Blackwater Arboretum

Blackwater Arboretum, The New Forest National Park

Blackwarer Arboretum

Blackwater Arboretum, is a small but beautiful walk, through a collection of exotic trees. Including the giant redwoods,  Nootka cypress & Cider Gum. With benches and cute little wooden sculptures dotted throughout the walk.

Blackwater Arboretum was planted in 1859. In a time when planting exotic trees was very fashionable. Originally planted with giant redwood and Douglas firs, the area is now home to two of the National parks tallest trees. 

The Arboretum is only a small area of the national park. Whilst fascinating, it will only take you a few hours to explore. And only if, like us, you take the time to look at all of the trees. We also stopped for a picnic here before moving further into the surrounding woodland.
Cider Gum tree.
Cider Gum tree.

We parked in the large parking area on the opposite side of the road. After reading the information boards, we made our way along the small drive towards the entrance. Nik and I love trees, so we spent a few hours here. Wandering among them and in my case giving a few a good hug. 

When we were done, we left the Arboretum via the far entrance gates and started a beautiful circular walk back to the car park. By turning left each time we came to a cross in the road we ended up back at the road. Once across it, we found ourselves in another lovely part of the woodland which eventually led us to Flechs Water, where we were able to see a herd of dear sunning themselves in the distance. This is also a beautiful little spot, not too far from our car park, for a picnic. As just here a small stream crosses under the road track and is surrounded by heath. 

Fletchs Water

Whilst on our walk we found some Dor beetles, fungi, a colony of Southern Wood ants busily collecting things for the nest. And the highlight for us, a wild beehive in a dead, but still standing, tree. 

In all, we only walked approximately 3 miles. It did take up most of our day though as we spent a lot of time admiring the trees and generally enjoying being in nature.



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