In the Victorian era, an arboretum or Pinetum was regarded as a supreme symbol of wealth and status.
Our Pinetum holds a fine collection of conifers mainly, but not exclusively, from North America. The original trees were planted by Lord and Lady Armstrong around 140 years ago. As their natural lifespan is approximately 300 years, new trees will be planted over the next few decades to prevent gaps in the Pinetum once the original trees reach maturity.
Debdon Burn runs through the Pinetum, and is a peaceful, idyllic walking area. In and around the Pinetum you'll find the Archimedes Screw, the Pump House, the Iron Bridge, and Douglas - the fir tree sculpture. You can also walk to the Formal Garden, Rock Garden, House and Powerhouse from the Pinetum.
UK's tallest Scots pine
It's official, we've got the tallest Scots pine in the UK on our land. At 40m (just over 131ft and the same height as ten double-decker buses stacked one on top of the other); the conifer has been confirmed as the largest of its kind by officials from the Tree Register.