Welcome to Keele University Arboretum

**** Access to the woodland - UPDATE 23/09/15 ****

The clearance of the rhododendrons infected with Phtophthora ramorum is now almost complete. All affected areas with the exception of the Terrace are now finished. Visitors are welcome to walk around the top 3-5 lakes BUT there are a number of windblown trees that have come down, especially in Lower Springpool Wood, and any that are near paths will be removed. This is to be expected following on from the clearance and people should avoid the woods during periods of high wind for their own safety.

We have started the respraying of the Rhodendron regrowth in Lower Springpool Wood. All the remaining Larch have been moved to a log area in Lower Springpool Wood for removal.

The next steps will be

  • To remove the windblown or dangerous trees identified in the clearance
  • To continue to spray the regrowth
  • Spray / remove areas of Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam to prevent them taking over the woods

We will have finalised the re-stocking plans by the end of October and this work is proposed to be started in December going through to January 2016.

Dave Emley

cherry flower National Collection of Flowering Cherries

Keele's collection of 240 varieties of Flowering Cherry has been awarded National Collection status by Plant Heritage. Find out more here.

goat willow 90x90 All About our Trees

Find out about the trees growing here as well as memorial, commemorative and donated trees.

interactive map 90x90 What's Growing Where on Campus? Interactive maps will tell you what trees are growing at any spot on campus. naturetrail 90x90 Virtual Nature Trails Two virtual nature trails allow you to enjoy the campus from the comfort of your chair! birdwatching 90x90 Recent and past sightings Check out what's been seen recently on campus and send in your sightings too. butterfly 90x90 All about the other flora and fauna on campus Find out all about  the birds, flowers, insects and mammals on campus as well.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our site. If you have any comments then please use this page


Many people have contributed to the arboretum and its website. In particular my thanks go to Peter Thomas, Graham Lees and John Downing.


All images used on this site are © David W Emley unless indicated otherwise and must not be used without permission.