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People and Place - KS3

This programme is designed for KS3 students studying tourism and the impacts and interactions between people and place.  It provides a range of activities that enable students to explore the needs of different user groups at the arboretum, how to achieve a balance between those needs and suggestions for how Westonbirt can be managed sustainably.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme students should be able to:

  • Identify different visitor and user groups and recognise their conflicting demands
  • Distinguish between positive and negative effects of tourism for the arboretum
  • Make suggestions for the management of tourism at the arboretum to ensure a sustainable future
  • Engage and take part in discussions exploring ideas and opinions about a range of issues affecting tourism at Westonbirt


Words and phrases related to:

  • Economic activity – e.g. tourism, seasonal, social, primary, MEDC (more economically developed country)
  • The environment – e.g. economic and environmental impacts, management, sustainable development, conservation
  • Leisure in the environment – e.g. leisure facilities, spending priorities, health and safety

Programme details

Learning objective


To welcome students to Westonbirt and provide overview of programme

Introductory talk – Looking after people and place

Westonbirt – its history, management, visitor groups and introduction to potential conflicts

To consider potential conflicts between visitor groups and the environment at Westonbirt

Where do you stand?

A selection of questions for students to consider, discuss and represent their opinions regarding the impact and issues of catering for visitors whilst managing and conserving a tree collection

To identify why bio-diversity is important for wildlife, people

To consider why visitors come to Westonbirt


Bio-diversity explore

Students explore an arboretum glade, searching for variety, adaptations and trees from around the world.

Discussion of specific tree species and why they are important to people and wildlife.

Discussion of range of reasons visitors come including relaxation, play, education, gardeners, explore rare trees, social, health etc

To recognise conflicts between tree management and visitor groups

To consider the reasons for conservation of plant species and sustainable forestry practices

Tree management and the visitor experience

Endangered, threatened with extinction – Cupressus duprenziana

  • Can trees be endangered?
  • Should we protect them? Why?
  • What would you do to help protect an endangered animal?  Or an endangered plant?
  • A discussion about the need for pest control to protect trees

The impact of climate change – Maples

  • How is our changing climate beginning to impact our tree collection?
  • Action that needs to be taken to ensure a future for Westonbirt

Wollemi pine

  • Tree protection vs visual impact,
  • Rare specimen - potential for public to take cuttings or remove the entire plant (Kew)

Shelter belt

  • Providing specimen planting with protection from the weather
  • Additional benefit of creating an area suitable for play, without impacting on collection itself

To generate questions related to different aspects of tourism

Conclusion - Compass Rose

Using a selection of photos of visitors and management at Westonbirt to discuss the ecological, economic, social and political issues associated with tourism at Westonbirt

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