Use Places & People to search over 6,600 parks and gardens in the UK and 2,100 biographies of people associated with them. Image location: Bedgebury National Pinetum

Learn about the rich heritage of parks and gardens in Topics.
Image location: Powis Castle

Follow News & Events, updated regularly with the latest information affecting historic parks and gardens. Image location: Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Visit the Schools for ideas and activities to encourage the interest of children and young people in their local parks. Image location: Trentham

Join us as a volunteer and Research & Record historic parks and gardens in your area.
Image location: Cirencester Abbey

View the Illustrated Glossary which provides definitions and accompanying images for terms and concepts associated with historic parks and gardens. Image location: Pannett Park

Site is open to the public. Opening may be limited, please check Visitor Information for any restrictions.


Brief description of site

An arboretum was begun in 1953 when Lord Montgomery planted a walnut tree and a horse chestnut. A succession of eminent people who stayed at the White House planted trees over a period of 25 years. In the 1930s the Great Oak Garden was designed around a 500-year-old oak tree and the Rose Garden also dates from this time. The estate is now managed by LB Waltham Forest and the White House is Haven House Children's Hospice.

Brief history of site

The site was acquired from the Highams estate in 1905 and the villa was built to a design of CFA Voysey for Lady Henry Somerset the following year. Lt. Col. Sir Stuart Mallinson was the owner from 1925-81 during which time he expanded the estate and by 1933 it was 25 acres.

Location information:

Address: High Road, Woodford Green, IG8 9LB

Locality: Greater London

Local Authorities:

Greater London

Historical County: Essex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 177 Grid Ref: TQ396916
Latitude: 51.6059 Longitude: 0.0144746


Tube: Woodford, South Woodford (Central) then bus. Bus: 20, 179, 275, W13

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

There is access to the arboretum by prior appointment or on occasional open days.

Key information:

Form of site: arboretum

Purpose of site: arboretum

Context or principal building: hospice

Site first created: After 1905

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Print preview