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Friends of Westonbirt

The friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

Join today - Support Westonbirt and visit for free for a year.

Explore Westonbirt, The National Arboretum
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.9/5)

An internationally renowned tree collection, heritage landscape and fantastic location for playing, walking, relaxing and learning about nature. What will Westonbirt Arboretum be to you?

Events and news

Events and news, workshops, guided walks, ideas for your visit and Forest Live concert booking information...

Planning your visit

Directions, details about food and drink onsite, the plant centre and shop, facilities, accessibility, admission prices and information for groups to help plan your visit.

For families

There's something every day for families at Westonbirt - from play trails to school holiday activities. Kids go free from 23 July - 31 August 2014.

Tree collection and heritage landscape

Find out what's looking good and when. The diversity and history of Westonbirt's tree collection and heritage landscape is astonishing - every tree provides a link to the past or future.

Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

Join the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum and visit for free with great value annual or 10 year membership, whilst supporting this world-class tree collection.

Education and learning

Visit the education and learning pages to book led or self-led visits for your school, or download activities to to take on your visit.

The Westonbirt Project

The Westonbirt Project will create a better welcome, visit and understanding of Westonbirt Arboretum. Work has started and will be completed by summer 2014 - find out more on the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum website.

Volunteering and partnerships

Find out about how volunteering and partnerships support Westonbirt Arboretum.

What do other visitors say?

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the Cafe!! honestly when will you get both tills working, we queued for half an hour for a coffee in Maples, on saturday afternoon, it was havoc, dirty tables and crockery everywhere, by the time we had sat down the sun had gone, in! I visit regularly and only one till of two ever seems to be open

Anonymous, 13/Jan/2014

We are sorry to hear that you found your experience of the Westonbirt Restaurant to be disappointing. The second till is brought into operation when the arboretum is extremely busy, but sometimes busy periods are hard to plan for as they depend upon weather conditions to some extent. We will of course pass your comments about the service onto the franchise holder, who is keen that customer feedback is acted upon.

Forestry Commission Response

The recent change in the later weekend opening time was really disappointing to see. As an FOWA member and a local resident, at weekends I regularly took the opportunity to visit early, before breakfast, to enjoy some exercise in the safety and tranquillity of the arboretum tracks, away from roads and traffic. The only facilities required, being the tracks and woodland of the arboretum. Your later opening time makes this impractical which is a real shame. And for me takes away one of the benefits of the FOWA membership.

Anonymous, 13/Jan/2014

We are sorry that you are disappointed by the change to the weekend opening hours. It has been necessary to change the opening times to 9am on weekends, in line with weekdays, principally to give staff chance to check, clean and maintain the visitor facilities adequately. Also, we are a pay-to-enter, publicly-owned, not-for-profit organisation and it is important that we safeguard our income, and the membership fees which many of our regular users pay; therefore there is a need to make sure that we open when we are fully staffed and ready to check membership cards or take payment. We are very sorry if this inconveniences you in any way and I do hope you will continue to come and enjoy Westonbirt and support us in our work.

Forestry Commission Response

need info pls on how to join or get membership card for you... as I visit a lot with the dogs and its becoming expensive!! can you advise me how I go about it please?

maggie collier, 4/Jan/2014

Hi Maggie - visit www.fowa.org.uk or call 01666 880148 to find out more about becoming a Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum member. You can also join in person at the Great Oak Hall next time you visit.

Forestry Commission Response
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Last updated: 04/08/2014

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What's Here?

  • Arboreta
  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toliets
  • Dogs
  • Dogs are free to roam Silk Wood. We ask dogs to be kept on a lead near the cafe/ restaurant and shop. The Old Arboretum is a dog free zone.
  • Walking
  • Hard paths can be found throughout the arboretum. Call 01666 881218 to book an electric scooter or manual wheelchair.
  • Wildlife
  • The bird viewing area can be found near Holly Bush Gate in the Old Arboretum.
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: ST851898
Postcode: GL8 8QS

Get directions

Contact

Westonbirt Arboretum

01666 880220
westonbirt@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Open all year round
9am - 5pm
Arboretum stays open until 8pm between 1 April-31 August

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