Lovell Arboretum at The Quinta

The Lovell Arboretum at The Quinta in Swettenham was the brainchild of Sir Bernard Lovell, created by him in the mid 1950’s after he purchased the property as his family home in 1948.

Development of the Arboretum took place over a number of years with land being acquired to extend the site. Sir Bernard’s aim was to collect one example of every tree and shrub listed in the then 5 volumes of  ‘Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles’ by W.J Bean that would grow and flourish in Cheshire.

During the development, a lake was excavated and lined with ‘puddled clay’ to form an significant landscape feature. Part of the design also included avenues and groves to enhance the layout. During the establishment, plants were presented, donated and sourced from a wide range of of places, a number being used as features to mark major events in Sir Bernard’s life. His greatest known work, of course, the mighty Lovell Telescope, here at Jodrell Bank, can be glimpsed from the arboretum through the trees which he planted.

In 1996, the site passed into the hands of the Cheshire Wildlife Trust and in late 2003 they transferred it to Tatton Garden Society who now own the Arboretum.

Today, the Lovell Arboretum at the Quinta is home to a colourful range of plants including snowdrops, crocus and daffodils in the Spring. Trees and shrubs add their seasonal attractions from early flowers to berries and autumn colour.

The site is currently open to the public, from 9 am to sunset. Entry is by the outside eating area of the Swettenham Arms and visitors may use the large pub car park. There is a charge of £2.50 to enter which can be paid into the honesty box You can find out more about the Lovell Quinta Arboretum, including information about visiting, here.

You can also listen to Sir Bernard Lovell talking about his arboretum at The Quinta and his love of trees in his oral history interview on Web of Stories below: