Winter at Queenswood, Herefordshire
PUBLISHED: 16:03 06 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:39 20 February 2013
Throughout this year we will be tracking the seasons at Queenswood with a series of photographs starting here with Anna Lythgoe's shots of the country park in its winter finery
Throughout this year we will be tracking the seasons at Queenswood with a series of photographs starting here with Anna Lythgoes shots of the country park in its winter finery.
The park and arboretum contain more than 650 rare and exotic trees and its 103 acres of beautiful semi-natural ancient woodland is home to a multitude of wild flowers and an important habitat for wildlife.
Head Ranger Trevor Hulme describes what to look out for at this time of year: In January the winter-flowering cherries start to show their white and pink blossoms and there is always a lot of birdlife siskins, redpolls and sometimes crossbills. In February the Chinese variety of witch hazel in the arboretum is one of the first plants to flower. The flowers are bright yellow and the display is particularly striking as the trees have no leaves at this time. You might also see early primroses, snowdrops and yellow coltsfoot. When the weather is good you might hear the distinctive song of the mistle thrush.
Queenswood Country Park, Dinmore Hill, Leominster,
HR6 0PY, is open daily
from dawn till dusk.
Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum is situated at
the top of Dinmore Hill, on the A49 between Hereford and Leominster; follow the brown and white signs at the top of Dinmore Hill. There is plenty of free car and coach parking.
Service 492 leaves both Hereford and Leominster at regular intervals throughout the day and stops at the top of Dinmore Hill. In Hereford the bus stops at Hereford Railway Station, Hereford Country Bus Station and the Shire Hall. In Leominster the bus
stops at Leominster bus station.