Winkworth Arboretum

In Spring, the woods at Winkworth Arboretum, near Godalming in Surrey come alive. They are filled with the scent of bluebells and flowering of magnolias, azaleas, rhododendrons and cherry blossom.

Stunning Autumn colours from the vast collection of maples and other ‘exotics’.

And as Winter ends, enjoy the snowdrops blanketing the woodland floor.

Dr Wilfred Fox bequeathed the Arboretum to the National Trust in 1952, since when the Trust has built up a collection of over 1000 different species of trees and shrubs.

There are over 80 different Japanese maples at Winkworth Arboretum including acer rubrum and acer saccharum. Dr Fox explained, ‘a mistake which is commonly made in landscape planting is making the groups too small.’

Also look out for several unusual species including Cercidphyllum japonica, Halesia monticola and Nothofagus obliqua. Fox wrote: ‘if one plants “exotics” (sometimes a term of opprobrium) sufficiently boldly, they can, in a very short time, become part of our English scenery.’

There are also free guided walks through the woods – check the website for details.

National Trust members visit for free.




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Address: Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD View map Phone: 01483 208477 Length of visit: 3-4 hours
Dog friendly: Yes
Cafe: Yes
Car park: Yes
House open: No
House open - occasionally: No
Family friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Wheelchair - partly: Yes

For information on opening times and to buy tickets: Click here

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