Stone Lane Gardens

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United Kingdom - Devon - Chagford

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BGCI Member: Yes

Betula ermanii at Stone Lane Gardens  - Cedric Pollet
Betula ermanii at Stone Lane Gardens - Cedric Pollet

About the Stone Lane Gardens

An enchanting 5-acre woodland garden on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park in Devon, UK, famous for National Collections of Birch (Betula) trees and Alder (Alnus) trees and the annual ‘Mythic Garden’ sculpture exhibition. The garden was created in 1971 by the late Kenneth Ashburner, and now a charity has been formed to safeguard this unique collection of birch trees and alder trees. Stone Lane Gardens is actively involved in research, education and conservation of birch and alder trees.

Main Address:
Stone Lane Gardens
Stone Farm
Devon TQ13 8JU United Kingdom

Telephone: 01647 231311
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Tim Imrie
    Curator's Name: Paul Bartlett
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Paul Bartlett
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 1
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: Yes
  • Date founded: 1971
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 6 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 2 Hectares
  • Total Area: 8 Hectares
    Latitude: 50.703865
    Longitude: -3.829861
    Annual Rainfall: 1400 mm
    Altitude: 220.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Stone Lane Gardens
  • Local Address: Stone Farm Chagford TQ13 8JU
  • Locality: City: Chagford
  • Locality: State: Devon

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 8
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: No
  • Number of Visitors: 3000
    Number of Volunteers: 11

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:National Collections of wild origin Betula and Alnus since 1995
    Achieved Scinetific status for our Betula collection in 2015.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: No
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: Yes
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: No
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: No
    Education Programme: Yes