The Lovell Quinta Arboretum
The Lovell Quinta Arboretum is located in Swettenham Village near the town of Congleton and has superb views across the Dane Valley.
The 28 acre arboretum contains over 5,000 trees of some 2,000 species.
The arboretum was created in the 1960's by Professor Sir Bernard Lovell, FRS, the originator of the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope.
Sir Bernard created the arboretum from open grassland after he purchased the property in 1948. In 1996 it passed into the hands of the Cheshire Wildlife Trust who transferred it to the Tatton Garden Society in the autumn of 2003.
The arboretum contains National collections of ash and pine, many rare trees and flowering shrubs, a collection of endangered conifers, a bluebell bank, wild wood (owned by Cheshire Wildlife Trust), a lake, over 100 hebes and recent plantings of camellia and rhododendron and many autumn flowering shrubs.
The arboretum is open to the public every day, except Christmas Day, from 9 am to sunset. Entry is by the outside eating area of the Swettenham Arms and visitors may use the large pub car park.
The Lovell Quinta Arboretum can be accessed from junction 18 of the M6 motorway.