Forestry Commission news release: 16563
Release date: 23.2.16
The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt is encouraging people to sign up for a spring challenge and take part in The Westonbirt 10k.
After a sell-out first year in 2015, the Westonbirt 10k is returning with a different route through the magical tree collection.
Taking place on 24th May, the course will take participants through the ancient and peaceful Silk Wood, followed by the beautiful avenues and vistas in the picturesque landscape of the Old Arboretum.
Anyone who signs up can make a big difference, not just to their fitness and wellbeing, but to the world-class tree collection too! Through collaboration with The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum, runners can choose to sign up for a charity place and run for the trees!
Pledge to raise just £75 sponsorship and in exchange participants will receive free entry, a 10k t-shirt and a pair of tickets to Westonbirts’ signature event, Enchanted Christmas.
Every penny raised is put back into the arboretum, ensuring it can be enjoyed by all for generations to come.
Paul Cody, the Forestry Commission’s Head of Visitor Attraction at Westonbirt commented:
“We were really thrilled with the success of the 2015 10k and are hopeful that as many people will take enjoyment from it again this year.
The arboretum provides the perfect setting to get active outdoors. You don’t have to be a keen runner to take part, whether you’re a beginner or just looking for a personal challenge, anyone can have a go!”
The Westonbirt 10k takes place on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at 7pm.
Race entry is £12 for ARC affiliated runners and £14 for non-affiliated competitors.
Free entry is given to those pledging sponsorship to the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.
The run is open to anyone aged 16 or older and medals will be presented to all participants.
For more information or to book your place please visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt.
NOTES TO EDITOR
1. Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and is renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection. Home to five national collections, the arboretum covers 243 hectares (600 acres) and contains nearly 15,000 labelled specimens. Visitor numbers are 350,000 a year, with a membership of over 27,000. Westonbirt Arboretum was established in the 1850s by wealthy landowner Robert Holford and later developed by his son George Holford. Unlike many arboretums, Westonbirt is laid out according to aesthetic appeal rather than scientific or geographical criteria. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt.
2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Further information can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk.
3. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum was formed in 1985 by a small group of volunteers. Today it raises money to help protect and preserve the arboretum, enhance public enjoyment and knowledge of this world renowned tree collection and secure its sustainable future. The charity raises funds through a membership scheme with over 27,000 Friends, fundraising activities and the hire of the Great Oak Hall. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum is a registered charity (no. 293190). More information at www.fowa.org.uk
Emily Pryor, Communications Manager, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, on 01666 881 207 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org