Nottingham’s historic Arboretum is to undergo a £400,000-transformation including the reopening of its former pub as of next week (21/11/16).

The park, the oldest in the city, will have its grade II listed Waverly Lodge transformed into a café and community room.

Other changes include restoration of the various historic buildings.

The park’s pub, formerly known as the refreshment room which was burned down in 2006, will also be reopened.

The Green Flag award winning park opened in 1852 and still contains original trees planted over 160 years ago.

The project has been jointly funded by the city council and a £50,000 grant from Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN).


  • Nottingham’s oldest park after opening in 1852
  • It was designed by a man called Samuel Curtis and cost £6,554 to design
  • Has been awarded the Green Flag award along with 128 other different places in Nottingham

Councillor Dave Trimble, Nottingham City Council’s portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said; “These improvements funded with the support of WREN will improve visitors’ experience at the Arboretum, and the addition of a café will help attract more people to the park all year round.

“The landscaping on the site of the old Refreshment Rooms will be developed over the next few years and we hope that people will be keen to get involved in helping to create new features to enhance this beautiful historic site.”

We asked visitors to the park if the developments were necessary.