Work has begun!

We have achieved our fundraising target for Phase One of the Westonbirt Project.

Construction work has started and is expected to be completed in June 2014.

This phase includes relocating the car park, building a new Welcome Building and restoring our Grade I Registered downland.


Westonbirt Arboretum's current visitor 'arrival' can be confusing and frustrating. It doesn't take long for a queue of cars to form and when visitors do park, they often miss out on important information.

A recent survey found that only 21% of visitors found our arrival information and 32% of visitors either didn’t know that we have an information desk or didn’t think it 'was for them'.

In addition, visitors are currently parking on our historically important Downs.

Through the Westonbirt Project, Friends and visitors will park their cars before walking through the new Welcome Building to show their membership cards or pay to enter the arboretum.

The Westonbirt Project will improve the Westonbirt experience for everybody who visits.

Throughout the construction phase, you can keep up-to-date with developments by reading the blog written by Sophie Nash, Project Manager.

Our Frequently Asked Questions page will be updated regularly as the car park, Welcome Building and Downs restoration progress.

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The Welcome Building

Sophie Nash, Project Manager, keeps us up-to-date with developments on the blog...

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Westonbirt Project masterplan drawing

See a large version of the Westonbirt Project masterplan