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Discovering our trees

There are a number of methods available to help you find the particular specimen or species you're looking for. 

Westonbirt tree label.Labels

Nearly all of our specimens have a black (or blue if they are champion trees) label, giving a scientific and or common name and a unique number.

The unique number is in the top left-hand corner, the first two digits are the section number and the next four are the tree's individual number.

The unique number is linked to our GIS database and helps with our tree management. It can also be used by visitors to locate trees using the Westonbirt Interactive Map. Some more modern labels also give the family, native range and when the tree was planted (if known). 

What's looking good now?

Visitors at Westonbirt ArboretumEach season we devise seasonal guide maps around the Old Arboretum and Silk Wood with stops which highlight some of our specimens and the fascinating stories that surround them. 

Pick up your seasonal guide from the Welcome Building, where you'll also find our Window On Westonbirt (WOW) selection which shows the plants looking their best at the time of your visit. This is updated every two weeks by our knowledgable guides.

Finding specific trees

Westonbirt interactive mapIf you are looking for a specific species you can use the Westonbirt Interactive Map. This system allows you to search our database and locate trees on a map which you can print out and bring with you. If you don't have a computer at home, you can look at the map using the Welcome Building computer.

The personal touch

Volunteer Mike Westgate taking a group on a guided walk in Westonbirt Arboretum GloucestershireThe Welcome Building information desk is manned by knowledgeable volunteers every day (except Christmas Day) between 10am-4pm. 

Volunteer-led guided walks take place on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays (11am from Welcome Building, 2pm from outside Great Oak Hall) and on Wednesdays (11am from Welcome Building).

These last approximately 2 hours and provide a great introduction to Westonbirt as well as highlighting some of our special trees. A number of other themed walks are also available, visit the events listings page for more details.

Last updated: 1st May 2018


Westonbirt Arboretum

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What's of interest

Find out more about the national tree health work undertaken by the Forestry Commission

Find a specific tree using the Westonbirt Interactive Map

Do you have an arboricultural question? Find out who can help here

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England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.