If you love trees, flowers, and the delights of nature, you will want to make some time during your Cotswolds trip to visit Batsford Arboretum. The arboretum is located on 55 acres of richly cultivated land near the town of Batsford near Moreton In Marsh in Gloucestershire. The arboretum was first cultivated by Algernon Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale, who inherited the land in 1886 and was inspired by the gardens he saw while traveling in Asia. Today, the arboretum is maintained by a charity and is open to visitors throughout the year.
What is there to see at Batsford? The diverse collection of trees on site includes acers, bamboos, magnolias, Japanese Maples, Mountain Ash, Japanese Cherries, and much more. You will also see Asian sculptures, bridges, lily ponds, and other lovely features. The layout of the gardens is unique, since the style was inspired by gardens which Freeman-Mitford saw while in China and Japan. Bringing together these Far East styles with traditional English cultivation styles, Freeman-Mitford created a matchless park. The Batsford Arboretum is one of the largest and most beautiful landscaped areas in the Cotswolds. A café is conveniently located on site so that you can take a break and get a bite to eat while exploring the park.