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NEWS RELEASE No: 1344313 APRIL 2010

Westonbirt rewards visitors this spring

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Family enjoying Spring at Westonbirt

Half price admissions and retail offer for visitors to Westonbirt. The National Arboretum is welcoming spring visitors this year with a special offer on admissions and money-off at its specialist Plant Centre and Forest Shop.

The National Arboretum, managed by the Forestry Commission, is famous for its vibrant spring blooms. Throughout April and May, visitors on ‘Westonbirt Wednesdays’ will be able to see the blossoming collections of rhododendrons, magnolias and bluebells for half price.

Adults pay 4, concessions, 3.50 and pay just 1.50 for children’s admissions.

Visitors will also receive a 1 voucher for the Forest Shop or Plant Centre, valid up until the end of September when you spend over 10.

Staff at the Plant Centre will be able to help you kit out your garden for the summer, you could treat your home to the Forest Shop’s new Westonbirt homeware range or tempt your taste buds with locally produced jams, chutneys and confectionery.

There’s plenty to see and do this spring at The National Arboretum, from international photography exhibitions to wildflower walks and family activities. Take a look at the events pages of for more information.

1. Westonbirt - the National Arboretum is part of the Forestry Commission estate and is renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection. Home to the National Japanese Maple (Acer) collection, the National Arboretum covers 243 hectares (600 acres) and contains 16,000 specimens. Visitor numbers are 350,000 a year, with a membership of 23,000. Westonbirt Arboretum was established in the 1850s by wealthy landowner Robert Holford, and later developed by his son George Holford. Unlike many arboreta, Westonbirt is laid out according to aesthetic appeal rather than scientific or geographical criteria.

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. Further information can be found at

3. Westonbirt – the National Arboretum is part of the Westonbirt Heritage Partnership, which consists of the Forestry Commission, Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt School and the Holfords of Westonbirt Trust. The Partnership plans to reconnect the historic Westonbirt estate, conserve its unique heritage and inspire future visitors through the Westonbirt Project, supported The Heritage Lottery Fund.

4. 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 23,000 members, other fundraising, and the use of the Great Oak Hall for events and activities.

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