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Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum

Queenswood is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). More than 190 plant species have been recorded, a high for a Herefordshire woodland, as well as many species of fauna, some of which are nationally scarce. Adding in the cafe, adventure playground and the now reopened shop and visitor centre makes Queenswood a magnificent day out for all the family.

Queenswood is a fragment of the vast ancient oak wood that once stretched to the Welsh borders and beyond. It was held by the crown on and off throughout the ages and changed its name from 'Kings Wood' to 'Queenswood' in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

The woodland is now managed as a nature reserve and its ecological importance recognised by its designation as a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). More than 190 plant species have been recorded; this is high for a Herefordshire woodland and includes scarce species such as wood vetch and birds nest orchid.

Nationally rare dormice are found in the North and South Woods and Queenswood takes part in a national monitoring scheme to help protect these endangered creatures. Other interesting mammals include, polecat and yellow-necked mice, whilst fallow and muntjac deer inhabit the woodlands.

Woodland birds include great spotted, lesser spotted and green woodpeckers, willow, garden and wood warblers, chiffchaffs and blackcaps.

Butterflies found at Queenswood include the silverwashed fritillary and purple hairstreak which both thrive in the oak woodlands. Other insects include deadwood loving beetles such as the nationally scarce oak splendour beetle.

Queenswood Country Park also comprises an excellent cafe, exciting adventure playground and also numerous picnic tables and benches. Work is underway on refurbishing and reopening the visitor centre and shop.

Up until March 2016, Queenswood Country Park was managed and maintained by Herefordshire Council's Parks, Countryside and Leisure Development service, before being taken over by the Herefordshire Wildlife and New Leaf Community Interest Company.

Further information about Queenswood can be found on our dedicated webpage for Queenswood Country Park and Bodenham Lake.


Queenswood Arboretum

Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Bodenham Lake
1 miles - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Lugg Mills
6 miles - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Wyevale Wood
7 miles - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum
Dinmore Hill, Leominster
Map reference
SO 506 514
Great for...
a family day out
ancient trees
stunning views
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Opening Times
Toilets: 9.00am - 5.00pm approx Cafe: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Picnic facilities
Disabled toilet
Baby changing
68.00 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

There are a number of easy access paths with stone surfaces, joined together into a waymarked trail, for those using wheelchairs or electric mobility vehicles (EMVs). The car park includes disabled parking spaces for blue badge holders which are free of charge.
Walking information
In addition to the many paths for more intrepid explorers, there are a number of waymarked trails of differing lengths at Queenswood. Some of them feature easy access stone or woodchip surfaced paths which are suitable for disabled access. A comprehensive map and trail guide is available to purchase from the Cafe.
There's a large pay and display car park.
Dogs under effective control
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Tel: 01432 530088