Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

Unveiling the wonders of Westonbirt: The key tree plinth project

Posted: February 28, 2024 at 18:41 pm

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

Westonbirt Arboretum boasts a remarkable collection of trees, each with its own unique story to tell. From towering giants to rare species, these trees hold immense scientific significance and capture the imagination of visitors.

Thanks to our members’ continued support, we have generously funded the creation of informative plinths for 40 of Westonbirt's key tree species. These beautifully designed plinths offer a wealth of information, catering to all interests:

Science: Learn about the tree's biology, its role in the ecosystem, and its potential uses.

Folklore: Discover fascinating myths and legends associated with the tree.

Religion: Explore the cultural and spiritual significance of the tree in different communities.

Culture: Gain insights into the historical and social importance of the tree.

Practical uses: Understand how the tree has been utilised throughout history.

Check out this behind-the-scenes look at printing the key tree plinths:

Key tree plinth project

The first 10 key tree plinths feature the following fascinating species:

- Giant redwood

- Holford pine

- Dawn redwood

- Katsura

- European larch

- Oriental plane

- Western red cedar

- Sea buckthorn

- Wild service tree

- Westonbirt diva magnolia

Carefully positioned within the arboretum's landscape, these plinths not only provide informative content but also enhance the visitor experience. They offer a permanent source of knowledge for those interested in delving deeper into the wonders of Westonbirt's trees during your visit.

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Visit Westonbirt Arboretum and embark on a journey of discovery. You might just surprise yourself with what you learn!