Blog - Staff and trustees

The great drought of 2018

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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A Busy Membership Season

Winter is a time when the arboretum takes on a magical feel and some of the resident mammals retire into the peaceful world of hibernation...

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Where would we be without trustees?

It’s trustees week – a chance to showcase the work of our trustees. We catch up with our newest trustee Beth.

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Living with trees

It’s wonderful that Westonbirt Arboretum is a place where 500,000 people come every year to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life.

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Plant hunting...we're back!

After just over 3 weeks out in the field in Italy, we are now settling back into our daily routines here at Westonbirt.

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Plant hunting...week two!

We've just left Naples to head for Arrezo in the north.

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Plant hunting...week one!

After an action packed 9 days in Calabria and Basilicata we have made a total of 45 collections from our target and associated species list.

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A day in the life of a student arborist

Once again our student arborist placement is well under way, and this year we’ve been thrilled to receive the generous support from two funders, the Finnis Scott Foundation and the Ernest Cook Trust.

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Going out with a bang for the final Treefest...

This August will see us present what will be the last year of Treefest here at Westonbirt.

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Baby giant

One of the first plantings of 2016, this young Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) was planted on the downs area of Westonbirt. It is the first Giant Redwood of Westonbirt origin to be successfully germinated and grown on site.

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The end of a big black pine...

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

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Curator's very occasional blog

Following some very impressive thunder and lightning overnight, I ventured out into the Old Arboretum at first thing on Friday morning (18th July 2014) to check for any damage.

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All in a day's work...

No two days are the same for me at Westonbirt, & I have to say that the great variety of my role is something that I do enjoy.

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Dear Father Christmas

I have been a really good girl all year and so I wondered if you would be able to add one more present to your list? I would really love a new mobile phone, perhaps a smart phone ( as the screen on mine is cracked) please.

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