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Woodland Garden

Woodland Walks

Explore the serpentine paths which meander through Ray Wood.

Enjoy impressive seasonal displays, dappled sunlight and a remarkable collection of plants of national significance.

Following a three year restoration programme by the Yorkshire Arboretum, the woodland garden is once more an idyllic place to while away the hours and includes a woodland children's trail, Aztec pyramid and woodland carvings.

The intertwining network of paths take in one of England's finest collections of rhododendrons (which bloom in early Summer) and a diverse range of species collected from across the world.

Many of the trees, shrubs and flowers in Ray Wood are the original introductions of species to this country, gathered by the great plant-hunters of the 19th and early 20th centuries. A number of the Rhododendrons came from the nursery of James Russell, the famous horticulturalist who designed Ray Wood.

The Yorkshire Arboretum

The collection of plants is now managed by the Yorkshire Arboretum, with assistance from Kew Gardens. Most of the specimens are labelled, and rare and unusual plants are propagated to ensure they continue to thrive.

Self-Guided Trail

You can discover Ray Wood for yourself with our self-guided trail booklet, available to buy at the ticket office, house entrance and gift shops.

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