The Cyril Hart Arboretum

If you are planning to visit the forest of Dean and explore the best of nature; one of the interesting and beautiful places to see is “The Cyril Hart Arboretum”. The area is a fenced botanical garden consisting of 200 different species of trees making it a perfect retreat for nature enthusiasts. The Arboretum was initiated in 1915 by the collections of Ernest Wilson that he brought from China. Later on, it was developed by adding different species of trees from all around the world. Various factors make the Cyril Hart Arboretum a place worth visiting while exploring the forest of Dean:

Diversity of nature

The Arboretum is filled with spectacular trees that you can’t see anywhere else. Wander around and explore the diversity of nature by examining a unique tree at every step. No matter which season you are planning to visit, the scenic beauty is always there but to witness autumn and spring is worth watching. To see different types of trees, falling leaves or blooming in their own manner will be a different kind of treat for nature lovers. The trees are also labelled for the people who want to know what they are looking at. 

Walking trail

Forest bathing in The Cyril Hart Arboretum
Photo courtesy of Visit Dean Wye

The Arboretum can be explored by both surfaced and unsurfaced easy trails making it accessible for everyone. These walking trails will take you into the forest and will pass through streams and ponds among the birds and squirrels for a closer look into nature.

Dog friendly

 The Cyril Hart Arboretum is pet friendly
Photo courtesy of Forestry England

The walking trails are fenced and secure, making it a safer option to take your dog along with you for a stroll. There are limited options in the forest where you can leave your dog while being carefree, and this is one of them. It’s also a free tourist attraction which makes it popular among dog walkers.

Perfect for Pictures

Trees in Cyril Hart Arboretum
Photo courtesy of Visit Dean Wye

The variety of trees provide a diverse natural background and ambience. This diversity and its ease of access make it a perfect place for photographers or hobbyists to take some creative pictures. Just take a walk around the trail and stop whenever you see a tree making a perfect background for your pictures.  

This amazing place is in the centre of the Forest of Dean so whenever you plan to visit we recommend you to explore this place for a different experience. If you book our Danby Lodge during your visit to the forest, then this Arboretum and all other famous tourist attractions are just minutes away. Just take a walk or cycle to easily explore different places in the Forest of Dean.