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Native trees at Westonbirt Arboretum 

Though Britain has comparatively few native species - only 30-40 - nearly all of them can be seen in the ancient Silk Wood.

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Head to Silk Wood to see our collection of native trees.

One of the highlights of the collection is the 2000 year old small-leaved lime, which has been managed as part of a coppice rotation dating back centuries.

The lime is now managed on a 20 year rotation and was last coppiced in November 2012. A mix of traditional and modern techniques are used to coppice - cut back to stumps - around 60 lime stems that had grown from one original specimen thought to be hundreds, possibly thousands, of years old.

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We are delighted to welcome you back to the National Arboretum! In order to keep visitors, volunteers, staff and our local community safe during this time, we have limited the number of people we can welcome at one time and introduced a new booking system.

In order to visit the National Arboretum, visitors and members of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum must pre-book a ticket.

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Volunteering

Westonbirt relies on the help of our team of extraordinary volunteers. Our team of over 280 volunteers are involved with everything from leading guided walks, assisting  community groups and helping at our family events,  to supporting the tree team out in the arboretum, and helping in the propagation centre! Last year they contributed an impressive 26,000 hours to the arboretum.

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Membership

Do you love Westonbirt? Maybe you can't get enough of the outdoors or want to champion trees?

If this sounds like you then you'll love being a member of Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum. The Friends charity support work to protect Westonbirt and its trees, so that the Arboretum can be enjoyed by everyone well into the future.

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Westonbirt Arboretum’s story begins with the wealthy Victorian landowner, Robert Holford; an ambitious man with a passion for the natural world!