Thenford House, Arboretum & Gardens :: Shared Description

Located in the village of Thenford in Northamptonshire, is the 70 acre estate belonging to Baron Heseltine of Thenford (Michael Heseltine).
Set in the shape of a horseshoe, surrounding an elegant 1760's Georgian house, the park and gardens contain an impressive and Nationally important collection of rare plants and trees totalling around 3,500 different species.
There are three large lakes and many smaller ponds, including three medieval fish ponds containing some very large fish.
Specimen trees from around the world are planted in and around areas of old woodland overlooking the lakes.
There is a restored Victorian walled garden with a geometric pattern of flat water, immaculate lawns and a central fountain.
A formal rill garden cascades down to a stone bridge, alongside a sculpture garden with various 'rooms' surrounded by hedges.
The arboretum and gardens are not generally accessible to the public, but are opened on a few afternoons a year for pre-booked groups. I was there as the mini bus driver for a group from Hampton Lucy and Charlecote WI, and we all thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon.
by David P Howard

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SP5241 : Old tree trunk, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5242 : The Rill, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5141 : The Blue Bridge, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5141 : The Blue Bridge, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5242 : The Sculpture Garden, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5241 : Thenford House by David P Howard
SP5241 : Lake, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5241 : The Walled Garden, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5241 : The Rill, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5141 : Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5241 : Horses, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5141 : Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5141 : Lake, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5241 : The Circle Garden, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5241 : Birch Way, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5241 : Seats by the Willow Pond, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5241 : The Walled Garden, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5242 : The Rill, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5141 : Church Barn, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5141 : Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5241 : House and lake, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5241 : New Lake, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5241 : The Walled Garden, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5242 : The Sculpture Garden, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard
SP5241 : Horses by the Lake, Thenford Arboretum by David P Howard

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Created: Sun, 18 May 2014, Updated: Wed, 28 May 2014

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