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Zero waste by 2030

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Digging deep into Westonbirt's waste and a greener future. As part of Westonbirt's plan to get to net-zero by 2030 we've been working with an environmental consultancy, Avieco, to help develop a strategy for our waste and energy.

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Autumn highlight: Japanese maple ‘Vitifolium’

This maple cultivar comes into its own in the autumn, when the large, vine-like leaves, turn a rich variety of reds. Find out more about this showstopper...

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What does Westonbirt mean to you?

As generations visit Westonbirt Arboretum through the years, memories are made. Share your stories of Westonbirt with us...

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Mowing season

Mowing is one of those tasks, you either love it or hate it. From manicured lawns to wild jungle-like gardens, they all take time to manage. Read on to find out more about how the Tree Team manages Westonbirt's grass...

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Autumn highlight: Katsura

A treat for the senses in autumn, the Katsura is a favourite species of many visitors. Read our tree of the month blog to find out more about this species...

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Summer highlight: Pheasant berry

The attractive Pheasant berry shrub is our tree of the month - much loved by game birds such as pheasants for its fruit!...

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Things to do at Westonbirt this summer

This summer, we want Westonbirt Arboretum to be a place you can visit with the family to boost everyone’s wellbeing. Discover this summer's highlights...

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Summer highlight: Flowering dogwood

This month we’re featuring the flowering dogwood, a tree with origins in North America that is worth seeking out throughout the year whether it’s in flower or not.

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The Grimm Sisters

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Would you like to hear a remarkable story? We promise it will only be a little bit gory...

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Spring highlight: Foxglove tree

This month we’re showcasing a highly decorative specimen, the Foxglove Tree. With four species of this tree located in the arboretum, you’ll want to seek them out to experience these ornamental beauties.

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Spring highlight: Chinese parasol storax

Discover more about this rare and very scarcely grown plant, originally from China in this tree of the month blog.

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Spring highlight: Long may she bloom!

Last year we asked you to help us choose a cultivar name for our new Magnolia hybrid, Magnolia sprengeri × campbellii. And with a landslide victory, the name chosen was……Westonbirt Hope...

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Taking the helm of the Westonbirt Kitchen

After a rigorous tender process, Bristol-based caterer Fosters Events have been awarded a five-year contract and lease for Westonbirt, The National Arboretum.

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Global Recycling Day

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Every year, the Earth yields billions of tons of natural resources and at some point, in the not too distant future, it will run out.

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Spring highlights: Judas tree

This month we're exploring the Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum). It is one of the first trees you see when arriving at Westonbirt and when in flower with is deep pink flowers you'll not want to miss it.

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