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NEWS RELEASE No: 1591127 MARCH 2013


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Tickets have today (2 April 2013) gone on sale for Treefest (24 – 26 August 2013) at the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Gloucestershire.

Treefest, Westonbirt’s signature summer event, celebrates nature, trees, woodcraft and family fun with activities and exhibitors showcased across the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Advance adult (£10) and concession (£8) tickets save up to 20 per cent on gate prices. Fantastic value weekend tickets are just £24 per person. Members of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum and children go free and great group rates are also available.

Alongside over 100 craft exhibitors and a Food Hall filled with delicious produce, woodworking will be celebrated with a larger Working Woodlands exhibitor area and opportunities for visitors to try traditional woodcraft skills for themselves.

Big carving will return, with this year’s sculptors creating pieces inspired by fairytales, whilst family fun discovering a world of wooden wonders will take place across the weekend.

Families can follow a trail around the festival to enjoy storytellers and puppet theatre, watch falconry and – new to this year’s event – see axe carving and racing from The Welsh Axemen.

Local live music performed by bands from across the south west will also be on offer until 8pm on Saturday and Sunday and 5pm on Monday.

Camping for Treefest weekend ticket holders takes place in a newly refurbished Camping and Caravanning Club accredited site at The Holford Arms in the nearby village of Knockdown.

Just 1.5 miles from the arboretum, the campsite offers modern facilities and a family friendly, country pub atmosphere. A free shuttle bus will operate every morning and evening for campers wishing to travel to Treefest without taking their cars.

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Treefest 2012. Credit to Jamie Koster/ 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 the National Japanese Maple Collection, the arboretum covers 243 hectares (600 acres) and contains 16,000 specimens. Visitor numbers are over 350,000 a year, with a membership of over 28,000. 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

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.  Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.  Further information can be found 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 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  

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