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The popular Dog Days weekend returns to Westonbirt Arboretum, 26 and 27 February 2011

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, which is managed by the Forestry Commission, will welcome back its canine companions on 26 and 27 February, when it hosts the popular Dog Days weekend.

This year, the search will be on for the prettiest and most handsome pooches when the Scruffts crossbreed dog show returns.

Two guided walks around Westonbirt’s dog-friendly Silk Wood will take place each day, hot drinks and food will be on offer and visitors will be met with stalls, demonstrations, arena displays and specialists providing expert advice on dog nutrition and wellbeing.

Other event favourites include the Swifts flyball display, the Westonbirt Dog Show and the Cani-cross race. The Tailwaggers Club will host the dog Olympics and the Tailwaggers Club display.

Simon Hough, Westonbirt’s events business manager commented:

“Westonbirt Arboretum is popular with dog lovers, with many visitors and their pets exploring the 400 acres of Silk Wood each day. Events like Dog Days celebrate our four-legged friends and help us to provide our dog facilities throughout the year.”

Admission is £7 for adults, £6 concessions and £3 children. Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum go free.

Visit for more information and the latest events timetable.


  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 25,000. 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 by 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 25,000 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: