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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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Plan your visit

Home to 2,500 different species from the far corners of the globe and 5 national tree collections, Westonbirt is the perfect place for you to escape, relax or have an adventure! Take a journey up into the canopy on the STIHL Tree Top Walkway, stop by the café for a tasty treat or see if you can spot the Gruffalo!

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Volunteering

Westonbirt relies on the help of our team of extraordinary volunteers. Our team of over 260 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! 

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Membership

Join the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum from £40 per year and visit Westonbirt throughout the seasons with up to 4 of your own children or grandchildren. You’ll be able to book your timeslot instantly and play a vital role in supporting the arboretum’s 10 Year Vision

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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!