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Offers just for Friends

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Our spring 2015 magazine is out now and contains some great offers for Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum. You’ll need to show a valid membership card to claim the discounts and offers. Enjoy!

  • Cattle Country 20% off for all Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum members – bring magazine voucher with you (page 28)
  • King’s Arms FREE bottle of house wine with a 3-course meal for two – quote ‘FOWA’ when you book and bring your membership card (page 33)
  • Spring Special at Mayfield House Hotel. Buy 1 Get 1 Free on main courses (page 54)
  • Landcare – trees shrubs and wildflowers – 10% off to Friends until 31 May (page 57)

Make sure you look at the adverts in the magazine itself for any additional terms and conditions. Click on the cover image to read online!

Spring 2015 magazine cover

Lousia Lockwood, Editor

An update from the Membership team…

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The Membership Team would like to apologise for any delays processing applications this month.

We are implementing an exciting new database which involves several days software training. We hope to be back up to speed soon.

This new system will also provide one of the links to the new Welcome Building which will make it easier and quicker for our members to enter the arboretum. 

Please bear with us during this transitional phase.

Many thanks,

Bev and Kelly.

Attention friends! Find out about your new cards here!

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

In early summer, all of our members will be issued with new cards to enable entry through the Welcome Building. When you receive your new bar-coded cards, your old style cards will no longer be valid. Each member will have a new card with their name on which is not transferable. If you have not already told us your first name(s), please send it and your membership number to so that we can process your new cards.

Welcome Building artist impression

Each member parent or member grandparent will be able to bring in their own children or grandchildren (aged 18 and under) and up to three dogs.

The Welcome Building will be open at 9am each morning, when the arboretum opens. Throughout the year, the Welcome Building will close at 5pm.

In the summer months Friends will be able to enter the arboretum after 5pm using their automated cards, although the rest of the building will be shut.

Important for you to know

To enable smooth operations at the Welcome Building for our current members and new joiners, Forestry Commission staff at Westonbirt will have access to some information that you have already given the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum charity so that we can administer your membership. Membership personal data remains the property of the Friends, is stored by the Friends and will not be transferred to or held by the Forestry Commission. If you have any queries in this respect, please email

Jacqueline Dalton,
Charity Manager

Membership Frenzy by Bev Starkings, Membership Co-ordinator, FOWA

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

March has arrived and for the first time since any of us can remember, the trauma of our January renewals is over already! Our in-trays are empty and we are now able to see our work desks! Keyboards and phones have cooled down and stopped smoking … sanity is slowly returning. This time last month we were going home in the cold and dark, crying into our gin glasses and wondering when would it ever calm down!

When I started here four years ago we were still inputting January membership forms in June! Much has changed since then and we feel much more efficient, more in control of what we do and how we do it! This means fewer problems for our members and therefore, happier members.  The rolling year is proving a great success, as is our new 10 Year Friend membership. We feel gratified that our members and visitors have so much confidence in Westonbirt Arboretum that they are willing to support us regardless! We whole heartedly thank you all! (Sounds like an Oscar’s speech!)

Now we can look forward to spring and seeing Westonbirt at its most extravagant; bursting with colour, sound and fragrance.  Time to claw back the lunch break and see what nature’s renewals are like!