Leaves of Euonymus alatus Signature Trees Westonbirt
Photo credit: Gina Mills

Signature Trees at Westonbirt Arboretum 

The trees that give Westonbirt Arboretum its unique character!

Fagus sylvatica Westonbirt

They are trees that, over time or by selection, have come to perform a particular role in Westonbirt’s landscape, owing to their size, location or number within the collection.

The signature species include both native and exotics, with a range of different forms and sizes. Some of our favourites include:

Incense cedars (Calocedrus decurrens), one of the most striking of exotics. Native to Oregon and California, they have been predominantly planted in groups. Examples can be seen just off Waste Drive and along Palmer Ride in Silk Wood. The group on Holford Ride is regarded as one of the finest groups in Britain.

Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) is one of three native conifers. Savill Glade has some fantastic examples which are some of the oldest trees in the Old Arboretum.

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In order to visit the National Arboretum, visitors and members of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum must pre-book a ticket. Tickets go on sale 7 days in advance.

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Volunteering

Following the current Government roadmap we are slowly reintroducing our current volunteer roles. 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 for future opportunities. 

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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!