Construction is complete!

The Biffa Award Welcome Building was opened by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall in June 2014, watched by an audience of people who had donated to the project.

The Welcome Building and new car park:

  • Provides a better visitor entry into the arboretum, fast tracking members and giving day visitors an improved experience.
  • Replaces the pay in your car system that often resulted in large queues back onto the main road.
  • Provides more disabled parking and easy access to our free mobility scooters.
  • Has removed cars from the Grade I registered landscape. This is being restored to a species rich grassland like other areas of the heritage landscape.
  • Allows visitors the chance to find out about trees and the arboretum in the Christopher Mitchell Information Centre.

...our work continues!

With Heritage Lottery funding, we are working with a variety of groups to develop a range of activities to engage new and hard-to-reach audiences.

Working with groups of young people and adults at risk of exclusion, a diverse programme of activities has been created.

Community Inclusion Programme for adults

Working with adults at risk of exclusion 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 4852 or email .

Community Youth Programme

Working with young people 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


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.

  • Find out more about our next steps
  • You can also find answers to some common questions on the FAQs page

Case Study

Cover of Welcome Building case study

The Welcome Building has been awarded a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating for its low environmental impact, subject to final certification by the BRE. Read our case study to find out more...

What's happening now

Sophie Nash, Project Manager

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


Westonbirt Project masterplan drawing

See a large version of the Westonbirt Project masterplan

Visitor Sightings

We've been bowled over by the quality of the images you've submitted via Flickr and many have been shared on the 'Visitor Sightings' screen in the Welcome Building.

If you'd like to share your images take a look and submit your pictures »

Image above by Michael Norris via Flickr