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Tree of the month: Aspen

Each month we’re going to bring you a profile of one of the UK native tree species being planted in the Silk Wood Community Planting Project – this July it’s aspen.

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Tree of the month: Large-leaved lime

Each month we’re going to bring you a profile of one of the UK native tree species being planted in the Silk Wood Community Planting Project - first up is the large-leaved lime.

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Westonbirt’s Iconic Welcome Building Celebrates 10 Years

On Sunday 23 June 2024, Westonbirt marks a significant milestone: the 10th anniversary of the opening of the award-winning Welcome Building. This occasion provides a perfect moment to celebrate and reflect on the history and impact of this building over the past decade.

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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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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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Planting Hope, Building Futures: 200 Trees Begin Their Journey

The Silk Wood Community Planting Project is off to a good start in 2024 with local community groups planting the first 200 trees to regenerate a section of Silk Wood at the arboretum.

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Silk Wood Community Planting Project: Baseline monitoring

Over the summer, a team of volunteers conducted a baseline survey in Silk Wood to discover which flora and fauna are present after a period of fallow following on from ash tree felling due to Chalara.

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Silk Wood Community Planting Project: Phase One funded

We’re thrilled to announce that Westonbirt Arboretum has raised over £350,000 towards Phase One of the ‘Silk Wood Community Planting Project’.

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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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Coppicing: A New Shelter

Earlier this year, the Coppice Regeneration Project saw the completion of a purpose-built shelter for the Coppice compound at Westonbirt Arboretum, thanks to funding from The Friends through the continued support of members and donors. Find out more...

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Silk Wood Community Planting Project - A trip to Delamere Nursery

After introducing Oscar and his role a couple of months ago, he has been busy behind the scenes planning and making progress getting ready for the project to regenerate a part of Silk Wood. Read on to learn about his trip to Delamere Nursery...

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The joy of volunteering at Westonbirt

Read a day in the life of a Westonbirt volunteer guide, Martin Green, who also generously gives his time as one of our charity trustees...

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New Silk Wood Project Manager

In January 2023, we welcomed Oscar Adams to Westonbirt Arboretum as the new Silk Wood Project Manager. We caught up with Oscar to find out more about him, his role and the future of Silk Wood...

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