The University of Oxford Harcourt Arboretum, Oxford

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Harcourt Arboretum is an arboretum owned and run by the University of Oxford. It is a satellite of the university's botanic garden in the city of Oxford, England. The arboretum itself is located six miles (10 km) south of Oxford on the A4074 road, near the village of Nuneham Courtenay in Oxfordshire, and comprises some 150acre.
The arboretum forms an integral part of the tree and plant collection of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. It occupies part of what were the grounds of Nuneham House, about 1.5mi from the house itself. It was designed to form an impressive entrance to the landscaped grounds of the house.
William Sawrey Gilpin (1762–1843), the artist and later landscape designer, laid out the pinetum, which forms the core of the arboretum. The trees are now mature, with giant redwoods and monkey-puzzle trees.
The grounds include a 10acre typical English woodland and a 37acre summer flowering meadow. In late spring, the azaleas and rhododendrons are especially impressive. There are carpets of bluebells in the woods too. In the autumn, the leaf colours are brilliant, including Japanese maples. Peacocks roam the grounds, as they have since the establishment of the arboretum. In recent years, paths have been improved for accessibility.
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  • Not your usual, formal arboretum, but a lovely combination of sunny wildflower meadows, full of butterflies, and shady woodland. On a sunny Saturday there were enough people to stop it feeling lonely....  more »
  • An amazing park and outdoor selection of trees, some of the trees here are supposed to be extinct, you can learn a lot about trees and there origins here, make sure you have your comfy footwear its...  more »

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