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Queenswood Country Park, Leominster

(4.3/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
Queenswood Country Park is the only designated country park in the county of Herefordshire. A local tourist attraction located on Dinmore Hill, Herefordshire, it includes an arboretum (a 47 acre tree collection with over 1,200 rare and exotic trees from all over the world) and 123 acres of semi-natural ancient woodland which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Local Nature Reserve (LNR). The site is managed by a partnership between Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and New Leaf.HistoryQueenswood is a fragment of the vast ancient oak wood that once stretched to the Welsh borders and beyond. It was held by the crown on and off throughout the ages and only changed its name from 'Kings Wood' to 'Queenswood' in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. During the 17th century Queenswood became part of the Hampton Court Estate, which still borders the country park on the opposite side of the main road. During the First World War the woods were clear-felled to provide timber for the war effort.ArboretumThe planting of the arboretum at Queenswood began in 1953 to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It was funded by an ongoing public appeal - 'The Queenswood Coronation Fund' - launched by Sir Richard Cotterell who was then chairman of the Queenswood Management Committee and Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire.Numerous donations from the people of Herefordshire allowed Sir Richard to realise part of his vision for the site and purchase many of the rare and beautiful trees that can still be enjoyed today.The work of the Queenswood Coronation Fund received international recognition in 1981 when the arboretum received the prestigious Dendrology Award from the International Dendrology Society in recognition of the quality of the collection of trees.The Queenswood Coronation Fund is a perpetual fund and is now a registered charity (No. 518624) which continues to receive many donations from those who have visited and enjoyed the country park and arboretum.
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  • The playground and grounds are lovely. Great Gruffalo trail. Really let down with the unhealthy food choice in the cafe. Nearly everything came with chips that were fried. They also don't accept cards...  more »
  • My fiancé & I stopped here for a picnic en route to Malvern. There is a cafe, shop and toilets on the site, as well as lovely walks & picnic benches. The only problem is that it can be hard to find a ...  more »
  • Queenswood is a beautiful place full of interesting trees and wildlife. There is a cafe serving the usual cafe fare and standard walks around the park. However, the arboretum is outstanding and if you...  more »
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  • Fabulous place, lovely walks even for those with restricted mobility. We took my mother and she managed to walk to the lookout point (fantastic view) with her wheeled walker. Stunning in Autumn with the beautiful acers. Lost one star because of the recent car park charges, used to be free.
  • Excellent place to walk, especially if you have a dog, very family friendly, picnic benches, play park and of course very scenic walking. Don't forget the parking is on a meter though.
  • As much as I love Queens Wood and have done so since I was a small child I can not help but be saddened by their choice of a car park management scheme. I've now just had to pay a £45 fine as my appeal was automatically rejected. I was told I was parked in the way and not in a bay but the parking attend told me that I was fine and there was no bays to park in anyway, seems like they just wanted my £45. We will no longer be coming to Queens Wood
  • Would have given 5 stars but have to pay for parking despite the woods being in the middle of nowhere. Also parking is not cheap.
  • I had to pay a £45 fine because my ticket wasn't properly displayed in August. I was visiting with 2 children and a puppy as part of a larger group. We all ate in the cafe and spent the day. But this really soured my experience- why are the fines so expensive !! More than other herefordshire carparks..it's just wrong and has really put me off returning. Shame on Queenswood !!