Barnwood Arboretum & Park

Welcome to website of the Friends of Barnwood Park and Arboretum

NB During the current Covid 19 restrictions Barnwood Arboretum (the Local Nature Reserve over the footbridge in the middle of Barnwood Park) has restricted opening hours. When staff are available it will be open from 9am to 2pm, but this will not necessarily be every day, and currently not at weekends. However, the remainder of Barnwood Park and Barnwood Balancing Pond are open 24 hours a day.

Barnwood Arboretum is a Local Nature Reserve within Barnwood Park and belongs to Gloucester City Council (tel. Gloucester 396396). Entry is free.The park and arboretum have many mature trees and in the arboretum the unimproved grassland provides habitat for birds, insects and small mammals. The arboretum is grazed by Dexter cattle in late summer and sheep in the autumn/winter.


The Friends of Barnwood Arboretum work with Gloucester City Council to develop and maintain the site and organise events to bring people closer to nature. 

If you want to hold an event in Barnwood Park you will need to obtain permission from Gloucester City Council. Before planning your event please email:


 Have a look at our Events/News page

The Friends of Barnwood Arboretum created a wildlife pond  thanks to grants from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust Company and Gloucester City Council.

The Arboretum & Park are situated on Church Lane, Barnwood, Gloucester. GL4 3JB

 The Arboretum closes at 4.30pm October to March and 7pm April to September. The Park and Balancing Pond are open 24/7. Dogs are allowed on the whole site but must be kept on a lead at all times in the Arboretum (Local Nature Reserve).

Barnwood Arboretum location plan 

           Kingfisher by the brook.

 If you would like to join the Friends of Barnwood Arboretum please send your name, email address, home address and telephone number to

We are a friendly group of volunteers who enjoy spending time in Barnwood Park and Arboretum.

No previous experience of conservation work, gardening or knowledge of wildlife is necessary, because we work closely with Gloucester City Council officers.  As members of the Friends group we are learning all the time from those around us. 

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