The wonder of Trees

Trees. Its easy to only look at and think about trees in the Autumn when there’s Autumn colour but trees are fantastic in Spring as well. The flower power of a whole tree in flower! So my first place to visit is predictable because its an Arboretum – Batsford Arboretum. The magnolia trees are in flower at the moment, cherry trees and lots of daffodils .

Walking is another way to appreciate trees. Some fabulous trees are out there alongside walking routes whether it is a glorious oak, a humble may tree, or even just a tree stump giving fascinating shapes. There are numerous walking routes from Broadway itself and at Apple Tree Bed and Breakfast we have walking books and route maps to lend out to guests.

Some Cotswolds villages are overlooked when they deserve more attention and there are some beautiful villages which are more peaceful and make for a quiet afternoon. One of those villages is Naunton and it has some fabulous trees too!

I love trees; I don’t always know what tree they are but they’re wonderful and create a fabulous silhouette. Broadway has a lovely wide high street which means we have some wonderful trees; chestnuts mostly and on Station Road (where Apple Tree B&B is) we have flowering cherries. When the cherries come into flower all down the road, it makes a wonderful spectacle. Come see for yourself.

I know I mention Hidcote Gardens quite often but I love the place. And its not just plants and flowers, they have trees as well. There is a magnificent cedar but other trees are worthy of attention too. This photo is a tree near the greenhouses with fantastic bark. So when you are walking around the garden, appreciate the trees as well as everything else.

To see trees growing in a garden landscape, maybe you want to see if its suitable for your own garden, Pershore College is the place to go. Pershore College is an RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) College and visitors can walk around the grounds. On our last visit, we found some of the less seen fruit trees such as medlars, mulberry, etc, as well as trees like magnolias.

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Broadway, Cotswolds
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Batsford Arboretum – not just trees

Batsford Arboretum - Hellebores
Batsford Arboretum – Hellebores

Thought it was about time we visited Batsford Arboretum. An arboretum is all about the trees; it is a little early for the trees to look at their best but when the trees are leafless, you can see the beautiful silhouette of the trees and there is the promise of lots to come with buds fattening up.

Even in the car park, there was a hint of what was to come with a selection of dogwoods with their different coloured stems and just inside the entrance there was a beautiful border full of snowdrops, hellebores and other Spring flowering plants.

Batsford Church
Batsford Church

The route around the Arboretum starts with a good path, with interesting diversions. The first diversion we took headed off through the woods to a small waterfall you can walk under. The track rejoined the main path which takes you past the mansion house. The house isn’t open to the public but makes a good focal point for the gardens. In the field at the back of the mansion we saw a herd of deer. We then headed towards the church; there is a small village which presumably housed the estate workers and a typically quaint church.

The remains of the old ice house are still present and it is slowly turning itself into a fernery.

Batsford Arboretum - Deer
Batsford Arboretum – Deer

Heading up the Arboretum, there is a japanese style house which contains a history of the site and the Japanese connection. There is a collection of japanese plants in this area including quite a few bamboos and acers.

There is a little stream running down the hill which should look delightful later in the year.  There are a number of statues around the site including Daphne (the greek nymph associated with streams), Buddha, a dragon and deer.

Visiting so early in the year, the magnolias and other flowering trees will have to wait for another visit, but the hellebores were abundant together with other

Batsford Arboretum - Hellebores and Cyclamen
Batsford Arboretum – Hellebores and Cyclamen

spring flowers such as cyclamen, snowdrops and daffodils.

Batsford Arboretum is about 9 miles from Apple Tree House so makes only a short journey away. The Cotswold Falconry Centre is on the same site so you could visit that as well for something completely different.

Further information about Apple Tree Bed and Breakfast and details on availability can be found at www.appletreebroadway.co.uk