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Family trees - Mothering Sunday activities at the National Arboretum

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Child holding a picture frame made at an event

Westonbirt – the National Arboretum, which is managed by the Forestry Commission, will hold family activities on March 14 to celebrate Mothering Sunday.

Children can create a natural gift for their mothers and explore the connections between trees and families through special craft activities and a Family Trees trail.

Chris Meakin, Education Supervisor, commented:

“Throughout the world trees are often used as symbols for mothers, families and love. Westonbirt is a great place to find out more about these stories and learn about the many connections trees have with all walks of life.”

Activities on the day include making natural photo frames and origami boxes in which to display a natural gift from the arboretum.

The Mothering Sunday event runs from 10.30 to 3.00 p.m. and is free after admission.

Westonbirt is open all year round, from 9am-5pm. From 1 March to 30 September, admission to the arboretum is 8 for adults, 7 concessions and 3 children.

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. Image caption: Creating a natural gift at Westonbirt. Credit to FC Picture Library / John McFarlane.

  2. Westonbirt - The National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and renowned world-wide 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 360,000 a year, with a membership of over 23,000.

  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 350 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.

  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 information, please contact Katrina Podlewska, Communications Manager, Westonbirt, the National Arboretum, on 01666 881 207 or email: