Hergest Croft Gardens

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Address and contact details
Kington, Herefordshire, HR53EG
Tel: 01544 230160
Fax: 01544 230160
Latitude: 52° 12' 9" N
Longitude: 3° 02' 52" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1896
Ownership:Private, W.L. Banks
Garden code:HCRFT
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, English Heritage, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens
Owner: W.L. Banks
Head Gardener: Stephen Lloyd
Contact person: W.L. Banks
Total Staff:8
Total Horticultural Staff:6
Accessions:Concentration on wild source woody plants
Physical environment
Altitude:220 m
Soil type:Other
Total area:20 ha
Weather recordsRecords kept
Average annual:1000 mm
Plant collection
Notable plants within the collection:
59 Champion trees (Cercidiphyllum japonicum and Davidia vilmoriniana)
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
China, Japan, Northwestern USA, Northeastern USA
Special families within the collections:
Betulaceae, Aceraceae, Rosaceae, Ulmaceae, Pinaceae, Ericaceae
Special genera within the collections:
Betula, Acer, Alnus, Sorbus, Tilia, Quercus, Zelkova, Picea, Pinus, Abies, Rhododendron, Viburnum
Special collections:
Acer, NCCPG – 88 Species, 380 plants.
Betula, NCCPG – 48 Species, 290 Plants.
Zelkova, NCCPG – 4 Species, 156 Plants.
Record Keeping:Kept since 1930
Card index
Plant-collecting trips:Occasional collections by owner
Facilities on site
Library:1 000 items, woody plants,
Research facilities:No
Teaching and Education:Potential for primary, secondary, higher, taxonomic, and for public education
Interpretation:Signs, brochures, guided trails
Friends Organisation:No
Visitor facilities:Restaurant, plant shop, gift shop
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Visitors per year:12,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 12.30-5.30pm April-October
Guiding principles behind the collection
The garden is designed to give pleasure to its owners and visitors and to act as a conservation resource for temperate woody plants.
Location map

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