Barnwood Park and Arboretum


Welcome to the website of the

Friends of Barnwood Park and Arboretum

Barnwood Arboretum is a Local Nature Reserve accessed via a footbridge in the middle of Barnwood Park. It has restricted opening hours. The Arboretum is open currently from approximately 9.00 am to 3.45 pm.

Even if the gate is open please leave by 3.45 pm or you may be locked in. To be let out you will need to phone

Glevum Security on 0870 413 5330

The Park and Balancing Pond remain open 24 hours a day.

Saturday 29th January at 10am - RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch

Join us to help find out what birds are in the Park & Arboretum

Meet:- In the middle of the Park by the bridge into the Arboretum

Bring:- Binoculars (if you have any) and a pen or join a group with someone more experienced. Maybe some boots/wellingtons too!

Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult

For recent news...... see Events/News Page

Barnwood Park & Arboretum belong to Gloucester City Council (01452 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 the Gloucester City Council to develop and maintain the site and organise events to bring people closer to nature. 

Please note that there are no public toilets on site. 

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: cityevents@gloucester.gov.uk

The Park and Arboretum have received the Green Flag Award for a number of years now and 2021 was no exception. A big thank you to everyone who has helped to achieve this award.

In 2016 & 2017 we were very proud to be declared a winner of the Bees Needs Award. This was a new award that was presented to Green Flag Award or Green Flag Community Award winning parks and green spaces that had made improvements to encourage pollinators.

Pond in the Arboretum

The Friends of Barnwood Arboretum created a wildlife pond thanks to grants from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust Company and Gloucester City Council. The pond has been maturing and a large quantity of frog spawn can be seen now each Spring. In the Summer many dragonflies and damselflies can be seen flying over the water and this year a pair of moorhens nested . 

Ducks on Wotton Brook

Snowdrops are appearing in the Park and Arboretum. An early sign that Spring is on its way.

We are on Church Lane Barnwood Gloucester GL4 3JB

Location Plan

Dogs are allowed on the whole of the site but in the Arboretum they must be kept on a lead at all times. This is because the Arboretum is a Local Nature Reserve. 

Joining the Friends

If you would like to join the Friends of Barnwood Arboretum please send your name, email address, home address and telephone number to gl4arboretum@aol.com

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.

One of the Specimen Trees

The Dawn Redwood tree, in the Arboretum, can be seen in its magnificence now that the surrounding bramble has been cleared away by the Friends. It is a deciduous conifer from China and on the endangered list. It was planted in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of the Queen.

Looking towards Church Lane

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