7 February 2014
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum will be offering families the chance to explore some fascinating, useful and very beautiful trees this February, when it holds its Conifer Capers event from 18 – 20 February.
The event, which will run from 10.30am to 3.30pm on each of the three days, will take families on a trail around the arboretum to discover some of the most fascinating conifers in the tree collection.
The trail will finish at the learning centre, where the Forestry Commission’s team of staff and volunteers will be on hand to help families with some very creative cone crafts, including the chance to design a conifer landscape collage and make pinecone monsters.
Caroline Bennett, The Forestry Commission’s learning assistant at Westonbirt Arboretum said:
“February is the ideal time of year to wrap up warm and explore our collection of conifers. Whilst other trees have bare branches, the conifers continue to delight visitors throughout the winter season. Many of these trees have come to us from all over the globe, and some are endangered in their native habitats.”
Conifer Capers runs from 10.30am to 3.30pm from Tuesday 18 February to Thursday 20 February. The event is included in the cost of admission, which is currently £5 for adults, £4 for concessions and £2 for children. Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum get free admission.
NOTES TO EDITOR
Image: Pine cone monster created at Westonbirt Arboretum, credit Gina Mills, Forestry Commission
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. The charity’s objects are to support the National Arboretum in promoting public understanding of the crucial role of trees to the environment and society. It is funded by membership receipts from over 28,000 members, other fundraising, and the use of the Great Oak Hall for events and activities. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum is a registered charity (no. 293190). More information at www.fowa.org.uk
Gina Mills, Communications Manager, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, on 01666 881321 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org