The Yorkshire Arboretum

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United Kingdom - Yorkshire - York

Institution Code: BG5736

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

About the The Yorkshire Arboretum

The Yorkshire Arboretum is a glorious, 120 acre garden of trees from around the world set in a stunning landscape of parkland, lakes and ponds on the Castle Howard Estate near York.

The trees in the Yorkshire Arboretum come from temperate regions around the world, including Chile and Australasia as well as the more expected North America, Europe and Asia. Originally planted in open fields, the collection has been winnowed by thirty or more winters; while there have been losses, the survivors demonstrate the vast range of hardy trees that can be expected to survive in North Yorkshire.

The plantings started with a diverse collection of interesting trees purchased in 1979 from Hillier Nurseries, Hampshire, which then offered an extraordinary range of material but was in the process of stream-lining its assortment. This gave the arboretum a core of good plants, many of them now rare in cultivation.

Main Address:
The Yorkshire Arboretum
Castle Howard
Yorkshire YO60 7BY United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 1653-648598
Fax: +44 (0) 1653 648650
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr John Grimshaw
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Nicola Hall - Tree Team & Plant Records Manager
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 4
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
  • Date founded: 1959
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Latitude: 54.12069720149472
    Longitude: -0.9116938710212
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes

Plant Collections

Conservation Programmes

  • Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

Education Programmes