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NEWS RELEASE No: 162387 APRIL 2014

Dates announced for Westonbirt’s signature summer event, Treefest

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Tickets have gone on sale for Treefest (23 – 25 August 2014) at the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Gloucestershire.

Treefest, Westonbirt’s signature summer event, attracts around 20,000 visitors each year. The event takes place across the August Bank Holiday weekend and celebrates nature, trees, woodcraft and family fun with activities, exhibitors and live music.

This year the festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary, having been developed from the original ‘Sculptree’ tree carving event in the early 1990s.
2014’s Treefest will celebrate this heritage as well as introduce new entertainment and displays to the packed three day schedule. Activities such as falconry displays and archery will return to the festival this year and the newly named Westonbirt at Work exhibitor’s area will be expanded to illustrate the journey of wood to visitors, including guided walks around the area.

Big carving has always been a highlight of the festival programme and this year the carver’s will focus on creating benches inspired by wildlife.

Children activities include Treefrog climbing, zip wires and, new this year, den building, where children can learn why we need shelters, what materials to use and build their own dens in the trees.

In 2013, Treefest introduced a new Food Hall to offer visitors tasty delights, this year the team have joined forces with Love Food Festival to expand the offer and showcase treats from 30 local producers.

New and more diverse catering outlets will also join the festival, with vegetarian world cuisine by Café Chameleon, strawberries and creams teas from The Strawberry Chariot, local organic burgers, sausages and bacon from Peradon Farm, Stroud Brewery and Winstones Ice Cream.

Adult tickets are £15 per person, concessions at £12 and children under 18 go free. Members of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum receive a 50 per cent discount with adult tickets priced at £7.50 per person and concessions at £6.

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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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Emily Pryor, Marketing Support Officer, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, on 01666 881 207 or email:

Dani Marlborough, Senior Consultant, Spirit Public Relations on 0117 944 1415 or email: