Support our students

600 acres, 15,000 trees, and just 6 members of staff on our tree team– as you can imagine, looking after Westonbirt Arboretum is a huge undertaking.

Each year the team hopes to take on two student arborists for a year-long placement. These placements are so valuable for both the students and the arboretum. The students gain valuable knowledge, skills and work experience from the National Arboretum’s tree team, and Westonbirt gains that much needed extra support.

STIHL support us to provide the Tree Team with protective clothing and chainsaws, but we urgently need you, our supporters, for help with other vital costs. 

  • £20 can pay for a pair of ear defenders
  • £50 can pay for a pair of secateurs
  • £100 can pay for essential training and certification for a student to get started
  • £250 can pay for important equipment such as hand tools and pruning saws

With your help, not only will you be supporting the vital work that the tree team do, but also allowing them to pass on their specialist knowledge and training to an arborist of the future.

Placements began in July, please make a donation now to enable us to fund the Tree Team's vital work.

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The opportunities to gain essential experience can be limited, especially for mid-year students, and so we feel it is very important to keep this offer alive.” – Mark, Westonbirt’s Curator

I’ve been able to really tailor the role in terms of getting bits of experience I need. It’s also been great to be around people with so much knowledge. Everyone’s prepared to take the time out and pass on the benefits of their experience.” – Joe, current student arborist