Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

6 reasons you'll want to Run for the Trees

Posted: November 1, 2022 at 11:10 am

1. Make a difference

By running for the trees at Westonbirt you will be helping to:

- stem the tide of biodiversity loss and help preserve, protect and expand our shared natural heritage both here in the UK and around the world

- ensure that every person has the opportunity to develop, nurture and grow their connection to nature through education

- enable more people to access Westonbirt Arboretum regardless of disability or other barriers to entry

If you choose to be a Westonbirt Runner you’re helping yourself and Westonbirt Arboretum to thrive!

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2. Raise funds for a cause close to your heart

Running for a good cause you truly care about is an incredible thing to do. By raising money for Westonbirt Arboretum you could fund seed-collecting trips to conserve a threatened species, enable a day out in nature for vulnerable people, provide access to mobility scooters for people with disabilities to explore without barriers or give young people an opportunity to learn and care about our environment.

If you choose to sign up to Run for the Trees you’ll share your achievements along the way with others and help to spread awareness of our important cause.

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3. Protect Trees and Enrich Lives

We couldn’t look after the arboretum without you! Marc Alexander, raised over £1,000 at the last Westonbirt 10K, here’s why Marc Runs for the Trees:

"I fundraise for The Friends because if you've ever been to Westonbirt Arboretum, you'll not only be blown away by its striking beauty but you'll understand the scale and complexity of the work that's involved to keep it looking like that. Not only is it a haven for so much wildlife, but it's a mental health booster for humans and their fluffy companions.

The team at The Friends do so much more outside of this like workshops for local schools, the Silk Wood Conservation Project, the recently completed, stunning, Community Shelter and the recently purchased Silk Wood house which opens up a plethora of opportunities for the growth of the arboretum.

This team of dedicated legends needs all the help that they can get and I'm here for them!"

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4. Improve your health and wellbeing

Boost your fitness levels and clear your mind by getting outside training to Run for the Trees. Being part of a social community activity has been shown to decrease feelings of depression and boost feelings of wellbeing. Joining the Westonbirt 10K Run for the Trees Team is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people who care passionately about the arboretum. We’ll support you every step of the way to give you the best chance of succeeding!

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5. Tick something off your ‘bucket list’

The Westonbirt 10K is a must-have for any novice or professional runner. Our unique location and beautiful woodland setting makes the Westonbirt 10K a very popular event with tickets selling out in minutes. Apply for your chance to be part of this event with its buzzing atmosphere as runners eagerly await to stride through the stunning spring landscape and claim a personal best. When you reach that finish line, you’ll have a great sense of personal achievement and the knowledge that you have made a positive difference to the world.

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6. Have fun and feel happier

This energetic and friendly event is the perfect way to boost your endorphins and feel-good factor running past Westonbirt’s fantastic floral display. Plus, doing good makes you feel good - and by running for the trees you’ll be doing great!

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Want to run for the trees?

Apply for a free fundraising place in the famous Westonbirt 10K next year (18 May 2023) and help support your National Arboretum. We welcome runners and fundraisers of all abilities and will help you every step of the way on your journey to smash your PB!