The Arboretum is a wonderful destination for those seeking peace and tranquillity.

A place to wander at leisure. The upper path of the Arboretum leads to a viewing area from which there are magnificent views across the Parish sea to Cumbria.

Visit and sit by the Arnhem Oak, grown from a seed gathered in the Dutch town around which the famous Second World War battle took place.

As a result of his bravery in that battle, Manxman, Major Robert Henry Cain, was in receipt of the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to commonwealth forces.

During the Battle of Arnhem from 17 September to 25 September 1944, Major Cain’s company was cut off from the battalion and throughout the whole of this time was closely engaged with enemy tanks, self-propelled guns and infantry. The Major made sure that he was everywhere danger threatened his men, moving among them, and encouraging them to hold out.

PICT0114-250By his leadership he not only stopped but demoralized the enemy attacks and although he was suffering from a perforated ear-drum and multiple wounds, he refused medical attention.

After Arnhem, he oversaw the German surrender in Norway, another country with strong Manx connections.

The Arboretum is open every day throughout the year.