Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is one of the world’s finest collections of trees and shrubs, with over 3,000 species and 16,000 specimens growing in 600 acres of beautiful historic Grade I listed landscape.  Together with Bedgebury National Pinetum in Kent it forms the Forestry Commission’s two National Arboreta. Started in the hey day of Victorian plant hunting today the arboretum holds five National Collections (maples, walnuts, limes, bladdernuts and maple cultivars) and has over 80 champion trees – the largest of their kind in Britain. Our mission is ‘to connect people with trees to improve the quality of life’ by enabling all our visitors to appreciate the beauty and wonder of trees and their importance to society. For more information about the arboretum please see www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt

westonbirt2Famed for its autumn colour the arboretum receives over 350,000 visits per year, as well as a further 10,000 visits by formal students of all ages. Learning in its broadest sense is an essential part of Westonbirt and we have a dedicated learning and participation team (ably supported by over 200 volunteers) responsible for managing a wide variety of activities and programmes; from schools to family events, interpretation to community engagement and volunteering. Fundamental to all our work is promoting learning about, and participation with trees and our natural landscapes. For more information about our learning programmes please see www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-94vg9g

The arboretum has been fortunate to win funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a significant expansion of our learning and participation activities. This includes development of a new welcome building and arrival and new activities aimed at expanding our work with people and communities. For more information on our Westonbirt project please see www.fowa.org.uk/

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