Sponsors, Partners and Links

The Yorkshire Arboretum and Ray Wood are managed and maintained by the Castle Howard Arboretum Trust, established as a registered charity in 1996 for this purpose. With grand ambitions and limited funds we have always had to seek external funding and, over the years, many institutions, corporations and individuals have generously supported us, enabling us to achieve our aims of Inspiration, Education and Conservation.

On this page we gratefully acknowledge our current supporters, sincerely thanking them, and several others who wish to remain anonymous, for their generous contributions.


Organisations that have supported us in various way:


The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers  sponsored Furniture Makers Walk and the interpretation boards about it.



Buglife UK The Invertebrate Conservation Trust is the only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates. They supported the development of the wildflower meadows as part of the B-lines project LINK and sponsored a leaflet about them with funding from the SITA Trust.



SITA UK  an ethical funding organisation dedicated to making lasting improvements to the natural environment and community life.



The Peter Sowerby Foundation supports medical research and healthcare provision, education, and community and the environment. They sponsored the creation of the arboretum's geographical information system and interactive map. 



Corporate Sponsors

Our corporate sponsors support our work in return for corporate membership benefits.

Current Corporate Sponsors are:

Shepherd Group


Administration Service Ltd


Vertigrow.  A York based plant nursery who sponsor our Open Gardens leaflet

If you are interested in finding out more about corporate sponsorship please contact Mathew Harrison here.


Private Donors:

We are enormously grateful to a large number of private donors who have contributed to the trust funds, either for a specific project or through our tree adoption, bench sponsorship and legacy schemes. All donors who contribute at least £250 are given the opportunity to have an engraved leaf on our Supporters' Tree which can be seen in the Visitor Centre.

Partner Organisations:

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew  were instrumental in the formation of the Castle Howard Arboretum Trust and are represented by three nominated members on our Board of Trustees.

Castle Howard Our landlords and are represented by three nominated members on our Board of Trustees.

Howardian Hills AONB  We are in the middle of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and work closely with them to promote the area, particularly to children and young people.

Plant Heritage The National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, organisers of the national collections of plants of which we hold two.

Royal Horticultural Society We are proud to be a Partner Garden of The Royal Horticultural Society.

National Garden Scheme We take part in The National Garden Scheme raising money for cancer, and other, charities.

International Dendrology Society The International Dendrology Society promote the study and enjoyment of trees and other woody plants

YGHCG  We are one of Yorkshire’s Great Houses, Castles and Gardens

Useful Links:

Days Out With The Kids  Lots of ideas for things to do with the family

I Know Yorkshire  A useful site if you are looking for accommodation in the area

Brickyard Lakes Holiday Park Peaceful touring and residential holiday park in Amotherby, North Yorkshire