Bodenham Arboretum

Address : Wolverley
Town/City : Kidderminster
County : Worcestershire
Country : England
Post code : DY11 5SY
Phone : 01562 852444
Web Site :

The land that is now Bodenham Arboretum was purchased in March 1973 by the late David Binnian and his wife Jennifer. What began as a hobby, planting a few trees each winter, has developed into an area of outstanding landscape beauty and interest. 

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'Worcestershire's Hidden Garden'

One man's passion for Trees and English countryside realised Bodenham Arboretum which is now host to over 3000 species of trees and plants.

These 170 acres of mature woodland, pools and countryside are integrated within a working farm. Its custodians are the Binnian Family. Four generations, living on site and continuing the work that began when the land was purchased in May 1973 by David Binnian, It comprised a derelict farmhouse & 127 acres of scrub woodland and rough pasture which had been used as grazing for sheep.

The 'development' of the arboretum has been ongoing since 1973. Great care was taken during the design phase to work with the natural topography of the land. Pools were created with water supplied from a series of springs. The first 10 years were spent creating dams, pools, laying out internal roads and of course much tree planting.

The award winning visitors centre (CLA Best rural Building in England & Wales 1999) was essential when opening to the public in 1998.

The tree collection has been carefully selected, based on their suitability to 'The (often inclement and sometimes extreme) British Climate'. Design and layout are key considerations and when planting, full consideration to the natural topography of the land is essential.

This makes it all sound rather 'stoic' but whilst clear sympathy is paid to the landscape, there is also a variety of colours, shapes and sizes throughout the whole arboretum to create an interesting and visually pleasing vista, throughout the changing seasons.

Bodenham is home to some important collections of Acers, North American Alders and Oaks and the famous laburnum tunnel. As the seasons change so too do the colours, sounds, textures and views, no two visits are ever the same.

Bodenham Wood
Lying alongside the brook and to the eastern edge of Bodenham Arboretum, this area is managed on commercial lines – its management is designed to create timber of the highest quality. It is an exemplary mix of Hemlock nursing Oak, Douglas Fir, Thuja and Larch; Norway Spruce nursing Oak, Beech, Scots Pine, Corsican Pine and Ash.

A haven for wildlife, the pools provide a habitat for frogs, newts and toads and over 14 species of dragonfly have been identified at Bodenham. Fish can be found (and fed) in the big pool alongside ducks and heron. Whilst throughout the wider arboretum over 108 species of bird from Buzzards to Kingfishers have been identified. Regular visits and monitoring of nesting boxes and sites from the RSPB provide essential information regarding the health and success of a variety of birdlife.

The mature and diverse woodland of Bodenham Wood, provides the perfect residence for badger, squirrel, foxes, mice, bats and deer.

The Farm
Key to the sustainability of Bodenham the farm accounts for 100 acres of grassland for grazing sheep and cattle. Our Visitors Centre restaurant is 'Farm to Fork' – all meat used in our restaurant is from our own livestock.

Bodenham is a working farm and the highest standard of welfare is afforded to the animals throughout their life. Donkeys, sheep, cows, goats, pigs and rare breeds of chickens, geese and farm dogs can all be found. Spring brings the lambing and calving season and much joy to our younger and older visitors alike, as new life fills the barns and fields.

At Christmas time our farm buildings and barns are transformed to tell the Biblical story of the Nativity in our 'Follow the star Trail', with our animals playing a staring role – complete with baby donkey.

Forest School & Educational Visits
Bodenham is proud host to The World Outside Forest School and Outdoor Learning Provider, via two purpose built sites. This experiential learning method, designed to increase confidence and self esteem allows children and adults from a variety of cultures and backgrounds to learn 'hands on'; forging a lasting connection with the Natural World.

The World Outside provides bespoke sessions for school visits, curriculum linked days, Forest School, Under 5's wild play, Home Educators Network, family sessions, private parties and craft days.
Schools can also take advantage of the learning available throughout the wider arboretum with visits to the farm and further trails available.

The team at Bodenham also provide tree and estate work, as well as building and maintaining forest school sites in other locations.

Bodenham for All
Bodenham Arboretum and Farm is now twice qualified for heritage status; as an Arboretum and for 'The Creation of a new English Landscape'.

The diversity of species and the layout of the different areas provide year round interest and colour. Our Autumn colours made the national news in 2016 and there is no doubt that nature puts on a spectacular 'last hurrah' there each year. It is truly a photographer's dream location.

There is no 'play area', families and younger guests are supported to enjoy 'natures play area' and the wealth of experiences it can bring via fun trails throughout the grounds, quiz's, forest school and for 2017 a new and exciting trail in collaboration with local artist Denise Brownridge. The Animals on the farm and the wildlife throughout the Arboretum are a real highlight for visiting families.

A calendar of events throughout the year celebrate all that Bodenham can offer in the heart of the community, including the exceptionally popular Pumpkin Walk, charity functions, Carols by Candlelight (proceeds to Wolverley Church) and summer Concerts. The Viking weekend, local model boat club, willow weaving, visits from the Wildlife Trust and many more events are planned for the coming year.

The Visitor's Centre hosts the restaurant, providing exceptional quality 'Farm to Fork' carvery, lunches, afternoon teas and private functions throughout the year. The shop provides a fine selection of work from local artists, delicious artisan jams, honey and other unique gifts. Plant sales are available on the terrace.

Opening Hours 2017:
• Wed-Sun: Throughout the year 11am till 5pm
• Bank Holidays
• Thurs Evenings – May-Sept
• 7 Days a week throughout Oct & December
• Full up to date opening hours on website & Facebook page.
Contact: 01562 852444


Find Us
Bodenham Arboretum is situated 20 miles west of Birmingham, 19 miles north of Worcester and 3 miles north of Kidderminster. Follow the brown signs "Bodenham Arboretum" westwards from Wolverley Church Island along the B4189
Telephone 01562 852444


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