The University of Oxford Harcourt Arboretum, Oxford

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Harcourt Arboretum is an arboretum owned and run by the University of Oxford. It is a satellite of the university's botanic garden in the city of Oxford, England. The arboretum itself is located six miles (10 km) south of Oxford on the A4074 road, near the village of Nuneham Courtenay in Oxfordshire, and comprises some 150acre.
The arboretum forms an integral part of the tree and plant collection of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. It occupies part of what were the grounds of Nuneham House, about 1.5mi from the house itself. It was designed to form an impressive entrance to the landscaped grounds of the house.
William Sawrey Gilpin (1762–1843), the artist and later landscape designer, laid out the pinetum, which forms the core of the arboretum. The trees are now mature, with giant redwoods and monkey-puzzle trees.
The grounds include a 10acre typical English woodland and a 37acre summer flowering meadow. In late spring, the azaleas and rhododendrons are especially impressive. There are carpets of bluebells in the woods too. In the autumn, the leaf colours are brilliant, including Japanese maples. Peacocks roam the grounds, as they have since the establishment of the arboretum. In recent years, paths have been improved for accessibility.
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  • A very pleasant walk around the woodland area and meadows with the better half, some interesting things to see and very well kept.... the downside probably the cost £6pp for a couple of hours walk rou...  more »
  • Do you really need to pay to go to a woodland? Go to a public park instead, you won't miss a thing. All they have here that might be a bit unusual is a few redwoods and a monkey tree with a name tag. ...  more »
  • Well we visited this Arboretum before about 5 years ago, how has it changed? there are loos now, there are well signed paths to take you around the gardens so as not to miss any of the beautiful rhodo...  more »
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