With around 500,000 visitors to Westonbirt each year, the arboretum relies on almost 300 amazing volunteers who give their free time to support its work. Without them, it would simply not be possible to maintain and operate this world-class attraction.
Volunteers at Westonbirt Arboretum play a vital role in every aspect of the arboretum's operations. They help to:
- Care for the trees and footpaths
- Assist with events and school sessions
- Provide visitors with information
- Lead guided walks
- Take memberships at the Welcome Building
...and so much more!
The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum is a charity that supports the work of the arboretum. We are proud to fund volunteering at the arboretum, from uniforms and expenses to any extra training that is needed. Here are a couple of highlights from 2022; volunteers gave over 25,000 hours of their time, they drove 2000 visitors on the shuttle and helped record 60 plant species on the Downs.
We’re committed to supporting the volunteers who make the arboretum such a special place and are grateful for their hard work and dedication.
How to Support the Volunteers at Westonbirt Arboretum
There are a number of ways that you can support the volunteers at Westonbirt Arboretum. Here are a few ideas:
"Volunteers are a key part of Westonbirt Arboretum. Their ongoing support and commitment ensures that we can care for and conserve our amazing collection of trees and also provide a great experience for our visitors. The activities our volunteers are involved with are certainly diverse, but all contribute to what makes Westonbirt Arboretum so special and enable us to do so much more.”
Louise Amato, Volunteer Coordinator
Plus don’t forget to say hello to them on your next visit.
No matter how you choose to support the volunteers at Westonbirt Arboretum, your contribution will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping to make Westonbirt Arboretum such a wonderful place.