National Arboretum, Castlewellan

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Address and contact details
Castlewellan Forest Park, Castlewellan, Co. Down, BT31 9BU
Tel: 013967 78664
Fax: 1762
Latitude: 54° 15' 20" N
Longitude: 5° 57' 40" W
Background to the collection
Ownership:Department of Agriculture, Forest Services
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork
Michael Lear
Contact person: Michael Lear
Total Staff:4
Accessions:To cultivate the diversity of woody plants that can be grown in County Down, with the objective of representing plants at different stages, e.g. juvenile, medium age, old age, for as many as practical.
Physical environment
Soil type:Acid
Total area:40.4 ha
Weather recordsRecords kept (irregularly)
Absolute minimum:-7 °C (1995)
Average annual:1200 mm
Plant collection
Notable plants within the collection:
39 Champion trees of Britain and Ireland and a number of orignal cultivars
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
Western Asia, China, Eastern Asia, Australasia, New Zealand, Southwestern USA, Southern America
Special families within the collections:
Cupressaceae, Podocarpaceae, Pinaceae, Liliaceae, Eucryphiaceae, Malvaceae, Myrtaceae, Aceraceae, Winteraceae, Compositae, Pittosporaceae, Araliaceae, Theaceae, Taxodiaceae, Escalloniaceae, Rosaceae, Ericaceae, Tropaeolaceae, Epacridaceae, Fagaceae
Special genera within the collections:
Cupressus, Podocarpus, Abies, Cordyline, Eucryphia, Hoheria, Eucalyptus, Acer, Drimys, Olearia, Pittosporum, Pseudopanax, Skimmia, Cryptomeria, Escallonia, Arbutus, Rhododendron, Tropaeolum, Dracophyllum, Nothofagus
Record Keeping:Kept since 1969
Record System:BG-Base
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Herbarium:Approximately 200 specimens, in conjunction with Ulster Museum. Code BEL in Index Herbariorum
Library:200 items, woody plants. No public access
Research facilities:No
Identifications:Undertakes free identifications for the general public. Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Primary, secondary, higher, taxonomic and public education
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, brochures, lectures
Friends Organisation:Yes
Visitor facilities:Café
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Visitors per year:45,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 10am-8pm or dusk
Guiding principles behind the collection
The garden is funded by Central Government to conserve the heritage assets of the gardens and trees, and act as a showcase for biodiversity.
Location map

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