We aim to enable all our visitors, regardless of age or background, to enjoy and learn about the Arboretum and the 15,000 tree specimens found here. The Arboretum is the perfect setting to relax, spend time with others or have an adventure!
Our Community team works in partnership with a variety of groups to develop activities that support new visitors. We work with those who are unable to visit independently to:
- Experience Westonbirt's unique landscape
- Explore and learn about the trees
- Gain new skills
- Develop self-confidence and improve health and wellbeing
If you aren't able to visit, we can bring a little bit of the Arboretum to your residential care home or day centre through our outreach programme.
We believe that part of the power of our trees lies in their ability to improve health and wellbeing, by generating a sense of calm and providing space to share quality time with others.
We provide single three-hour visits for community and health and wellbeing groups (such as befriending groups, day care centres, carer support groups, dementia groups, brain injury rehabilitation). During your visit we work with you to explore the beauty of Westonbirt, learn about trees from around the world and take part in hands-on activities.
We can bring Westonbirt to you! Our outreach programme is aimed at people living in residential care homes and includes a multi-sensory exploration of Westonbirt's tree collection.
The programme aims to help trigger your memories and encourage you to share your experiences of trees and nature.
Sessions usually last between 60-90 minutes. Activities highlight things of seasonal interest and may include exploring scented apothecary jars, feeling tree bark, looking at pine cones, bird nests and eggs.
Nurtured by Nature
Our multi-visit woodland programme is aimed at vulnerable adult groups such as those recovering from addiction or mental health issues. It involves a range of activities in an informal, relaxed atmosphere.
The programme can be adapted to meet the interests and needs of your group, but activities could include:
- learning ancient woodland management skills
- fire lighting
- natural arts and crafts
- mindfulness-based activities
Specific programmes vary depending on the season but all aim to support people to connect with the natural world, learn new skills and build self-confidence.
As part of the programmes participants can achieve the John Muir Award.
- To get involved contact Rachel, our Community Inclusion Officer, by email or by calling 0300 067 4870.