Gardens & Grounds

The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre Gardens are a great family-friendly space, perfect for a picnic, a gentle walk or, even for burning off some energy.

We’re part of the BBC Gardeners’ World Scheme which means that members can access 2 tickets for the price of 1  -remember to bring your card along with you.

The site is about 35 acres and there are fully accessible pathways which connect the Galaxy Garden, Space Playground and parts of the arboretum (tree collection).

Altogether there are an impressive 3000 trees and shrubs on the site. These form the Lovell Tree Collection which was started by Sir Bernard Lovell in 1972 and opened to the public in 1976. Trees, seeds and plants were gifted to Sir Bernard on many of his visits to observatories, universities and space projects around the world.

We also hold two National Collections here – Sorbus (Rowan and Whitebeam) and Malus (Ornamental Crab Apple), which have wonderful displays of blossom in the spring, followed by a diverse range of berries, fruits and vivid colour in the autumn.

And dont’ miss the Galaxy Garden, a beautiful addition planted to the design of TV gardener Chris Beardshaw, who worked in collaboration with Jodrell Bank astronomer Professor Tim O’Brien.

There are year-round events taking place in the gardens including a monthly volunteering scheme and you can find out what’s on here.

Borrow one of our backpacks to explore the grounds via the Planet Path, suitable for children aged between four and ten years for a journey of fun, educational challenges. Or  follow the Telescope Pathway around the base of the Lovell telescope. Information boards along the way tell the story of the construction of the Lovell telescope and provide information about some of the objects it observes.

Garden closing times, 2017/18

6 November 2017 – 26 November 2017 Gardens close at 4:30pm
27 November 2017 –  21 January 2018 Gardens close at 3:30pm
22 January 2018 – 25 February 2018 Gardens close at 4:30pm
26 February 2018 – 28 October 2018 Gardens close at 5pm