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Holford Ride, Westonbirt Arboretum

About Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, is located in Gloucestershire, three miles from the Cotswold market town of Tetbury.

The historic, Victorian picturesque landscape and internationally important tree and shrub collection is managed by the Forestry Commission and supported by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.

The 15,000 labelled trees (around 2,500 different types of tree) come from Britain, China, North America, Japan, Chile and other temperate climates. Planting started in the 1850s by Robert Holford; the rich Victorian landowner to whom the Westonbirt estate belonged.

Within the 17 miles of accessible paths and five national collections, children become young adventurers, adults connect with trees through guided walks, workshops, self-led trails or volunteering.

Westonbirt Arboretum consists of three main areas. The Old Arboretum (a dog free zone) is a carefully designed landscape dating from the 1850s offering beautiful vistas, stately avenues and trees from around the world.

Silk Wood (dog-friendly) is an ancient, semi-natural woodland which has exotic plantings throughout its landscape, whilst the Grade I registered Downs hosts species-rich grassland and is a great picnicking location. 

Westonbirt attracts over 400,000 visitors per year and is known worldwide for its spectacular autumn colour and the spring rhododendron, azalea and magnolia displays. The arboretum is popular for groups, individuals and educational visits.

Popular events include the Forest Live concerts programme, Treefest and the Enchanted Christmas illuminated trail.

Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum members are also invited to talks, walks and special members' events.

Find out how you can support the arboretum by becoming a member.

You can also find Westonbirt Arboretum on Facebook or follow @WestonbirtArb on Twitter.

Introductions to Westonbirt are also available in French, German and Japanese.

Last updated: 1st November 2016

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.