The Beale Arboretum

The Beale Arboretum at West Lodge Park Hotel
Founded in 1963 by Edward Beale

I would like to welcome you to have a stroll in our beautiful grounds here at West Lodge Park. We have the National collections of Hornbeams (Carpinus betulus cv) and Swamp Cypress (Taxodium distichum) as well as over 800 species of trees from around the world.

The 35 acres surrounding the hotel form part of the Enfield Chase, an oasis of open space, wonderful views, and peace and quiet within the M25.

Andrew Beale, Managing Director

Hotel guests are welcome to visit the grounds at any time and the Arboretum is open to the public every afternoon 2.00pm - 5.00pm (Admission £2.50 payable at reception. Admission free to any hotel resident, or any hotel guest having food or drink in our restaurant, bar or banqueting rooms.)

The Beale Arboretum NGS Open Day 15th May 2016.

A spring morning in the Beale Arboretum 27th April 2016.

Spring has finally arrived in the Beale Arboretum.

Autumn colours in the Beale Arboretum at West Lodge Park 2015.

View the latest developments in our Arboretum (May 2015).

Open Days in aid of the National Gardens Scheme

The Beale Arboretum is open to the public twice a year in aid of the National Gardens Scheme. This charity, whose patron is Her Majesty the Queen, is responsible for the organisation throughout England and Wales for the opening of 2,300 gardens, the majority of which are private and not normally open to the public. The proceeds of the scheme benefit Macmillan Nurses, District Nurses, the National Trust and gardeners' charities. The Open Days at West Lodge Park are popular events usually attended by several hundred people, with guided tours by experts during the afternoon and light refreshments available.


Our National Gardens Scheme Open Days for 2017 will be on:

Sunday 14th May 2017 2-5pm and Sunday 22nd October 2017 1-4pm.

Guided tours will be available or Self Guide Tour Sheets will be supplied if you would rather wander round the gardens on your own.

Entrance: £5.00 per person (children free)

Afternoon teas will be available on the Terrace, or in the lounge throughout the afternoon.

In addition the Gardens are open to the public Monday - Friday afternoons from April to October the Arboretum is open to the public from 2pm to 5pm. No guided tours are available on these afternoons, but descriptive leaflets are available from reception and teas are available in the hotel from £12.00 per person.

Visiting the Arboretum in 2017

The Beale Arboretum consists of a large and interesting collection of trees. There are some 800 different varieties, many are established, but a large number have been planted in the last 50 years.

We have the Plant Heritage National Collections of Carpinus betulus cv (Hornbeam), and Taxodium (Swamp Cypress), as well as a planned third National Collection of Catalpa (Indian Bean Tree).

A number of our champion trees are now recorded in the Tree Register of the British Isles (Beale Arboretum, Registered Collection no.335).

The Arboretum has received wide publicity for its beauty and interest, having been featured in The Times, The Sunday Express, Country Life, Gardener's World, The New York Times, The Radio Times and The Royal Horticultural Society Journal.

The best times of year for a visit are in the spring (May and early June), and autumn (October).

Click here for a full list of all the trees in our Arboretum

The trees are contained in the 35 acre estate of West Lodge Park Hotel in Hadley Wood on Cockfosters Road (A111) just one mile south from exit 24 of the M25.

The cost for visitors is £2.50 for adults and free for children payable at reception, but free of charge for everyone if you have a drink or meal in the bar, lounge or restaurant at the hotel, or if you are a resident in the hotel or attending a function or conference.

Conducted tours for private parties

Private conducted tours of the arboretum for groups (minimum 10 persons, no maximum) can be arranged if booked in advance, normally on weekdays.

The walk round the trees usually takes one and a half hours, and is taken by the Managing Director Andrew Beale or the Estates Manager Grant Cook.

The charge for these conducted tours is free midweek, and £3.50 per person at weekends. We recommend you organise tea at the hotel before or after your group tour - the prices are as follows:

Morning Coffee or Afternoon Tea with two farmhouse biscuits £4.30 per person

Cedar Afternoon Tea £12.75 per person

Newby loose leaf tea or Café du Monde cafetière coffee
2 warm scones with Devonshire clotted cream and Tiptree jam

West Lodge Park Afternoon tea £23.50 per person

Newby of London loose leaf tea or Café du Monde coffee

Four finger sandwiches:
- Cucumber on white bread

- Scottish smoked salmon on brown bread

- Hertfordshire free range egg & cress on white bread

- Skipjack tuna, spring onion, chopped capers, mayonnaise on brown bread

Vegetarian sandwiches available: Cucumber on white bread; Roasted field mushroom, rocket, Parmesan, pesto on brown bread; Hertfordshire free range egg & cress on white bread; Mature Dorset Cheddar cheese, semi-dried tomato on brown bread.

Cheddar and chive mini quiche

2 warm scones with Devonshire clotted cream and Tiptree jam

3 homemade cakes

Sandwiches replenished £6.00 per person

Prosecco Afternoon Tea £31.50 per person

(as the West Lodge Park Afternoon Tea, plus a delicious glass of Rosé Prosecco)

The Champagne Afternoon Tea £35.50 per person

(as the West Lodge Park Afternoon Tea, plus a delicious glass of Taittinger Rosé Champagne)

The charge is payable in advance and the same option should be chosen for all the party.

All bookings should be made to:

Jane Gray
PA to the Managing Director
West Lodge Park,
Cockfosters Road,
Hadley Wood,

Tel: 020 8216 3904

For more information, please email
or call a member of our team on 020 8216 3900.


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