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Wedding couple outside the Great Oak Hall at Westonbirt

‘Weddings at Westonbirt’ open day - Sunday 21st March 2010

Westonbirt – the National Arboretum, which is managed by the Forestry Commission, will show how it can be the perfect place to tie the knot when it hosts the ‘Weddings at Westonbirt’ open day in the Great Oak Hall on Sunday 21 March.

The stunning Cotswolds location, set in 600 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, sets the scene for a romantic day to remember.

Westonbirt weddings and civil partnership ceremonies take place in the medieval-style, timber-framed and environmentally friendly Great Oak Hall, against the backdrop of world-famous trees. It’s not only a unique venue but also a photographer’s dream.

From 10am-4pm come in and discuss your wishes with Westonbirt’s expert staff and outside advisors, and enter the free prize draw.

As well as seeing the venue first-hand you’ll also be able to talk with specialists about flowers, vintage cars, photography, beautician opportunities and cake and table decorations. Everything can be managed on site – from the ceremony itself to superb catering by Maples restaurant. Let the stress dissolve away and have a simply wonderful day.

For open day information please email For further information about ceremonies at Westonbirt Arboretum, contact the wedding co-ordinator on 01666 881215, visit or email Entry to the open day event is free.
Westonbirt is open all year round, from 9am-5pm. During spring and summer, admission to the arboretum is £8 for adults, £7 concessions and £3 children. In 2010, there will be no admission charge for children during July and August, under Westonbirt’s summer ‘Kids Go Free’ promotion.

Westonbirt Arboretum is three miles south west of Tetbury on the A433 (Tetbury to Bath Road). It is 10 miles north-east of Junction 18 of the M4, and south-east of junction 13 of the M5.



  1. Images of Westonbirt Arboretum’s weddings attached. Please credit: Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.

  2. Westonbirt - The National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection. It contains nearly 16,000 specimens, including almost half of the woody plants known to grow in the world's temperate climate zone. It covers 600 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Its importance is recognised by English Heritage's Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historical Interest as a Grade 1 registered Landscape. Visitor numbers are 350,000 a year, with a membership of over 21,000.

  3. Westonbirt Arboretum was established in the 1850s by wealthy landowner Robert Holford, and later developed by his son George Holford.  Much of Westonbirt's renowned autumn colour is credited to Sir George's plantings of Japanese maples between 1875 and 1900, many of which are still alive today. Unlike many arboreta, Westonbirt is laid out according to aesthetic appeal rather than scientific or geographical criteria, and the Holfords' legacy is open for all to enjoy - a beautiful, relaxing and unique day out among some of the tallest, oldest and rarest trees and shrubs in Britain.

  4. Westonbirt is home to the National Japanese Maple (Acer) Collection, with over 300 different types in the collection. The Forestry Commission opened Westonbirt Arboretum to the public in 1961, and in 1966 a new Acer Glade was established, alongside the original one planted by Robert and George Holford in 1875. Today, Westonbirt is in the process of creating the world’s best collection of maples.

  5. 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

  6. For further media information, please contact Katrina Podlewska, Communications Manager, Westonbirt - The National Arboretum, on 01666 881 207 or email: