Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, is based in Gloucestershire and located three miles from the traditional Cotswolds market town of Tetbury.
The 15,000 labelled trees (around 2,500 different types of tree) come from Britain, China, North America, Japan, Chile and other temperate climates. Planting started in the 1850s by Robert Holford; the rich Victorian landowner to whom the Westonbirt estate belonged.
Westonbirt Arboretum consists of three main areas. The Old Arboretum (a dog free area) is a carefully designed landscape dating from the 1850s offering beautiful vistas, stately avenues and trees from around the world.
Silk Wood is an ancient, semi-natural woodland which has exotic plantings throughout its landscape, whilst the Grade I registered Downs hosts species-rich grassland and is a great picnicking location. Download the map to plan your route around.
Westonbirt attracts over 350,000 visits per year and is known worldwide for its spectacular autumn colour and the spring rhododendron, azalea and magnolia displays. The arboretum is popular for groups, individuals and educational visits.
Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum are also invited to talks, walks and special member events.
With the new Welcome Building, Westonbirt is committed to developing the arboretum for the future and fundraising for Phase Two of the Westonbirt Project is now underway. This phase will give visitors an exciting new perspective on trees and allow us to better care for the arboretum’s important collection.
Find out how you can support the arboretum by becoming a member.