Westonbirt, The National Arboretum and the University of Gloucestershire are working in partnership thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding signed in autumn 2010.
This agreement formalises the existing working relationship and plans to integrate the facilities and expertise at Westonbirt into the university’s academic plans.
It is hoped that a range of subjects and students will benefit and that the partnership will help to develop Westonbirt Arboretum's community and educational links.
Subjects involved in the partnership range from illustration to landscape design and marketing.
Staff also hope to collaborate on a number of community projects inspired by the Victorian plant collectors in Westonbirt’s history, the inspiration of trees and climate change.
Paul Drake, Executive Director of External Relations at the University of Gloucestershire, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with The National Arboretum, and are looking forward to developing a range of academic and community projects to enhance not only the student experience but enrich that of staff and the public alike.”
Simon Toomer, Westonbirt Arboretum Director, commented: “We are very excited about our developing relationship with the University of Gloucestershire. It is the perfect opportunity to inspire the next generation about the importance of trees as well as giving us the chance to use the University’s staff and students’ experiences to create fresh approaches to engaging with our visitors.”
Find out more on the University of Gloucestershire's website.