Gloucester Rocks

Barnwood Arboretum & Park

Parks & Walks

Barnwood Arboretum is a Local Nature Reserve within Barnwood Park and belongs to Gloucester City Council. The park and arboretum have many mature trees and in the arboretum the unimproved grassland provides habitat for birds, insects and small mammals. The arboretum is grazed by Dexter cattle in late summer and sheep in the autumn/winter.

Barnwood Park and Arboretum is situated off Church Lane, across the road from St. Lawrence’s church. The current Park and Arboretum are the remainder of the Barnwood House Estate.

Both the Park and Arboretum have a mixture of magnificent mature trees including Giant Redwood, Turkey Oak, Dawn Redwood, Black Mulberry and a rare Variegated Beech. New trees have been planted by the Friends group to maintain a variety of trees into the future. The Arboretum is also managed for wildlife and is grazed by cattle and sheep from July to December/January. A wildlife pond was created in 2014.

Barnwood Park and Arboretum is an award winning green space, having regularly achieved Green Flag status in recent years. The Green Flag is a national award for the best green spaces in the country.

The Friends of Barnwood Arboretum work with Gloucester City Council to develop and maintain the site and organise events to bring people closer to nature.


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted - On leads in arboretum please (can be off leads in the park)
  • Open All Year
  • Free entry

Opening Hours

Barnwood Park and Balancing Pond are open 24 hours a day.  

Barnwood Arboretum, the Local Nature Reserve accessed via a footbridge in the middle of Barnwood Park, has restricted opening hours.  On weekdays it is open from approx 8.30am to approx. 3.45pm and at weekends from 9am until approx 4pm. Please leave before the closing time or you may be locked in.
Opening Times

Opening Hours


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