Design of the landscape at Westonbirt Arboretum, GCSE and A level

Design of the landscape programme aimed at GCSE and A Level

Updated 15th January 2024

Suitable March - November

Learning outcomes

  • gain inspiration for the development of ideas by observing the historical picturesque landscape design of the arboretum.
  • suggest ways in which ideas and intentions have been communicated by the arboretum's creator through the visual and tactile qualities of the living landscape.
  • explore the characteristics, properties and effects of using three different methods of representing landscape design - through photography, sketching and model making.


Photographing the picturesque - after a discussion about the design principles used in the creation and planting of the picturesque landscape, students are challenged to capture this through a series of photographs.

Quick sketching - taken to three different locations, students are invited to spend only five minutes at each to quickly sketch the key visual elements.

Landscape modelling - using the natural materials around them, make a 3D representation the picturesque landscape.