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An unfinished masterpiece

Established in the 20th century, this hillside arboretum has now been maintained by the National Trust for 60 years and has built up a collection of more than 1,000 different shrubs and trees, many of them rare.

Visit any time of year for a delightful stroll through the personal plant collection of one man, who was passionate about shrubs and trees. The Collection and setting are too unique to ever disappoint.

The most impressive displays are in spring, with magnolias, bluebells and azaleas, and autumn, when the colour of the foliage is stunning.

In the summer it is an ideal place for family days out and picnics.

Coming up

  •  © NTPL/NT/Arnhel de Serra

    Summer trail

    Wed 22 Jul - Sun 30 Aug

    50p per child.

  • Find the perfect picnic location for you and your family © NTPL/H Trebble

    Teddy bears' picnic

    Mons 10-24 Aug, 1.30pm

    £3 for storytelling.

  • Come and take part in a relaxing walk at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex © NTPL/Gareth Wiltshire

    Wednesday walk

    Wed 5 Aug, 2.30pm

    Meet at the kiosk. Free.

  • Come and take part in a relaxing walk at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex © NTPL/Benrice Williamson

    Art in the arboretum

    Sun 23 Aug, 11am-4pm

    Meet artist Michael Walsh.

Winkworth through the seasons

Whatever the season, our award-winning collection of trees and shrubs provides a constantly changing display of stunning colour.

We've put together this video to give you an idea of the fantastic views you can experience here around the arboretum.

Things to see and do

Wild Winkworth blog

Want to make the most of your next trip?

Read our gardener Matt's blog for regular updates on all the latest wildlife and things to look out for when you visit the National Trust's only arboretum.

Get the garden app

Make the most of your visit by downloading our free National Trust Gardens app (for Apple devices only).

Use the interactive map to find our notable plants and points of interest.

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