Arboretum Al Gaulhia visitor guide

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The Arboretum Al Gaulhia is an arboretum in the Espartignac commune, near Uzerche in the Correze department. Having been open to the public for six years, the Arboretum Al Gaulhia is now officially classified as a 'remarkable garden' in France, an important accolade that reflects the time and effort that has gone into creating the arboretum.

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France This Way review: we have always loved the countryside in Corrèze, so a chance to also enjoy an arboretum in this setting is very welcome!

The Arboretum Al Gailhia covers almost 10 hectares of Corrèze countryside. The guiding principle of the arboretum is to create an environment that combines water and trees and is looked after in order to also encourage and protect both the wildlife and the environment.

There are several different aspects to the Arboretum Al Guilhia.

As a backdrop to the park there are a large number of interesting trees, many from around the world, and including for example sequoias, magnolias and many others as well as the chestnuts that are the tree more associated with the Corrèze. Because of the variety the garden is listed as an "ensemble arboré remarquable" ("remarkable enseble of trees").

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There are various ponds and small lakes in the arboretum, each having its own character and range of plants and flowers, including impressive giant lotus plants and these are one of the highlights of a visit. There is also a large collection of about 80 different bamboo plants with a remarkable range of sizes and colours.

The mix of landscapes - woodland, lakes, peat bogs, meadows - means that there is also a wide range of wildlife such as many types of birds, as well as fish, lizards, salamanders and small mammals - and innumerable species of insects.

Opening Hours and Visiting

The arboretum is open every day from 15 June - 15 September, from 2.30pm. Price of enry is 4 euros, or 6 euros if you are also bringing a picnic to enjoy in the picnic area. Dogs are admitted but must be kept on a lead at all times.

The Arboretum is on the D920E between Espartignac and Ceyrat.

You can learn more about the arboretum and visitor information at arboretum-algaulhia

Attractions nearby

Another interesting garden can be visited at the Jardins de Colette, near Brive about 30 kilometres south of the Arboretum Al Gaulhia.

There are several exceptional historic towns and villages in this region, with our favourites including Uzerche, Tulle and Treignac.

You can find more travel ideas in the Correze guide and the Limousin guide.

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