A better welcome!

A better welcome is something Westonbirt, The National Arboretum has needed for a long time.

Thanks to funding from individuals, trusts and foundations, along with £500,000 from Biffa Award and £1.9 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, work on the Welcome Building started in July 2013.

We have full planning permission and our team are working with architects, contractors and interpretation specialists to complete the project.


A better visit for you

  • Having parked in our new car park, you’ll pay on foot or show your membership card, rather than queuing in your car
  • Sign up to become members and get information about events and activities in one place
  • Borrow mobility scooters or use the toilets before your visit.

Showing off, Victorian-style!

Victorian creator Robert Holford would have personally introduced the arboretum to his guests – we’d like to do the same for you using the Welcome Building.

The position of the new Welcome Building means that you’ll enter both Silk Wood and the Old Arboretum nearer to Holford’s original gateways.

The Welcome Building has been sensitively designed and positioned so that it complements the landscape – the trees will still do all the ‘talking’.

Telling stories

The Welcome Building will share stories about plant collecting expeditions from historic and modern times and  will explore our management of tree pests and diseases and our important climate change trials.

Westonbirt Arboretum’s mission ‘to connect people with trees’ draws on a combination of conservation, learning and working with different groups of people  - we’ll bring these elements out through activities including volunteering and community engagement projects.

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

At a glance

Westonbirt’s history and heritage will no longer be hidden in archives!

More toilets and easier access to mobility scooters and wheelchairs from the new car park

You’ll be closer to Silk Wood, via Skilling Gate, and closer to the Old Arboretum, via Down Gate

Work started on the new Welcome Building in July 2013 and we hope to complete construction in June 2014.

How it happened...

Sophie Nash, Project Manager

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