Paulownia Kawakamii Rare trees Westonbirt Arboretum Generic

Rare trees at Westonbirt Arboretum

Sadly today some of the world's trees are in danger of disappearing from the planet. Here at Westonbirt we hold around 100 of these threatened species and our team works hard to preserve them for future generations.

Rare Walomi Pine

The latest research suggests there are over 60,000 tree species on earth. 20,000 have been assessed for conservation, and of those nearly half are thought to be threatened with extinction.

At Westonbirt we hold around 100 threatened species that are included on the IUCN Red Data list; a list assessing the extinction risk of plants, fungi and animals.

This provides an opportunity for researchers to study how they grow, helping to inform decisions on how to care for them and ensure that future generations can enjoy them.

Some of the rarest, categorised as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red list, include sapphire dragon tree (Paulownia kawakamii) and Madeira mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia subsp. maderensis).

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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!

A green image with the words The Little Boof of Disappearing Trees - on sale now. Cartoon images of trees sit in lines by the text, some in bold colours of red, yellow and orange and others just outlines.

Did you know that as many as one in three of the world’s tree species are thought to be threatened with extinction?

Within the arboretum we currently care for over 100 threatened tree species and the latest edition of ‘The Little Book of Disappearing Trees’ introduces some of the endangered trees we look after.

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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!