21 February 2013
Explore camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons at the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt this Mothers’ Day (Sunday 10 March 2013) and discover the joys of early spring.
Westonbirt Arboretum is home to nearly 100 magnolias of different varieties, showcasing their dinner-plate sized pink, white and cream blooms from March onwards.
A must-see is the Goddess magnolia, Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’ on Circular Drive in the Old Arboretum; a champion tree and therefore the largest of its kind in the British Isles.
The Old Arboretum is also the place to see camellias and early flowering rhododendrons, whilst wood anemones are wonderful in Silk Wood.
Families can follow the new spring trail or explore the play trail. Pick up free trail maps from the Great Oak Hall information point between 10am-4pm.
For those looking for some tasty food and warming drinks after their Mothers’ Day walk, the outdoor cafe at Westonbirt will be serving hot and cold refreshments whilst the restaurant undergoes a full refit (the restaurant is due to reopen the week commencing 18 March).
If you would like to treat Mum to a sit-down meal offsite and return for the afternoon, please keep your admissions ticket or Friends membership cards to show the admissions team when you re-enter the arboretum.
To find out more about spring at Westonbirt Arboretum, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-spring.