Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives - the nation’s forests and essential facilities are open for people to exercise once-per-day, if they live locally - read our coronavirus guidance.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we will not be able to welcome school groups to Westonbirt Arboretum during the Autumn term. 

Sadly, we do not have the necessary facilities to provide separate eating areas, toilets etc. for school groups that would enable them to effectively distance from other visitors while with us. This is a very sad decision for the team here at Westonbirt, as enabling young people to learn about trees is a crucial part of our role here at the National Arboretum, and the team have been working hard over the past few months exploring all other options. Ultimately though we must prioritise keeping everyone safe.

Our team are continuing to work to put together plans for when we are able to welcome school groups back to the arboretum, and in the meantime we thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Though we are not currently taking bookings for the spring term 2021, if you would like to join our waiting list to be amongst the first to know when we are able restart school visits, please contact our learning team at

We also have a range of learning activities available to download from our website

Learning at Westonbirt Arboretum 

We offer a range of programmes to suit different year groups, topics and needs from EYFS up to university groups. Our global tree collection is a wonderful outdoor classroom, bringing the curriculum alive with hands-on experiential learning, first-hand observation and debate.

Join our learning partner, Learning With Nature, for the Tots and Twigs Forest School for pre-school children, EYFS and KS1 programmes, and uniform group visits for rainbows, beavers, cubs and brownies.

Work with Westonbirt's Forestry England learning officers for KS2, secondary, FE and HE groups, to explore the science of plants, habitats, natural arts, and storytelling, tourism, woodland management, conservation and climate change.