Barnwood Park and Arboretum

Welcome to the website of the

Friends of Barnwood Park and Arboretum

Barnwood Arboretum is a Local Nature Reserve accessed via a footbridge in the middle of Barnwood Park. It has restricted opening hours. The Arboretum is open currently from approximately 9.00 am to 7.00 pm when the gate will be locked.

The Park and Balancing Pond remain open 24 hours a day.

Join the Big Butterfly Count 2024. This is a FREE EVENT on Tuesday 23rd July 11am-4pm. Discover the arboretum’s special trees and flower rich grassland and help us to count the butterflies there. There will also be a children’s quiz trail, live moths and lots of crafty fun. Learn how to make your own Wild Space for butterflies and moths.

Barnwood Park & Arboretum belong to Gloucester City Council (01452 396396) Entry is free

The park and arboretum have many mature trees and in the arboretum the unimproved grassland provides habitat for birds, insects and small mammals. The arboretum is grazed by Dexter cattle in late summer and sheep in the autumn/winter.

The Friends of Barnwood Park and Arboretum work with the Gloucester City Council to develop and maintain the site and organise events to bring people closer to nature. This is the wildlife pond in the Arboretum.  Photo courtesy of Peter Wilcox. 

Please note that there are no public toilets on site. 

If you want to hold an event in Barnwood Park you will need to obtain permission from Gloucester City Council. 

Before planning your event please email:

Dogs are allowed on the whole of the site but in the Arboretum they must be kept on a lead at all times. This is because the Arboretum is a Local Nature Reserve. 

 The Play in the Park this year is on Saturday 3rd August.

Please note it will have a different start time of 4pm.

The Rain or Shine Theatre Company will be giving a performance of the popular  The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Tickets available at   

Alternatively they can be bought on the night       

For recent news see the Events-News page..... 

Recent photos courtesy of Peter Wilcox

Joining the Friends

If you would like to join the Friends of Barnwood Arboretum please send your name, email address, home address and telephone number to

We are a friendly group of volunteers who enjoy spending time in Barnwood Park and Arboretum. No previous experience of conservation work, gardening or knowledge of wildlife is necessary because we work closely with Gloucester City Council Officers. As members of the Friends group we are learning all the time from those around us.

The Park and Arboretum  are proud recipients of the Green Flag Award 

We are on Church Lane Barnwood Gloucester GL4 3JB

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