In a collaborative project to celebrate the history of one of Herefordshire’s most important public parks, Herefordshire Lore and the current managers, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, have produced Queenswood – Our Wood on the Hill.
This booklet is available from the Queenswood Visitor Centre (on the A49 at Dinmorehill) it’s 17 x 24 cm with 40 pages.
Noted in the Domesday Book and held for many years by the wealthy Arkwright family at Hampton Court, Queenswood came under threat by developers in the 1930s. The public, along with the Council for Preservation for Rural England and the then Lord Lieutenant, Lord Somers of Eastnor Castle, raised enough money to buy Queens Wood, Little Coppice and a roadside tea house.
Another county Lord Lieutenant, Sir Richard Cotterell launched a second campaign in the 1950s to establish an arboretum and the famous Autumn Garden.
The 47-acre woodland became Herefordshire’s first country park, much loved, and much visited, by thousands of people every year.