Woodlands and gardens
The Arboretum areas to the south of Callendar House are home to exotic trees, Rhododendron
and other shrubs. In the 1970s, the George Forrest Collection added a number of
new plants to the gardens. Forrest was a Falkirk-born plant hunter who spent a number
of years exploring in China at the turn of last century, finding thousands of exotic
and rare species to bring back to the UK for planting and further study. Various
finds including Rhododendrons, Maple (Acer forrestii) and Pieris (Pieris forrestii
'Wakehurst') are now found thriving in the Park.
The Forbes Mausoleum, designed
by Archibald Elliot in 1816, is an imposing construction in the Greek Doric style.
The mausoleum is located to the south east of Callendar House in a circular enclosure
with a stone wall and surrounding ditch.
Callendar Wood occupies the southern half
of the estate. The wood is managed by the Forestry Commission. It is a Listed Scottish
Wildlife Trust and Wildlife Site and has a number of interesting historical artefacts
and a series of way marked trails and bridleways.