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Bluebell Arboretum & Nursery

Garden Opening Times
March to October: Monday - Saturday 9am to 5pm
(Sundays & Bank Holidays: 10.30am to 4.30pm)

November to February - Monday to Saturday: 9am to 4pm
(Closed on Sundays)
The nursery and gardens are closed from December 24th to January 2nd and on Easter Sunday


Admission Charge

Price: £3.00 per person. (Children & teenagers under 18 free)

We are open to the general public for the above admission fee but as we are also a Royal Horticultural Society Recommended Garden, RHS members are admitted to the gardens free of charge (on presentation of a valid membership card)


Garden Information

Planting in our beautiful woodland garden was started in 1992 and it now covers an area of nine acres.

British native trees were first planted to provide much needed shelter on this site. Into the wood that this created were planted hundreds of the choice, rare and unusual plants in which we specialise.

Although most of the large trees are still young with the majority at under 20 years of age, many of the shrubs and smaller trees already show their full beauty of form and habit and the arboretum has become a beautiful woodland walk with rare plant treasures on display to entice the real enthusiast!

Most of the plants on view in the arboretum are available for sale from the adjoining nursery and expert staff are to give information and advice.

  • Large car park with space for a coach. Toilet available on site.

  • With the exception of guide dogs, animals must be left in the owner's car, water bowls will be provided on request.

  • Tea and coffee is available from the nursery office on request (no cafe). Nearby pubs (<1 mile away) serve good food at lunchtime and in the evening.
  • Our lawns and grass paths can become slippy during or after rain or frosty weather. When visiting us, please wear sturdy footwear such as walking or Wellington boots.

  • IMPORTANT - Please be aware that despite our name, we are not a Bluebell wood! We have a huge collection of unusual trees and shrubs on display in the gardens but alas, few bluebells so far.

  • Interested in booking a guided tour of our woodland gardens?

    We are happy to lead guided tours of our gardens for groups of up to fifty people looking at plants with seasonal interest. These tours are lead by the garden owners, last for approx 2 ½ hours and include a cup of tea or coffee. The price also includes free access to the gardens for the rest of the day.

    In the past we have conducted tours of the gardens for the International Dendrological Society Tours, Royal Horticultural Society and many other gardening groups. We can structure the tour for all levels of interest, from novice gardeners to rare plant enthusiasts!

    Please remember that all guided tours must be booked in advance!

    Prices are as follows for groups:

    • Six to ten people: £12.50 each
    • 11 to 20 people: £7.50 each
    • 21 to 30 people: £6.25 each
    • 31 to 40 people: £5.00 each
    • 41 to 50 people: £3.75 each

    To arrange a tour with us please call our office on (01530) 413700 to arrange a convenient date. We need to know the approximate time your group wished to arrive and how many people would be likely to attend (including the minimum number that will be present as an indicator for the price).


    Garden Video - Autumn colour
    A compilation of photos taken in the gardens in autumn. Visit us to see the superb autumn colours here for yourself!


    Volunteering at Bluebell Arboretum and Nursery

    We are currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help tend our gardens and arboretum.

    Working in our gardens with and near the unusual trees and shrubs is a great way to improve your plant knowledge and gain experience. The work in the garden is varied and at different times of year may include weeding, pruning, grass cutting and other general gardening jobs.

    If you are interested in learning more please email us at sales@bluebellnursery.com or call our office on (01530) 413700


    Creating your own Arboretum or Woodland Garden

    An arboretum or woodland garden is a peaceful haven giving enjoyment and interest for decades and can be a surprisingly inexpensive project.

    Over the years we have created many woodland gardens, including the nine acre arboretum surrounding our nursery (an RHS recommended garden and open to the public if you would like to visit it).

    We are able to give expert advice on planting your own woodland area, from turning a small garden into a tree filled glade to planting up much larger areas for a striking woodland garden many acres in size.

    If you would like our assistance, we can visit your garden or grounds to advise on preparing the site and recommend trees and shrubs which will suit your particular area and grow well. We can then even deliver and stand the trees out for you in the final position, to create the display.

    Prices for this service vary depending upon the size of the project and if you are interested, telephone our office on (01530) 413700 and ask to speak to Robert (the owner) for further information.

    A detailed article about Bluebell Nursery creating new arboreta by Robin Lane Fox was featured in the Financial Times in 2005. Please click on the following link to read this:

    Extract from the Financial Times: 'Get a nursery education'

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