So, thanks to Groupon, I have discovered a little (well quite big) gem, only 30 mins from my house- the Yorkshire Arboretum. It’s basically at Castle Howard for anyone semi local. It’s absolutely beautiful.
We took Elvis but could not explore all of it due to his gammy leg as it is a huge 120 acres!
The trees in the Yorkshire Arboretum come from all around the world, and started with a collection of trees purchased in 1979 from Hillier Nurseries, in Hampshire.
Many trees were grown from seeds brought back by collectors, many from the 19th century. I like the fact that there is a map and they are all labelled.
Lots of the trees are ‘reserve’ trees for Kew Gardens, in case rare trees there are damaged or affected by disease.
I also enjoyed some of the lovely flowers….
And I can highly recommend the cafe as well. It’s all dog-friendly (have to be on leads in places) and basically smashing. We will be going again soon!