Thanks to its long history Goodnestone Park is blessed with a selection of wonderful old trees. Perhaps the most prominent is the ancient cedar of Lebanon, Cedrus libani, that stands on a raised lawn to the north of the house’s main entrance. It dates from around the time that the house was built and as well as having had its top blown out in a storm half a century ago it has lost many branches to the weight of winter snow.
At the end of the lawn to the south-west of the house is an enormous sweet chestnut, Castanea sativa which is even older. The woodland garden contains more enormous sweet chestnut and oaks, as well as a magnificent southern beech, Nothofagus fusca, which is not only unusual but the largest in the UK. The nothofagus, an unusual free-standing evergreen magnolia, Magnolia grandiflora, which has achieved majestic size, and two other rarities Abelia triflora, and a cut-leaf alder, Alnus glutinosa ‘Imperialis’, were all planted between the wars by Emmy FitzWalter.
As well as the many varieties in the Arboretum, notable trees planted during the last thirty years include a fine tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, an unusual cut-leaf copper beech, Fagus sylvatica ‘Rohanii’, and an outstanding example of the variegated Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’.