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Go 'Barking Mad' this February half term at Westonbirt Arboretum

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Acer griseum bark Westonbirt

Westonbirt, The National ArboretumThe Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt is offering families the chance to discover the wonders of tree bark from 17 – 19 February.

The drop-in family event will run from 10.30am – 3.30pm each day where children can take to the trail and explore the textures, colours and patterns of bark of different trees in the arboretum. They will also uncover fascinating stories about the importance of bark along the way.

The trail will run through the Old Arboretum and finish up at the Learning Centre where there will be fun craft activities making doodle trees, bark pebbles and newspaper bark collage.

Caroline Bennett, Learning Officer at Westonbirt Arboretum said:

“Bark really comes into its own during winter and is truly mesmerising to look at and to touch! With a fun trail and craft activities, it’s a great way to spend a family day out and learn a little more about the world of trees at the arboretum.”

The event is included in the cost of admission, which is currently £5 for adults, £4 for concessions and £2 for children. Friends of Westonbirt

Arboretum get 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 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

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

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  

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

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Emily Pryor, Communications Manager, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, on 01666 881 207 or email: