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NEWS RELEASE No: 1657221 MARCH 2016

All things new at Westonbirt Arboretum this Easter!

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Join in the Easter fun at the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt, with a host of fantastic family activities.

As the trees wake up for spring, explore the arboretum on the New beginnings and new plantings trail. Meet the babies of the tree collection and have a go at fun activities along the way. The family trail is available in the Old Arboretum and Silk Wood throughout March, April and May.

From Tuesday 29th March until Friday 1st April take part in the New Beginnings craft event in the Silk Wood Barn between 11am and 4pm, youngsters can have a go at making mosaic leaves and their very own 3D mini spring garden!

Hear more about the precious baby trees and how Westonbirt looks after them by joining in with Westonbirt’s New Plantings event running from Monday 4th April until Thursday 7th April from 11am - 4pm in the Learning Centre. Children can make their own planting stakes or willow wind streamers to take home with them!

Caroline Bennett, Learning Officer at Westonbirt said:

"Easter is the perfect opportunity for families to get outdoors and experience the spring season!

As well as our new family trail, we’ve got two great events over the Easter holidays where children can learn more about the world of trees and try their hand at some fun Easter crafts!”

Both events are included in the cost of admission, which is currently £9 for adults, £6 for concessions and £3 for children. Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum members receive free admission.


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 27,000. 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. 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  
4. The Westonbirt Project will make a big difference to everybody who comes to the arboretum. The project will mean a better welcome, a better visit and a better understanding of the heritage and importance of this world class tree collection. More information can be found at

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Emily Pryor, Communications Manager, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, on 0300 067 4851 or email: