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Author: Andy Bryce Collections Manager Forestry England Westonbirt Arboretum

Never a dull day at the 'birt'

Posted in: Blog Tree management Botanical Autumn

It is always wonderful to hear compliments about the arboretum from visitors and industry peers. As Collection Manager, it makes me proud to have a degree of influence in how it all comes together to form the jewel in Forestry England’s crown.

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Mowing season

Posted in: Blog Tree management Botanical Landscape Seasonal

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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Things to do at Westonbirt this summer

Posted in: Blog Health & wellbeing Seasonal 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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Taking the helm of the Westonbirt Kitchen

Posted in: Blog Visitor experience Spring

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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Spring highlights: Judas tree

Posted in: Blog Botanical Tree of the Month

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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Planting 2021 – A selection of Plants

Posted in: Blog Propagation Landscape

This year the tree team are planting 125 trees and we want to share a few highlights and the reasons these trees have been chosen to form part of the landscape at Westonbirt.

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Winter highlights: Paperbark maple

Posted in: Blog Botanical Tree of the Month

The Paperbark maple, Acer griseum is very distinctive due to its flaky-like bark and colour.

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Westonbirt Arboretum to receive National Heritage Lottery Funding

Posted in: Blog Autumn

Earlier this month, National Heritage Lottery Fund announced that Westonbirt would be among 433 organisations in England who will receive a share of £67 million from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage.

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A Royal Visit

Posted in: Blog Events Autumn

The Duchess of Cornwall Visits Westonbirt Arboretum...

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Meet the Artists participating in the Art Bridge Emergents Project

Posted in: Blog

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Forestry England have teamed up with local charity Art Shape on their Art Bridge Emergents project.

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Maples turning red

Posted in: Blog Autumn

Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) has today published The Red List of Acer: revised and extended giving the conservation status of all 158 maple or Acer species.

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Teaming up to Protect Trees for Future Generations

Posted in: Blog Autumn

We are rapidly approaching our favourite time of year when our trees are at their most vibrant and colourful but ensuring that these magnificent plants continue for future generations to enjoy is a mammoth task.

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Posted in: Blog Events Christmas

We know, we know… Christmas seems to start earlier every year, but for those of you who like to plan ahead we thought we’d give a sneak peek at what we have planned for Enchanted Christmas this year…...

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Art at the arboretum

Posted in: Blog Community activities

Westonbirt is the inspiration for up-and-coming artists. Recently Forestry England teamed up with local charity Art Shape on a new project using art to connect more people to trees and nature.

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Mindful photography

Posted in: Blog Health & wellbeing

Mindful photography can open the door to the secret, hidden and amazing world of the unnoticeable by encouraging people to slow down, look again and connect with the natural world around us.

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