Spring is a beautiful time to visit the arboretum at West Lodge Park

As the weather warms up and the flowers start to bloom, the grounds become a haven for nature lovers and those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

Located in Hertfordshire, just a short drive from London, West Lodge Park is a hidden gem that’s often overlooked by those who are looking for a quiet and peaceful retreat.

Established by Edward Beale in 1963 with help from Frank Knight, Director of RHS Wisley and Derek Honour, Trees Consultant for the GLC, the arboretum at West Lodge Park has a stunning collection of trees and shrubs that have been carefully curated over the years, with national collections of Hornbeams (Carpinus betulus cv) and Swamp Cypress (Taxodium distichum) as well as over 800 species of trees from around the world, each with its own unique character and beauty.

It’s a wonderful place to take a stroll and enjoy the beauty of nature, with plenty of areas where you can relax and soak up the surroundings.

In addition to its natural beauty, the arboretum at West Lodge Park is also a great place to get some exercise. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll or a brisk walk, the park has plenty of trails and paths that are suitable for all fitness levels.  

Overall, the arboretum at West Lodge Park is a wonderful place to visit in spring. Whether you’re looking for a quiet retreat or a relaxed afternoon in the sunshine, the park has something for everyone. So why not take advantage of the free parking, book lunch at the hotel, then spend a few hours exploring this beautiful park? You won’t be disappointed!

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