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Author: Andy Bryce Collections Manager Forestry England Westonbirt Arboretum

Running Routes at Westonbirt

Posted in: Blog Visitor experience Events Health & wellbeing Westonbirt 10K

Start on your running journey or find inspiration for beating your personal bests at Westonbirt Arboretum...

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Meet Julia - Our Westonbirt Runner

Posted in: Blog Events Community activities Health & wellbeing Spring Westonbirt 10K

This year we're pleased to announce Julia, our Supporter Services Manager, will be running for the trees at the 10K in May. We recently interviewed her so you can get to know her a little better...

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How to prepare for a 10K

Posted in: Blog Events Health & wellbeing Westonbirt 10K

We’re 10 weeks out for the Westonbirt Run for the Trees 10K. If you haven’t already started training there is still plenty of time to start.

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Winter highlight: Scots pine

Posted in: Blog Botanical Tree of the Month Winter

The Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) was voted the national tree of Scotland in 2014 and is a member of the Pinaceae family, a conifer native to northern Europe.

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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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