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Children in the Arboretum in snow, c 1898

The Arboretum was opened to the public May 11, 1852. It comprised seventeen acres, and presented within itself a landscape, Aviary, a People's Park, and an ornamental Garden. The Nottingham Enclosure Act 1845 enclosed fields and meadows, used by the burgesses of freeholders of the City to graze their animals, and to compensate for the loss of open space used for recreation, allotted space for a se…