A remarkable place for people to enjoy and learn about trees - 15,000 specimens from all over the globe offer the perfect setting to escape, relax or have an adventure...
The STIHL Treetop Walkway is now open! Your breathtaking bird’s-eye view of Westonbirt’s wonderful trees!
Images: Paul Groom
We're looking for people to help us deliver a range of activities aimed at enabling young people to engage with the arboretum - it's a rewarding role in beautiful surroundings. Find out more!
We still have tickets available for UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue.
What do other visitors say?
3 Starsjennie and Darren, 24/Apr/2016
Old arboretum was lovely but was deeply disappointed by the silkwood walk which had been spoilt by the fact you allow dogs with poor owners.There were dog bags with waste hanging in a number of branches,dog bags on floor and some owners hadn't bothered at all to pick up their dog waste leaving it on paths.Also dogs not on leads.My partner and I both thought we could of just walked around one of our local woods to see dog waste hanging from trees not paying 9 each.Not all dog owners are the same and respect the environment but they are let down by a lot of inconsiderate dog owners who spoil the countryside.
Forestry Commission Response
Hi there, Thank you for giving us your feedback on your visit to Westonbirt. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your walk around the Old Arboretum. We appreciate your comments on dog ownership and we are working hard to combat the issues you mention. We are currently reviewing our dogs campaign which includes signage to encourage appropriate behaviour and dog training on-site to help ease the behavioural issues that we see regularly at Westonbirt. We are looking at new ways forward as well as raising the profile of the campaign across the site. Our priority lies with delivering a quality experience for all our visitors, but recognise that work still needs to be done to ensure everyone acts appropriately. Thank you for taking the time to get in touch.
5 StarsDavid, 4/Apr/2016
Every time I go it makes me feel happy. You can never get bored. There are really nice and friendly staff, great food and clean facilities.
2 StarsAnonymous, 15/Feb/2016
We visited today and we're very surprised at the changes. The car park and 'welcome' building is too far away from the woods and shop/ restaurant. We did not think the signs for the 'stick man' trail blended well with the natural surroundings. It feels as though Westonbirt is turning into a theme park. We left feeling that the changes were more for commercial reasons and not for the benefit of visitors. How are disabled visitors going to manage the long path up to the woods?
Forestry Commission Response
Hi there, Thank you for your message. If you haven’t visited Westonbirt for a while, you will have noticed a few changes. We have relocated our parking facilities, as previously cars were encroaching on our Grade 1 registered grass land. The grass land is an important ecological habitat and we’ve restored it to its original state, which has had a hugely positive impact on the diversity of flora and fauna at the arboretum, of which we have a volunteer group dedicated to monitoring. We did consult heavily with the Cirencester Access Group on the access for disabled and the elderly. All our plans were consulted on, as well as consultation evenings held. Our all ability path is DDA compliant, we have regular rest benches and free mobility scooter from the Welcome Building. If you are wishing to visit the Old Arboretum, it is easily accessible by turning right at the rear of the Welcome Building and heading straight up Mitchell Drive. We now have excellent all ability access into Silk Wood, with our new Treetop Walkway just a short walk from the Welcome Building. We appreciate your comments on our Stick Man trail. This is a trail run across a large number of Forestry Commission sites and we will make sure to pass this feedback onto the team that co-ordinate these activities. Thank you for taking the time to get in touch.