A beautiful area of natural peace and tranquillity
at Newent Arboretum
Located on the southern outskirts of Newent, not far from the centre of the town along Watery Lane, the Millennium Arboretum is one of the area’s newest attractions.
Offering a tranquil environment to take a picnic, for children to play, or to enjoy walking the dog, the 9 acre site is proving to be a popular place to get away from it all. You can lose yourself for hours amongst the wide variety of maturing trees, taking in the peace and quiet of the countryside.
Owned by and maintained by Newent Town Council the Millennium Arboretum was created in April 2000 as part of the national Millennium celebrations. Over 5000 trees and shrubs were planted while local residents sponsored the installation of 25 benches and additional feature trees.
Future projects will include improvements to the hedgerows, addition of more bird boxes and the fitting of more litter bins. There is an on-going daffodil planting scheme and special flowers and shrubs are being planted at the butterfly glade to encourage their population. Likely species of butterflies to be seen are listed opposite. A pond has been proposed for the future to encourage wild fowl and insects. There are many benches around the Arboretum making this an ideal place for a family picnic.
Trees growing in the Arboretum include alders, oak, beech, sycamore, cherry, common limes, field maple, horse chestnut and ash. Hazel shrubs, buddleia, and dogwood have also been planted. The arboretum species are planted within the canopy of native woodland broad leaf trees and conifers. They include scots pine and yew, typical species for the Forest of Dean area.
The Arboretum is home to many wild birds such as nuthatch, great spotted woodpeckers, tree creepers and a colony of little owls, as well as more common species such as blackbirds, song thrush and robins. Winter visitors also include siskins and finches. Nest boxes for birds have been attached to some trees and there is a good population of blue, great and coal tits using them. The taller trees in the hedgerows offer a safe nesting habitat for rooks and crows, plus visiting birds of prey including sparrowhawks, kestrels and buzzards. The arboretum is also a feeding area for bats, which include the common, soprano pipistrelle, noctule and brown, long-eared varieties.
Grey squirrels, rabbits, field mice, voles and badgers populate the area, however all are shy and some come out only during the hours of darkness.
Please note there are no toilet facilities at the Arboretum.
The nearest public toilets are at the Newent Lake car park. Please ensure that all rubbish is disposed in the litter bins provided.
Dog owners are requested to use the waste bags provided.