Thorp Perrow Arboretum
Thorp Perrow Arboretum
An 85-acre arboretum, the creation of Colonel Sir Leonard Ropner. Thorp Perrow features rare trees and shrubs, and a pinetum, based around a stand of 16th century woodlands.
History
Thorp Perrow is probably unique in Britain in being the creation of just one person. Colonel Sir Leonard Ropner (1895 - 1977) established the garden, and it is still run by the Ropner family. The result is one of the best private collections of trees and shrubs in Britain, and some of the largest and most unusual species in the country.

The oldest part of the gardens is the 16th century Spring Wood. Another historic feature is the 19th century Milbank Pinetum, established by Lady Augusta Milbank. There are nature trails through the grounds, with a special children's trail, and a Tree Trail taking in some of the rarest and largest trees.

The gardens are designed in separate sections linked by grass walks, paths, avenues, or bays. Over 60 of the trees at Thorp Perrow have been designated as 'champions', the largest and most impressive of their species. The arboretum also holds 5 national collections, including varieties of walnuts, ash, limes, and laburnum.

Thorp Perrow has an especially good display of daffodils in the springtime.

For families there is a popular Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre, with a wealth of information and interaction with animals ranging from falcons to wallabies!