Love trees? Whether you’re keen to learn the difference between a Hornbeam and a Beech, or simply wander amongst the trees, Broad Arboretum is a wonderful place to visit. A meandering path takes you through this living library which has every tree and shrub species native to Oxfordshire – 49 species in total!
What to see
The trees, shrubs and hedgerows of the arboretum are a haven for wildlife. Look out for Yellowhammer and Fieldfare, and listen for the call of the Corn Bunting (which sounds like chinking keys). The best time of year to visit is autumn when the arboretum comes alive with a burst of bold colour. But the tranquility and calm of this quiet retreat can be enjoyed all year round.
The arboretum was named after Ken Broad, the first Oxfordshire Woodland Project Manager of the Oxfordshire Woodland Group (OWG). The OWG worked in partnership with the Earth Trust to design and plant this collection of trees. Planting began in 1998 and in 2008 the arboretum was formally opened by Ken’s widow and daughter. Now that the trees are well established and matured, a visit to Broad Arboretum is a must for tree lovers.
Broad Arboretum is home to every tree species native to Oxfordshire, along with recent introductions such as walnut, sycamore and chestnut. With all the species clearly labelled, it’s a great place to learn your leaves!
Managing the arboretum, to keep the trees healthy and visitors safe, includes a routine of seasonal coppicing and hedge laying. This is carried out by our Land Management team and their helpful volunteers.
Parking: Nearest car park is at the Earth Trust Centre (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm), also accessible via footpaths from Neptune Wood car park (always open)
Opening Times: Always open
Dog Walking: Dogs allowed when on the lead
Toilets: Nearest toilets are at the Earth Trust Centre