Westonbirt Arboretum


Prologue

Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire, visited by over 350,000 people every year, is the home of the National Arboretum collection of trees. It started life in the nineteenth century when Robert Holford and his son Sir George Holford started to plant up large parts of their 600-acre estate. It was originally designed as an epic landscape garden and now retains its aesthetic beauty whilst serving a scientific purpose as part of the National Arboreta currently managed by the Forestry Commission.

Westonbirt’s largest tree is a 150ft (45m) Giant Redwood (Sequoriadendrum giganteum) and its oldest a small-leaved lime coppice approximately 2,000 years old! It is a home to over 100 trees that are rare, endangered or even extinct in the wild and can boast 130 ‘British Champions,’ the finest specimens of their type in the country.

A network of 27 km of footpath allows access through the woods, home to 900 species of fungi and 245 species of herbaceous flowering plants. Westonbirt provides a relaxing escape into nature allowing you to spend from 20 minutes to a whole day soaking in the ambience. The arboretum is also a safe place for children to wander and to explore an exciting and diverse woodland environment.