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Barking up the right tree!

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Westonbirt Education Centre family activity trail

Half-term family events 14th – 16th February.

Join us at Westonbirt, the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum, during February half term as we explore all things ‘barky’ through a range of crafty fun and challenges. 

Our special events start on Tuesday 14th and as that’s Valentine’s Day we’ll be weaving twiggy hearts from willow and dogwood which have beautiful red shades of bark.  Make one for someone you love, or just keep it all to yourself!

Bark grows in all sorts of textures and colours so we’ll be setting a challenge for you to use just the bark and decide which tree it comes from. Use your tree bark ID to see if you’re ‘Barking up the right tree’!  For those with a creative flare try your hand at bark prints and other bark arts.

Just like tree bark Westonbirt is full of exciting nooks and crannies here waiting to be discovered so pick up a free trail map and follow our hands-on family trails discovering play features throughout the arboretum.

Chris Meakin, Learning Supervisor at Westonbirt Arboretum said:

“Wrap up warm and head outside this February half term.  Our ever popular crafty events turn a family walk into a creative day out. The great thing about creating art from nature is that every creation is completely unique.  With our bark tree ID and the seasonal trail to follow you’ll all be learning a little along the way.”

Family events are included in the cost of admission.

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Notes to Editors:

  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 350,000 a year, with a membership of over 28,000. 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

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.

  1. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum was formed in 1985 by a small group of volunteers. Today it raises money to help protect and preserve the arboretum, enhance public enjoyment and knowledge of this world renowned tree collection and secure its sustainable future. The charity raises funds through a membership scheme with over 27,000 Friends, fundraising activities and the hire of the Great Oak Hall.  The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum is a registered charity (no. 293190). More information at  

Heather Lilley, Communications Manager, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, on 0300 067 4817 or email: