Queenswood Coronation Fund and the History of the Arboretum

Queenswood Arboretum (image: Herefordshire Council)

The planting of the arboretum at Queenswood began in 1953 to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It was funded by an ongoing public appeal - 'The Queenswood Coronation Fund' - launched by Sir Richard Cotterell who was then chairman of the Queenswood Management Committee and Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire.

Numerous donations from the people of Herefordshire allowed Sir Richard to realise part of his vision for the site and purchase many of the rare and beautiful trees that can still be enjoyed today.

The work of the Queenswood Coronation Fund received international recognition in 1981 when the arboretum received the prestigious Dendrology Award from the International Dendrology Society in recognition of the quality of the collection of trees.

The Queenswood Coronation Fund is a perpetual fund and is now a registered charity (No. 518624) which continues to receive many donations from those who have visited and enjoyed the country park and arboretum.

Queenswood Tree Finder Map & Database

The trees of the Arboretum are all mapped and their details available on the database. Click the link below to seach for a tree!

A glade in the arboretum at Queenswood (image: Herefordshire Council)