Anything of significance that happens to any of our 14,902 labelled specimen trees is recorded onto our tree database.
The key to looking after world leading plant collections is a comprehensive database that contains all current information.
All Westonbirt Arboretum's trees are given a unique ID number which allows us to track its management both through propagation and in the collection itself. This unique number can be found in the top left hand corner of its identification label. This information is the background of the Westonbirt Interactive Map amongst many other uses.
Management plans: checks and balances
Westonbirt Arboretum operates with a number of management plans to ensure that the site is managed to a professional standard. As a guide we measure our performance of specimen trees against The Darwin Technical Manual for Botanic Gardens.
As part of the Forestry Commission we also have to meet the requirements of the United Kingdom Woodland Assurance Scheme (UKWAS).
The UKWAS scheme is particularly applicable to the ancient semi natural woodland areas that are contained within the boundaries of both collections. Part of the UKWAS scheme has a system of regular audits to ensure that the various standards are being met.
Westonbirt's Acquisition Policy covers both Silk Wood and the Old Arboretum and supports both the Convention on Biodiversity and the Convention on the Trade in Endangered Species. Whilst the Acquisition Policy can cover Silk Wood and the Old Arboretum, the Accession Policies need to be tailored towards each area.