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About Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

About Westonbirt, the National Arboretum 

Westonbirt Arboretum is one of the most beautiful and important plant collections in the world. With 15,000 specimens, and 2,500 species of tree from all over the world, the arboretum plays a vital part in research and conservation, as well as being a stunningly beautiful place to visit and explore rare, interesting and beautiful plants from the furthest corners of the globe.

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Our trees

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The trees we're safeguarding for future generations.
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Discover some of the tallest trees in the British Isles.
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Trees that give the arboretum it's unique character.
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Some of the rarest trees on the planet!
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Nearly all native British trees can be seen in Silk Wood.
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Explore our collection with our interactive tree map.
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Take a peek through the eyes of our Window on Westonbirt volunteers.
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Discover all the best seasonal hot spots this summer.

Our History

Created almost 200 years ago by Victorian horticulturalist Robert Holford, discover how one man's passion for plants created the world's most beautiful botanical collections...

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Our research and projects

Our fight against pest and diseases.
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Help protect our trees.
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Support our community.
Keep up to date with all the latest news from Westonbirt Arboretum.
Silk Wood House
A new purchase with endless possibilities
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Find out more about our future plans
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Our STIHL partnership

We have a great partnership with STIHL who support our tree team by supplying tools and equipment. Take a look at STIHL’s encyclopedia of trees, which contains detailed information and photographs on the tree species most commonly grown in Middle and Southern Europe. 


Westonbirt restaurant
Enjoy delicious, freshly prepared hot and cold refreshments.
Westonbirt Shop
Pick up a souvenir or tasty treat from our shop.
Westonbirt Woodworks
Find out what happens to Westonbirt's trees at the end of their life.
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Learn more about this traditional method of woodland management.
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Learning programmes for pre-school children, EYFS and KS1 plus uniform group visits.

Our community 

We work closely with local community groups to connect them to trees and improve their wellbeing.

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Volunteering at Westonbirt

Volunteer at Westonbirt Arboretum and become part of an extraordinary group of people. With roles in almost every department, from marketing to the tree team, there’s something to suit everyone...