The Yorkshire Arboretum near Castle Howard is offering free entry to the public on Monday from 10am to 4pm.
The annual open day offers visitors the opportunity to explore the garden of trees, where the last of the spring blossoms are currently giving way to swathes of purple-blue Camassias.
John Grimshaw, the Arboretum Director, said: “Children are always admitted free here, but each year we also like to offer everyone the chance to explore this beautiful place at no charge.
“People often tell me they’re unsure what an ‘arboretum’ is and perhaps expect to find row upon row of trees here in a very strict, plantation style. The Free Entry Day offers them the perfect opportunity to discover that in fact the arboretum encompasses 120 acres of rolling parkland, lakes, wildflower meadows and ponds all waiting to be explored.”
Well-behaved dogs are welcome.
There is also a café offering home-cooked seasonal food and drink and a gift shop.
The Free Entry Day forms part of the arboretum’s programme of annual events, which include a wide range of family and outdoor activities, botanical and horticultural education, and arts and crafts workshops.
Full details are available at www.yorkshirearboretum.org
Pictured: The arboretum in autumn