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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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The government has said the single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives. Westonbirt Arboretum remains open with a pre-booking system for people to exercise once-per-day, if they live locally. However the government has instructed that you should minimise time spent outside your home, minimise the number of journeys you make. Please remember this when considering a visit.

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Volunteering

Due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic we are currently unable to operate many of our volunteer roles. We only have one opportunity to volunteer at present. However, if you are interested in volunteering at Westonbirt, please do get in touch by using the expression of interest form and we will hold your details on file to contact you in the future.

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Membership

Join the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum from £39 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!