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NEWS RELEASE No: 167315 JULY 2018

Westonbirt Arboretum releases second book in ‘Spotter’s Guide’ Series

Plant and Flower Spotters

Following the success of the hugely popular Tree Spotter’s Guide last year, Westonbirt Arboretum today announced the publication of the second book in the Spotter’s Guide series: Westonbirt Arboretum’s Plant and Flower Spotter’s Guide, a pocket sized guide to help the reader spot and ID Britain’s wild woodland flora and fauna.

Written by leading experts, Dan Crowley from Westonbirt Arboretum and Matt Parratt from Forest Research, the book gives expert tips on identifying 100 woodland plants, including meadow saffron, sweet woodruff and solomon’s seal. Stunning illustrations, along with concise descriptions of each plant, create the perfect pocket sized companion for nature lovers across the country as they enjoy summer time walks through Britain’s woodlands.

Co-author, Dan Crowley said:

“This second book in the series focuses on woodland plants–we hope it will encourage people to look around them when they are out in the woods, and be able to recognise and really appreciate some of the beautiful plants that can be easily missed. There’s a tick box on each page so people can keep track of what they’ve spotted. As well as more common plants, we’ve also included a few national rarities for those who are looking for a challenge - such as the spreading bellflower. We’ve already found it in Silk Wood at Westonbirt this summer!

RRP £8.99

Available at Tidings at Westonbirt Shop and online:   

For more information please contact Rebecca Hare


Notes to Editor

1. Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and is renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection. Home to five national collections, the arboretum covers 243 hectares (600 acres) and contains nearly 15,000 labelled specimens. Visitor numbers are 500,000 a year, with a membership of over 32,000. Westonbirt Arboretum was established in the 1850s by wealthy landowner Robert Holford and later developed by his son George Holford. Unlike many arboretums, Westonbirt is laid out according to aesthetic appeal rather than scientific or geographical criteria. Visit

2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment.  Further information can be found at

3. Forest Research is Great Britain’s principal organisation for forestry and tree related research and is internationally renowned for the provision of evidence and scientific services in support of sustainable forestry.

Media contact: Rebecca Hare, Marketing and Communications Manager, Westonbirt Arboretum, Forestry Commission or phone on 0300 067 4152