Blog - Autumn 2017

Autumn tree highlights

Posted in: Autumn 2017 Features

Visit the arboretum this autumn to surround yourself with a spectrum of marmalade, amber and crimson hues. October is the prime month to see the very best of Autumn, but interesting colours will start to emerge as early as August.

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Deep in the mountains

Posted in: Autumn 2017 Features

Dan Crowley, Westonbirt’s expert dendrologist, regularly works with partners across the globe. Dan gives us a behind the scenes account of his latest trip to Vietnam.

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The photograph that changed my life

Jane Gifford is a professional photographer. She tells us how her first encounter with Westonbirt helped her to burst onto the national scene.

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BioBlitz

Posted in: Autumn 2017 Features

Wildlife experts and members of the public descended on Westonbirt to hunt for the remarkable animals, plants and insects that have made their homes in Westonbirt's grassy downland.

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Autumn life in the arboretum

Autumn is always abundant in the arboretum, with nuts, fruit and seeds providing plentiful supplies of food for wildlife.

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This history of STIHL

STIHL and Westonbirt Arboretum have been partners since 2006. In 2016 STIHL became the proud sponsors of the Treetop Walkway. They continue to support the work in the arboretum by providing the tree team with chainsaws and other essential pieces of kit.

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A hidden gem in Gloucestershire

As a Friend of Westonbirt you have free access to various arboretums and gardens across the UK. One of our nearest partners is Batsford Arboretum in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire.

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Celebrating 25 years

Helen Daniels, one of our lovely administrators, celebrates 25 years with the Forestry Commission. We caught up with Helen to discuss her time here.

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Inspiring the next generation

At Westonbirt, we are committed to protecting the many amazing trees we care for at the arboretum. But as well as our arboricultural work, we never lose sight of the need to inspire our next generation of nature lovers.

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A year in the life of a student arborist

In July 2016, the arboretum took on two eager student arborists. Time has flown by, and a year on we ask Seth, one of the students, about his Westonbirt experience.

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Support our young specimens

Westonbirt’s incredible tree collection has been hundreds of years in the making. Our work today is as important as ever. Please help us to update Westonbirt's propagation unit.

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Hire the Great Oak Hall

Nestled amongst the trees at Westonbirt Arboretum, the Great Oak Hall is an inspirational venue in a picturesque setting.

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Celebrating our community project participants

Posted in: Autumn 2017 News

We're celebrating the culmination of the HLF community project with a brand new sculpture created by project participants! Come and take a look on your next visit.

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A shady story

When Penny our propagator asked if we could look into providing shade screens for Westonbirt’s glasshouses, it had never occurred to us just how essential seemingly mundane pieces of equipment could be!...

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