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Queenswood Country Park, Leominster

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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 vehicle was parked >1h. and one old men give me parking charge notice because we late to comeback 10min. , And parking area is bad displayed for parking conditions... I think for first time should...  more »
  • We walked the gruffalo trail which was okay but had to pay for packs and when there is a group of you 12 and you have to pay to park the minibus made a cheap day out an expensive one. Unruly older chi...  more »
  • Queenswood is a lovely and green space, but revenue for the park is doubtful when it involves capturing butterflies and moths in nets for the inspection of children. This can damage the fine structure...  more »
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  • Nice to eat in beautiful surroundings !! Lovely restaurant to have a quiet meal with friendly faces and excellent service. The food tastes fresh and very tasty!! This was my second visit and will bring along the family next time. Many Thanks to the staff.
  • Lovely walks for the whole family, pushchair friendly with several walks to choose from. The car park is now pay and display so bring some change. There is also a cute little cafe. Would also recommend visiting in the spring or autumn.
  • Parking does cost, and is enforced. Plenty of options for circular walks, with a surprising view point offering a view I wasn't expecting. No big hills and push chair friendly
  • Nice walks for the kids and dogs. Cafe and toilets onsite. Pay for parking.
  • My kids really enjoyed playing in the woods, we spent a whole day here. Lovely park & nice little shop.

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