Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum Dinmore Hill Leominster Herefordshire
The park is open daily, dawn-dusk.
Queenswood is the only designated Country Park in the County, it is home to a 47 acre tree collection (arboretum) with over 1,200 rare and exotic trees from all over the world and 123 acres of semi-natural ancient woodland which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Local Nature Reserve (LNR).
The planting of the arboretum at Queenswood began in 1953 to mark the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It was funded by a public appeal ‘The Queenswood Coronation Fund’ launched by Sir Richard Cotterell who was then the Chairman of the Queenswood Management Committee and the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire.
At Queenswood there is a collection of Californian Redwoods (which grow to over 100 metres tall in their native America), an avenue of 40 different species of Oak and the Autumn Garden where Japanese Maples display their spectacular coloured foliage in late October.
There are hundreds of other trees which have attractive blossom, foliage or berries which make the arboretum well worth a visit at any time of the year!
The Dendrology Stone at the centre of the Autumn Garden displays the Dendrology Award, which was presented to Queenswood Arboretum in 1981 by the International Dendrology Society in recognition of the quality of the collection of trees.
Queenswood access and trails
There are a selection of paths around the Country Park which follow easy access stone or woodchip surfaced paths.
There are three waymarked trails of differing lengths. The Badger Trail (approx 1 mile/30 mins), The Fox Trail (approx 1.5 miles/45 mins) and the Deer trail (approx 2.5 miles/1 hour 15 mins).
As the Country Park is naturally situated at the top of a hill even the shorter Badger Trail route includes some slopes however, all routes have benches situated at various points.
There is also an Electric Mobility Vehicle Trail which follows only the stone-surfaced easy access paths and would also be a good route to follow with wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Animals of the Forest sculpture trail
If you go down to the woods today…
Hidden amongst the trees and shrubs at Queenswood are seven sculptures of forest animals. Reflecting the diverse character and origins of the trees in the arboretum, the animals come from around the world. A Black Bear from the American Pacific Redwood forests, a stately Eagle Owl from the dark pine forests of Scandanavia, and, from closer to home, a family of Badgers, a playful pair of Pine Martens, a Dormouse, a roosting Lesser-horseshoe Bat and, soaring overhead, a majestic Buzzard.
The sculptures have been created by local chainsaw carvers Steve Elsby and Harry Thomas from a variety of locally-sourced wood.
Queenswood Information Centre and National Trust Shop
This facility is a partnership between Herefordshire Council and the National Trust.
The shop has a wide range of books, gifts, cards and plants, and provides information about National Trust properties in the County.
The shop also provides “front of house” for Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum, providing information about the Park, selling maps, trail guides and leaflets and managing the Electric Mobility Vehicle Hire (available Spring and Summer only); as well as a small Tourist Information Point.
Spring/Summer Opening Hours:
Mondays to Sunday – 10am to 5pm
For more information please call 01568 797853
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