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News Release - Issued by The Yorkshire Arboretum

Wildflower Wonders at the Yorkshire Arboretum

Spectacular swathes of wildflowers are now in bloom in the summer sunshine at the Yorkshire Arboretum. Wild orchids, pink Ragged Robin, masses of Yellow Rattle and Ox-eye Daisies, and golden sheets of buttercups all contribute to a profusion of colour set against the backdrop of the arboretum’s internationally important collection of trees.

As well as being a glorious sight for visitors to enjoy, the meadows serve an important conservation purpose. They’ve been created since 2012 in partnership with Buglife as part of the B-lines project, a series of ‘insect pathways’ linking together existing wildlife areas in North Yorkshire to create a network weaving across the landscape to link up areas of habitat benefiting bees, butterflies and a host of other wildlife.

Yorkshire Arboretum Director John Grimshaw said “We’ve had a lot of feedback on the glorious displays of wildflowers in the arboretum in recent weeks. The newly created meadows cover some 6 acres and paths meander through them, enabling members and visitors to enjoy them to the fullest and get up close and personal with the wildlife they attract. As well as helping to make the arboretum an ever more beautiful place the meadows also enhance the site’s biodiversity, protecting fragile flora and fauna.”




The Yorkshire Arboretum and Ray Wood are gardens of the Castle Howard Arboretum Trust, an independent charity (registration number 1044931) established to maintain and protect these unique collections. Founded in 1997 as a partnership between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Castle Howard, the Trust’s patron is HRH The Prince of Wales.

The Yorkshire Arboretum is located adjacent to Castle Howard and is open from 10am – 4pm every day from March – November, with extended opening to 6pm at weekends from May – October. In addition to the 120 acre garden of trees there’s a children’s woodland playground, a café offering delicious home-cooked seasonal food and drink and a gift shop. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Admission is £6 for adults, £3 for juniors (12-16) and £15 for families. Under 12s are admitted free. Find out more at

The arboretum’s annual event programme includes a wide range of family and outdoor activities, botanical and horticultural education, and arts and crafts workshops. Full details are available at


Anna Porter, Marketing Manager
The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7BY
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