‘If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere’
In 1948, Sir Bernard Lovell bought ‘hidden gem’ The Quinta, a country house and garden in Swettenham village. Although better known as a physicist and radio astronomer, Sir Bernard, who was born in 1913, was also a very keen horticulturist and began to develop the site as a private garden. Over a period of several decades he added on more land and gradually developed the 40-acre site into an arboretum, complete with its own lake.
Sir Bernard brought a very personal touch to his arboretum.. He created an area called Franklin,a grassy oasis in the middle of the site, which commemorates his award of the Benjamin Franklin Medal in 1980. He also planted the Reith Avenue with red-twigged lime trees in the early 1950s to celebrate a his series of Reith lectures, commissioned by the BBC.
In 1996 Sir Bernard sold the Quinta Arboretum to The Cheshire Wildlife Trust. After running the site for a few years they passed the majority of the formal arboretum, around 28-acres, into the care of the Tatton Garden Society, a charitable organisation who now own and maintain it with a team of volunteers. Visitors are very welcome to the arboretum, and members of the Society benefit from free entry. Non-members are asked to donate £2.50 per person via an honesty box at the gate, which goes back into the running of the site. Dogs are very welcome on leads.
Sir Bernard died in 2012, but the arboretum he created remains. In 2014 it was renamed the Lovell Quinta Arboretum in his honour, and now boasts 2,500 trees and shrubs, some of which are rare or unusual. A calm place of beauty and serenity, visitors can walk and relax in stunning scenery in this hidden gem.
More information regarding the Arboretum can be found here: www.lovellquintaarboretum.co.uk