The Cyril Hart Arboretum is named after a local historian and forestry expert.
The collection started in 1910 and now contains 400 trees, 180 of which are "feature" trees.
There is a surfaced trail with level paths through half of the collection, making the arboretum ideal for pushchair and wheelchair users.
What do other visitors say?
2 StarsA , 7/Aug/2016
I went to this place today and it looked gorgeous. Was warned outside it was nice but there were going to be lots of dogs around. I was there with hubby and 2 kids, 7 year old and 3 year old. We still decided to go in as expected most dogs to be on leads and owners that were responsible. My daughter ran on as was rly excited to read about the tree ahead, I noticed a group of people coming along with a rather large dog but it was on a lead so wasn't concerned. The dog came up rly close to my daughter and the irresponsible owner did not move dog away infact it continued to follow her so I tried to make a game of it for her and went on and started running around another tree. Anyways dog owner and group in general started making comments "for goodness sake our dog won't do anything" "we have children" etc... I got rly annoyed, not only had this lady clearly allowed the dog to startle my child but now was being patronising.. Ended up having to have words which almost led to it becoming physical between the men, Im pregnant so was in no position to be involved in anything. I was also surprised there were so many other dogs without leads. We had to leave after 5 minutes, there were too many dogs around and I don't trust dogs enough especially when there is a group of them with children around. I think most non dog walkers would feel uncomfortable. Won't be visiting again and if woman with rather large dog reads this... If you can't control your dog you shouldn't have one!!!! You were a completely strangers and so was your dog, there was no reason we should trust you both. Next time keep your dog to yourself!!!!
Forestry Commission Response
We're sorry to hear that you had a bad experience, we certainly ask people to keep their dogs under control.
5 StarsKatie P, 3/Dec/2015
This place is our lifesaver, where we can walk our dogs without fear of wild boar attacks. I disagree with the person who says the arboretum is marred by dog fouling. I walk there most days and rarely see any mess, whether animal or human litter. 99% of dog walkers carry and use waste bags. It is well-maintained and beautiful and much-loved.
5 StarsR, 24/Oct/2015
I was delighted to find this is a safe haven for dog walkers . There are multiple places non dog lovers can walk throughout the forest if they dislike dogs, but this is one of the few places dogs can run free without danger of contact with boar or disturbing roaming wildlife. I have never witness dog mess and everyone I have seen is respectful of other users, but if you dislike dogs this is not the walk for you!