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Notable Tree Collections in Cumbria

Derrick Holdsworth's thorough study of Cumbria's notable trees show the Champions clustering in the well-wooded Furness Fells in the far south, where the Lakeland scenery attracted many Victorian gardens. The coasts are mild, while the Lakes' high rainfall is ideal for many conifers, though as shelter is at a premium there are few very tall trees. The wilder countryside across the north of the county has little old woodland and few big estates.


N.B. (PR) Private Residence. (NGS) National Garden Scheme. (NT) National Trust. (NTS) National Trust Scotland. (EH) English Heritage. (NR) Nature Reserve. (PU) Public Access - (check for opening times).

Balla Wray, High Wray, Ambleside (PR) Nursing Home
Barrow House, Borrowdale, Keswick (PR) Youth Hostel.
Bell Beck, Rusland, Newbybridge (PR)
Brathay Hall Outdoor Centre, Ambleside (PR)
Brockhole (National Park visitor centre), Windermere (PU) Open access. Large late Victorian gardens.
Dalemain Historic House and Garden, Dacre, Penrith (PU) Open most days.
Dallam Park, Milnthorpe (PU) Open access.
Eden Hall, Penrith (PR)
Esthwaite Lodge, Hawkshead (PR) Youth Hostel.
Geltsdale Castle, Castle Carrock (PR)
*Holker Hall, Cark SD359773 (PU) Open most days; pronounced 'Hooker'. The woodland garden contains many rare trees and the National Collection of Styracaceae.
Hopefield House, Lowick, Ulverston (PR)
*Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith (PU) Open most days; one of the few notable gardens north of the Lakes.
Lancrigg Hotel, Easedale, Grasmere (PR) Hotel
Lingholm, Keswick (PR)
Monk Coniston, Coniston. (PR) Some big old conifers.
*Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass (PU) Open daily. Mild coastal garden most noted for its Rhododendrons; many unusual trees.
Romney Gardens, Kendal (PU) Public park.
Rydal Hall, Ambleside (PR) 'The Rydale Chestnut' - one of the largest Sweet Chestnuts.
Rydal Mount, Ambleside (PU) Open daily. William Wordsworth's last home.
Sedgwick House, Kendal (PR)
Stagshaw Garden, Ambleside NY3800299 (NT) Open daily in spring.
Storrsthwaite, Bowness-on-Windermere
Thirlmere, Keswick (PU) Tallest Common Silver Fir (W side of the road under the shelter of High Seat, at NY304171 near the forestry car park), and also one of the largest (follow the signs to the 'Giant Tree').
White Crags, Ambleside (PR)
Winderwath, Penrith (NGS) Check for open days. Late Victorian gardens.
Wray Castle, Low Wray, Ambleside (PU) Gardens open daily.
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