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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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Westonbirt Arboretum will remain open to you for outdoor recreation and exercise. If you would like to visit, make sure you plan ahead by pre-booking your tickets and follow the latest Government guidance for travel, outdoor spaces and meeting people from outside your household.

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

Due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic we have regretfully decided to cancel our volunteer recruitment day on November 14th. At present we are unable to restart several of our volunteer roles and therefore we feel it would be inappropriate to recruit new volunteers with the current uncertainty.

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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!