Archive for February, 2015

Tree of the month: March 2015

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Illicium simonsii

What is tree of the month?
Illicium simonsii

Why is it tree of the month?
It is a lovely pyramidal shrub with small, pale yellow, fragrant flowers that are worth seeking out for both their look and scent. It usually flowers towards the end of the month, so keep your eyes peeled!

Where can I see it?
It can be found in both the Old Arboretum (close to Main Drive and Savill Glade (tree number 25.0799)) and in Silk Wood (Sand Earth (31.1424)).

Dan Crowley, Dendrologist, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

>> Visit the Westonbirt Map to search for trees by name or tree number

The Wolfson Tree Management Centre: An Update

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

The new yard is now complete!

The new yard
This is a photo taken from the new viewing area location where visitors will be able to view the Tree Team at work.

The new yard

This photo shows the completed vehicle wash-down ready for the jet wash and scrubbing brushes! The temporary fencing around the new yard will soon be replaced with a solid timber fence with a viewing section into the yard.

We are about to appoint a contractor including timber framers who will build the large ‘machinery store’ building using the timber from Westonbirt, which was hewn and milled on site. Work will begin in April. See the artists’ impression below showing a 3D model of the timber frame.

Superstructure of Machinery Store_3D Image

Sophie Nash, Project Manager

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

Tree of the month: February 2015

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Picea farreri
What is this month’s tree of the month?
Picea farreri
Farrer’s spruce

Why is it tree of the month?
Graceful form, glaucous (blue-ish!) foliage.

Where can I see it?
Sand Earth in Silk Wood, set slightly back from Willesley Drive.

Dan Crowley, Dendrologist, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum