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NEWS RELEASE No: 1456712 APRIL 2011

Get back to nature this summer with treefest at Westonbirt

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Four days of family fun, music, camping and crafts will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum in Gloucestershire, managed by the Forestry Commission.

The new four-day Treefest will incorporate the best of Westonbirt’s signature summer event, the Festival of the Tree, with exciting new elements including camping, creative workshops and local live music.

Simon Hough, Events Business Manager at Westonbirt commented:

“We are planning a festival that truly celebrates all that our trees and nature inspire.

“The new format will have a focus on family fun, with activities chosen to celebrate the roles trees play in our lives during this, the International Year of Forests.”

Visitors to Treefest will have the rare chance to camp in the stunning National Arboretum. Festival weekend and camping tickets start from £35 for Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum members and must be bought in advance. More details are at

Daily admission is free to Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum members. Standard daily tickets will give access to the exciting daily line-up and also allow free of charge admission to the evening live local music.

Advance discounts on daily tickets can be found on Westonbirt’s website. Advance admission is £8 for concessions, £10 adults and kids go free throughout the event.

Traditional favourites, including wood carving demonstrations and craft sales, will compliment the new activities. Unique works of art will be created to be displayed at the arboretum throughout the year

Hands-on learning, local food, falconry displays, Morris dancing, demonstrations from the Westonbirt tree team and a medieval village add to the festival line up.

The festival will run from 26-29 August, with the daily programme from 10am-5pm and live music taking place until 8pm. More details are available from


  1. Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is part of the Forestry Commission estate and is renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection. Home to the National Japanese Maple (Acer) collection, the National Arboretum covers 243 hectares (600 acres) and contains 16,000 specimens. Visitor numbers are 350,000 a year, with a membership of 27,000. Westonbirt Arboretum was established in the 1850s by wealthy landowner Robert Holford, and later developed by his son George Holford.  Unlike many arboreta, Westonbirt is laid out according to aesthetic appeal rather than scientific or geographical criteria. Westonbirt’s website is

  2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Further information at

  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 27,000 members, other fundraising, and the use of the Great Oak Hall for events and activities. More information at  

Katrina Podlewska, Communications Manager, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, on 01666 881 207 or email: