Eastnor Castle – Arboretum
Eastnor, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1RL
Eastnor Castle is a fairytale Georgian castle, dramatically situated in the foothills of the Malverns.
Eastnor Castle is “embowered by vast conifers, plantations which spill out into surrounding hills and fields,” and which include “the most magnificent collection of cedars in the British Isles.” Miles Hadfield, Country Life, 20 June 1968
Eastnor’s Arboretum is surprising for the beauty and exceptional size of the trees, growing as they do in the alkaline soil of the Malvern Hills rather than in the acid soil where most other conifer collections are found.
Most of Eastnor Castle’s exotic trees were planted in the second half of the 19th century, at the height of the Victorian passion for plant collecting. The 2nd and 3rd Earls Somers collected seed on their travels. Many more plants came from botanical expeditions and from specialist nurseries where trees were raised from seed imported from all over the world.