KNUTSFORDIANS are invited to join the Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre’s summer event on Wednesday, July 2.

The Friends have arranged a special guided tour of the Lovell Quinta Arboretum in Swetenham, followed by a cream tea in the Swetenham Arms.

The 11 hectare arboretum was created by Professor Sir Bernard Lovell from open grassland, after he bought the property in 1948.

In 1996, it passed into the hands of the Cheshire Wildlife Trust, who transferred it to the Tatton Garden Society in the autumn of 2003.

“The Friends are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to have a guided tour of the arboretum by its curator, as part of the programme of events we run throughout the year to raise much needed funds to keep Knutsford Heritage Centre open and thriving in the heart of Knutsford”, said organiser Mary Gracie.

“The arboretum is fascinating, as it houses some 800 species and around 2,500 trees and shrubs – currently including two National Collections.

“A hebe collection with more than 100 species has been planted in trial beds by the Hebe Society; and more than 60 new rhododendron taxa feature, as well as the beautiful lake.”

Tickets for the summer event, which starts at 2pm and includes the cream tea, cost £13.50 or £12 to members of the Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre.

There is a £2.50 reduction for members of Tatton Garden Society or the RHS. Tickets are available from Knutsford Heritage Centre, 90A King St, WA16 6ED, or by calling 01565 650506. Cheques should be made payable to The Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre.