Broad Arboretum has every species native to Oxfordshire along with recent introductions such as walnut, sycamore and chestnut. Wander along its grassy paths before stopping for lunch in the picnic area, keeping an eye out for the collection of carved wooden animals as you go.
Planted in 1998, the Arboretum was named after Ken Broad of the Oxfordshire Woodland Group (OWG). The OWG worked in partnership with the Earth Trust to design and plant this collection of trees. Now that the trees are well established the arboretum is a must for tree lovers.
A living library with every tree and shrub native to Oxfordshire
A meandering path takes you through this living library which has every tree and shrub species native to Oxfordshire and many early introductions as well, 49 species in total!
Beside each group of trees or shrubs you will find a wooden post detailing the common and Latin names. Wood carvings of plants and animals you may be lucky enough to see also adorn the posts. There are 33 in total, how many can you spot?
A wonderful place for a wildlife walk
Whether you’re keen to learn the difference between a hornbeam and a beech tree, want to sit beside the newly established pond or enjoy a picnic in the arboretum’s meadow, Broad Arboretum is a wonderful place for a walk. And why not continue on the path towards Long Wittenham? The path will take you past Paradise Wood, through wildflower meadows and eventually to Neptune Wood on the edge of Long Wittenham.
Alternatively an amble in the other direction will take you to the Earth Trust Centre and the Wittenham Clumps. Stop along the way to admire the thick hedges which are managed through traditional hedge laying (link to hedge laying courses) and with over 20km of hedges, there’s no shortage of work! But it’s well worth it with the hedges providing a home to a host of insects and birds such as the yellow hammer. With its well known call of 'a little bit of bread and no cheese' it can be heard in the hedges along the walk. The surrounding farmland is home to fieldfare and corn bunting, listen for the corn bunting’s song which sounds like the 'chinking' of keys.
- Broad arboretum comes alive in a firework of colours every autumn. The range of trees in such close proximity provides everything from deep red to glowing yellow.
- Spring provides a fabulous collection of native flowers along the traditional English hedge, with hawthorn and blackthorn flourishing.