Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

Blog - Botanical

First Planting Season is Complete!

It’s been a brilliant few months for us here at the Silk Wood Community Planting Project. Since January over 600 participants came to plant a grand total of 3300 trees! Despite the occasional frost and the, not so occasional, torrential rain our groups put their all into making sure each tree gets the best start and will be there in years to come.

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Exclusive Wentworth Puzzle Alert! Conquer Westonbirt's Treetop Walkway from Home

Calling all puzzle enthusiasts and Westonbirt Arboretum fans! Looking for a unique and challenging way to experience the wonder of Westonbirt's Treetop Walkway? Look no further!...

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Adventure awaits! Fun for all ages at Westonbirt this May

Embrace the great outdoors at Westonbirt Arboretum, there's no better place to celebrate the season's beauty. Westonbirt has something for everyone this May.

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Unveiling the wonders of Westonbirt: The key tree plinth project

Discover the fascinating stories behind Westonbirt's trees with the new key tree plinth project, funded by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.

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Getting our Hands Dirty: A Tree-mendous Day at Westonbirt!

Armed with spades, smiles, and enthusiasm, we joined forces with the amazing Westonbirt staff, united by a shared passion for the environment to plant trees as part of the Silk Wood Community Planting Project.

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Saying Goodbye to a Beloved Beech at Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum's enchanting landscape faces a bittersweet change this year as a cherished beech will depart the arboretum this March, but hope blossoms anew.

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Helping to save a species from extinction

King Charles III joined staff at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum to plant a critically endangered tree this week.

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Tree of the month: Oriental spruce

Native to the Caucasus and the Pontic Mountains of northeastern Turkey, this month's tree of the month is among the most attractive spruces, with a dense form with short branches.

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The Friends' Quiz: Autumn-Winter 2023

Are you ready to put your knowledge to the test? Take our member's quiz and see how much you really know about Westonbirt Arboretum.

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Tree of the month: Maidenhair tree - Ginkgo biloba

This tree with an ancient origin produces a spectacular ephemeral autumn display as its unique, fan-shaped leaves transform a dazzling shade of gold. Discover more about November's tree of the month...

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Tree of the month: Shagbark hickory

This October we're highlighting the shagbark hickory tree which is a golden highlight of this season, find out more...

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Enjoy the Best of Autumn at Westonbirt Arboretum with Your Membership

Don’t miss the breathtaking autumn colours at Westonbirt this October. The trees are coming ablaze with reds, oranges, yellows, and greens and so are the activities taking place at Westonbirt in October, take a peek and get involved...

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Woodland Design Workshops Inspires Young People

The Silk Wood Community Planting Project is a great example of how schoolchildren can be involved in the design and management of their local environment. Find out more about the recent forest design workshops...

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Tree of the month: Sorbus commixta

As autumn arrives and the leaves begin to turn, this time of year is also a wonderful time to explore the diversity of fruits found around the arboretum. Take a closer look at the Japanese rowan in this month's blog...

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Tree of the month: Bottlebrush buckeye

The bottlebrush buckeye is a beautiful shrub that gets its name from its bottlebrush-like inflorescences. The white flowers with red anthers bloom in August, making the bottlebrush buckeye a truly spectacular sight. Find out more...

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