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The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt is encouraging runners to take part in their new summer event, the Westonbirt 10k.
Taking place on Monday 8 June, the route will take participants through both the Old Arboretum and Silk Wood, offering the perfect opportunity to get active whilst enjoying the wonderful Westonbirt landscape.
Runners can also play their part in supporting the world renowned tree collection at Westonbirt by pledging sponsorship to the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum charity, in return for free race entry.
The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum raises money to help protect and preserve the arboretum whilst enhancing public enjoyment of the tree collection and securing its long term future.
Paul Cody, the Forestry Commission’s Head of Visitor Attraction at Westonbirt commented:
“Westonbirt is the perfect place to enjoy some outdoor activity, so we are really excited about the 10k becoming part of our events calendar.
“It’s a no-pressure run and participants of all abilities are encouraged to come and give it a go!”
The Westonbirt 10k takes place on 8 June 2015 at 7pm.
Race entry is £12 for ARC affiliated runners and £14 for non affiliated competitors. Free entry is given to those pledging sponsorship to the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum charity.
The run is open to anyone aged 16 or older and medals will be presented to all participants.
For more information or to book your place please visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt.
NOTES TO EDITOR
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 by a small group of volunteers. Today it raises money to help protect and preserve the arboretum, enhance public enjoyment and knowledge of this world renowned tree collection and secure its sustainable future. The charity raises funds through a membership scheme with over 27,000 Friends, fundraising activities and the hire of the Great Oak Hall. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum is a registered charity (no. 293190). More information at www.fowa.org.uk
4. The Westonbirt Project will make a big difference to everybody who comes to the arboretum. The project will mean a better welcome, a better visit and a better understanding of the heritage and importance of this world class tree collection. More information can be found at www.westonbirtproject.co.uk.
Emily Pryor, Communications Manager, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, on 01666 881 207 or email: email@example.com