The Wynkcoombe Arboretum
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Welcome to the Wynkcoombe Arboretum Welcome to the Wynkcoombe Arboretum, located in Fittleworth, West Sussex.
The Arboretum was the concept of Nicholas Smith of Wyncombe Hill, who has planted and tended every tree since its inception.
The first plants went into the ground in the mid 1970s and planting has continued steadily ever since.
The plants have been grown from seed collected by NWS from other arboreta; bought from specialist nurseries; and brought back from Asia and South America by plant hunting expeditions sponsored by NWS.
The Arboretum has over 800 trees and shrubs (of which 600 are listed on the website), including many rare species from around the world.
This website is supplemented by galleries of photographs (all taken in the Arboretum by our resident photographer). These explore the Natural History of the Arboretum in a wide range of selected categories. Access to these galleries is achievable via the menu.
The Arboretum lies on the fertile, acid, lower greensand belt that horseshoes round Sussex.
Difficult plants like Stewartias flourish if given semi-shade and tender 'Greenhouse' plants cope as cold air flows down into the Rother valley.

To learn more about a tree you are standing beside please note the following:
If you have an iPhone open your camera and hold your phone over the QR tag on the tree. You will then be taken to the relevant tree page on the Wynkcoombe Arboretum website.
If you have an Android phone then download any free QR code reader app. Open the app and hold your phone in front of the QR tag on the tree. You will then be taken to the relevant tree page on the Wynkcoombe Arboretum website.
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Steve & Ann Lane says
We walked over the hill last week without knowing there were treasures in store! Having sought information online about the specimen trees and found some of the history we returned today, On our exploratory ramble we were extremely privileged to encounter and chat to the founder of the arboretum. Thank you for the insights - we will be returning through the seasons to witness the changes.
John Rogers says
What a hidden gem! I absolutely loved it. So interesting and the QR Coding made the experience even more rewarding. Love to meet ‘the man’ one day. Thank you. Best wishes and don’t stop what your doing!! John
Gary Walker says
After visiting my friend’s childhood home on the edge of the arboretum, we walked the dogs around this wonderful gem and being a tree enthusiast, I thoroughly enjoyed identifying the many different genus and species. The QR codes made it a educational treat and I was so pleased to have identified all but a few species whilst they were barely in leaf. We will look forward to our next visit in May when the arboretum is in full leaf. We met Nicholas on our travels too and had a nice chat with him and he very kindly offered me a self seeded sapling of my favourite tree shrub which I shall collect after we have had some rain. Thankyou for a lovely afternoon at this wonderful gem. X
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