils and then marvellous blossoms from the Cherries and Magnolias in spring.

In summer see the bamboo groves, fine bronze statues and waterside plantings.
It all comes together in Autumn with glorious Autumn tints and great colours to take your breath away.

When is the best time to visit Batsford Arboretum?
Unlike some arboretums Batsford is a great place to visit all year round, with snowdrops in February/March, Spring Bulbs and blossoms April/May and Autumn Colours October/November

How much time do I need when visiting Batsford Arboretum?
It is worth allocating around 2 hours to your visit here and don't miss the Garden Terrace Cafe, Garden Shop and lovely Plant Centre.

Further information - A newspaper article of the time described the early development of the garden at Batsford. (wikipedia)

"The first process was to hew a wide glace through the wood leaving here a lofty fir, there a group of hollies, and preserving a dense belt of trees to form a sheltering circumference. Next, a deep ravine was boldly gouged for half a mile or so, and by cunning engineering enough water was collected to send a small rill down it. Still, there were no rocks – not even a stone; and a ravine with earthen sides differs no whit from a railway cutting.
These had all to be brought from a distance. Huge blocks from oolite limestone – many thousands of tons of them, some of them weighing each as much as seven tons were carted from a quarry about a mile off, and all these great slabs and blocks from one end of the glen to the other were laid so as to conform to the dip of the native beds so as to give the impression of a rocky gorge which to puny streamlet has prevailed to cut out in the course of ages. Of course cement had to be used but it has been used so cunningly as to deceive the very elect. Even the bed of the stream had to be laid in cement or the water would have soaked away out of sight."

Editors Choice

Batsford Arboretum Opening Times 2021 - see latest information by visiting website. Normally Open all year. Full disabled access in the visitor centre. About 40% access in the arboretum itself.
Adjoining garden centre, gift shop and restaurant including outdoor decking area.

Snowdrops from around 20th January

Nearby Gardens
just yards away

Sezincote House built in an Indian Style with beautiful water garden.
Bourton House - A beautiful Cotswold house surrounded by a colourful English Garden


  • Street: Batsford Arboretum
  • Postcode: GL56 9AD
  • City: Moreton in Marsh
  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Country: United Kingdom


  • Telephone: 01386 701441
  • E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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