We were delighted to learn that our friends and neighbours at the Tatton Garden Society, who own and run the Lovell Quinta Arboretum next to the Swettenham Arms, have had all their hard work recognised by being awarded a prestigious international qualification.
Originally set up by Sir Bernard Lovell (of Jodrell Bank fame) when he bought the land in 1948, the Arboretum is now home to around 2,500 trees and shrubs, some of them rare. It’s also home to numerous species of butterflies, birds, bees and other wildlife.
Chairman of the Tatton Garden Society David Skidmore says, “We are delighted that the Lovell Quinta Arboretum has been accredited as a Level 3 Arboretum by ArbNet, the international organisation for arboreta, and by the Morton Register of Arboreta which is based in the USA. The Morton register currently lists many arboreta from around the world, including 72 in the United Kingdom. Accreditation for some of the arboreta comes when they complete an assessment document that is examined then by ArbNet’s Committee.
“The accreditation is awarded on several levels with level 4 being the highest. Some of the mostly highly accredited UK arboretum including the University of Oxford Harcourt Arboretum and Westonbirt National Arboretum (both level 4), the Lovell Quinta Arboretum (level 3), and Winkworth Arboretum (level 2). We are delighted to be in such good company.
“Other level 3 arboreta internationally include Honolulu Botanic Gardens, the National Botanic Garden of Georgia, the University of Guelph Arboretum, and the University of Idaho Arboretum.”
The Arboretum is accessible through the beer garden at the side of the pub. There’s an entry fee of £2.50, which goes towards upkeep, and dogs are welcome on a lead. It’s a beautiful place to spend an hour wandering down the grassy paths and down to the river, and you’re welcome to use the pub car park if you call in and see us for a drink or sandwich afterwards.