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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.

Autumn watch

As the leaves change the Arboretum becomes truly stunning

As the leaves change the Arboretum becomes truly stunning

In autumn the Arboretum is arguably at its most spectacular. Dr. Wilfrid Fox planted with trees to "paint a picture", creating an explosion of vibrant colour displays.

To help you plan when to visit and enjoy the best of the displays, we'll be posting regular autumn colour updates on Facebook throughout the season. Just follow our page to stay up to date.

Coming up

  • Fill your boots and get out in the fresh air. © Linda Whiting

    Wednesday walk

    Wed 1 Oct, 2.30pm

    Meet at the kiosk for a guided walk.

  • Fill your boots and get out in the fresh air. © Linda Whiting

    Dawn walk

    Sun 19 Oct, 7am

    Booking essential on 01483 208936.

  • Fungi on tree at Hatfield Forest © Richard Daniel

    Fungi foray

    Sun 19 Oct, 1pm

    Booking essential on 01483 208936.

  • Come and join in our October celebrations! © Christina Surdhar

    Hallowe'en trail

    Sat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov

    Collect your trail from the kiosk. 50p.

Get the garden app

Make the most of your visit by downloading our free, user-friendly National Trust Gardens app (for Apple devices only). Follow the interactive map to see our most notable plants and points of interest.

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.

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