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.
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.