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NEWS RELEASE No: 1658720 MAY 2016

Become a Global Explorer at Westonbirt this half term!

Children enjoying Westonbirt

Explore trees from around the world at Forestry Commission England’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt this half term.

Children can embark on their own plant hunting expedition on the summer family trail [from 1 June – 31 Aug] taking on a series of skilled challenges to achieve the esteemed Plant Hunter title!

Kids can learn to navigate their way through the woodland using moss, measure trees using people, sticks and their own legs, and solve clues along the way to seek out the hidden trees.

During half term families can join the fun with our Global Explorer event from Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd June. After conquering the Plant Hunter expedition on our family trail, children can get crafty making tissue paper rhododendrons, collage map trees or stitch their own Plant Hunter journey!

For a final hurrah, take on our giant map! Try and map each tree to its native country, or combat the colouring sheet to learn more about where the trees at Westonbirt come from!

Caroline Bennett, Learning Officer commented:

“This summer Westonbirt is transformed into a plant hunter’s paradise! It’s a fantastic opportunity for families to learn just how much the Victorian plant hunters had to overcome to bring these amazing exotic trees back to Britain for us all to enjoy!

"We’ve got a fantastic family trail running from June until August and our Global Explorer event kicks off a summer season of plant hunter themed events for all ages to enjoy!”

Family events are included in the cost of admission, which is currently £9 for adults, £6 for concessions and £3 for children. Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum members receive free admission.

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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 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 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 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

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.

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  
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Emily Beaumont-Pryor, Communications Manager, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, on 0300 067 4851 or email: