The changing seasons at Shugborough

Chinese house at Shugborough with visitors walking across the bridge

As you walk around our estate, make sure you stop and look at the wonders of the trees around you to see the colours of autumn.

Take a walk along the river and see the lime, tulip and oak trees turn the autumnal shades of red, orange and yellow, contrasting beautifully with the evergreens that are dotted along the paths.

Be sure to cross over the Blue Bridge into the Arboretum to see oaks from around the world. Start with those from North America and see them turn shades of yellow, orange and purple. Can you spot Derek our gardener’s favourite tree, the Quercus texana, which grows best in the swamps of the Mississippi river? 

Then, travel to Europe and see the English oaks next to Turkey oaks. Can you spot a cork oak that would be used in Portugal to make corks for wine bottles? Finish your journey with the glorious oaks from Asia. As the seasons change, you will be able to see each area turning autumnal.

Did you know that our gardening team have cut special walk ways throughout the Arboretum, meaning you can explore the hidden areas of the garden? Explore the groves of red woods, go behind the boat house and discover what is behind the benches that look out onto the house. Keep your eye out for a special view of Tixall Hall between the trees.

Key trees and spots to look out for

  • The great yew. It’s believed to be the widest tree in the country, with the circumference of 175.5. Though it’s an impressive tree and the red berries look tempting, we recommend not eating them as they can cause upset tummies.
  • The katura tree by the Chinese house. It turns a fiery red during autumn and smells like burnt sugar!
  • Spanish chestnut trees. Round by the formal garden there are Spanish chestnut trees that have a spiralling bark that looks a lot like a lattice tart. 
  • Weeping Silver Lime. in the Lady Walk there is a weeping silver lime tree that has, at 2 metres, a line where an ordinary lime tree has a silver lime tree grafted on. 
  • Can you spot the Nesfield view, which shows the blue bridge peeking through the leaves on the Lady Walk?

While you’re looking at trees, don’t forget to keep your eye out for our monuments. Can you spot them all?

Ruin at Shugborough

Parkland buildings, monuments and follies 

An ornate dairy, a Greek temple, and a Chinese house are just some of the parkland features.