Surrey

Winkworth Arboretum

Created in the early 20th century, Winkworth Arboretum is home to a collection of over 1,000 different species of trees and shrubs. Dog friendly, this beautiful spot is lovely whatever time of year, from the magnolia, bluebells and azaleas in spring to the vibrant blazes of colour in autumn.

Winkworth began life when Dr Fox, a dermatologist and a passionate horticulturalist bought 150 acres of land back in 1937. What was originally scrub woodland was lovingly planted with maples, oaks and liquidambars before the Second World War interrupted things and Dr Fox, aged 67, went to war to drive ambulances.

On his return, he got back to work but with only one employee, he enrolled family and friends to help him plant the vast collection of trees from cherries and maples to azaleas, rowans and whitebeams. Over the following decades he developed and cultivated the arboretum until his death in 1962 when care was taken over by the National Trust and local councils. The National Trust fully took over in 1988.

Today, Winkworth is much loved and a national treasure. The varied collection of trees and shrubs means it’s perfect to visit whatever time of year. In spring, the vibrant display of bluebells, magnolia and azaleas are just joyfully beautiful, whilst during the summer it is the perfect setting for picnics and also hosts open air theatre productions. In autumn, the foliage blazes with stunning colour whilst winter is dramatic – a winter frosted wonderland.

Winkworth welcomes dogs on leads, and also has a tearoom – perfect for a pick-me-up after your walk.

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