Author: Mark Ballard Forestry Commission Curator And Penny Jones Forestry Commission Propagator

A Westonbirt love story...

Posted in: Blog History

Today on this gloriously bright sunny Valentine’s Day we’d like to take you back 165 years, to 1854, and share the heartwarming story of Robert Stayner Holford’s wedding to Mary Anne Lindsay.

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New homes for 211 trees!

Posted in: Blog Propagation Research trips Tree management

January and February are a busy time for the team here at Westonbirt! Before the cold weather really sets in, our tree team must find new homes for hundreds of new plants.

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Feeling Blue?

Posted in: Blog Health & wellbeing

Being active and getting outdoors has been proven to provide a great boost to your mental well-being, and we want to encourage you to find some time soon to explore the great outdoors.

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Building the Westonbirt Woodworks

Posted in: Blog Restoration Staff and trustees Volunteering

As part of our exciting new Woodworks project, Westonbirt staff and volunteers were given the opportunity to get involved in the building of our new drying shelter - see how they got on...

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How did Christmas trees start?

Posted in: Blog Christmas History

It’s one of our favourite times of year! When everyone brings trees into their homes and decorates them. So we thought we’d celebrate the Christmas tree with a whistle stop tour through its history!...

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Let’s Get Framing

Posted in: Blog Restoration

Last week, Nick Perchard had a busy few days sorting through the timber that has been milled on site from our own oak.

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Catching the fall

Posted in: Blog Autumn Crafts Events Great Oak Hall

The Great Oak Hall is buzzing with visitors enjoying our final exhibition of the autumn with a showcase of ten members’ work.

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A box of delights

Posted in: Autumn 2017 Blog Autumn Events Great Oak Hall

We are warmly welcoming back a family of artists for our third autumn exhibition...

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Picturing Nature

Posted in: Blog Autumn Events Great Oak Hall

Whilst the weather here isn’t looking picture perfect over the next few days – our autumn spirits cannot be dampened!...

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Exhibition launch!

Posted in: Blog Autumn Events Great Oak Hall

Great Oak Hall Autumn Exhibitions start this weekend with 'Pots and Paintings 2018' - come and have a look...

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The great drought of 2018

Posted in: Blog Botanical Staff and trustees Tree management

As we enter into the seventh week of hot dry weather, find out how we manage the tree collection in these difficult conditions...

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Not completion, just the end of the beginning

Posted in: Magazine More Features Summer 2018

In March we were able to pay the final invoice and submit a 801 page evaluation report for the Heritage Lottery Funded Phase 1 of the ‘Westonbirt Project’.

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The end of a big black pine...

Posted in: Blog Botanical Landscape Propagation Staff and trustees Tree management

You may notice some temporary traffic lights outside the arboretum today and tomorrow (27 and 28 January 2016).

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Chalara confirmed at Westonbirt

Posted in: Blog Botanical Propagation Tree management

Chalara dieback of ash, commonly known as ash dieback, caused by the Hymenoscyphus fraxineus fungus, has been confirmed at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, this autumn.

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Stuck between rot and a hard place…

Posted in: Blog Propagation Tree management

Deciding when to remove old trees is one of the hardest decisions we have to take here at Westonbirt.

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