Westonbirt Project: ongoing work

Bringing new audiences to Westonbirt

With Heritage Lottery funding, we have worked with groups of hard-to-reach audiences such as young people and adults at risk of exclusion to create a diverse programme of activities.

In addition, an interactive app has been created and work is ongoing to create new trails around the arboretum to engage with new visitor groups.

Community Inclusion Programme for adults

Working with adults at risk of exclusion (such as dementia groups and those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction) through hands-on day visits, inspiring outreach work and practical conservation activities. For more information about our work with vulnerable and older adults, call 0300 067 4870 or email .

Community Youth Programme

Working with young people (such as guides, scouts and youth groups) through the Team WB youth forum, Wild Westonbirt youth club and practical conservation activities. For more information about our work with young people, call 0300 067 4854 or email

More info

Visit the Forestry Commission's community pages to get more information on this work.



Westonbirt has support from Heritage Lottery Fund to work with community and youth groups until 2017. Please contact the relevant member of the community team to discuss the support we can offer your group, which might include reduced entry costs and support to cover transport costs.

Boundary and downs restoration

In addition to our community work, a programme of boundary restoration is ongoing, putting in place renewed ha-has, dry stone walls and railings to bring the landscape back to its full Victorian glory.

The restoration of the downs grassland landscape is also ongoing following the removal of car parking from this area. This is a long-term ongoing element of the project.

How it happened...

Sophie Nash, Project Manager

Read the story of the Westonbirt Project on the blog...