Each year 300 trees are planted out into the arboretum, most of which have been grown here at Westonbirt from seed.
Our expert team go on seed collecting trips abroad to gather species that have adapted to thrive in warmer climates.
These collections are vital for Westonbirt’s research into climate change, ensuring the survival of the UK’s trees as the weather warms. Having brought the seeds safely home, we want to make sure they have the best possible chance of growing into the champion trees of tomorrow.
Propagating specimens with a variety of needs is an art, and one that our Propagator, Penny Jones, has mastered. With an incredible success rate that involves germinating the trickiest of seeds to cultivating innovative new air-layering techniques, Westonbirt Arboretum has thoroughly earned its title of National Arboretum when it comes to exceptional propagation practices!
Providing this level of care requires a great deal of specialist equipment, some of which has now come to the end of its life. Currently, our polytunnels and shade house need re-covering and our entire drip irrigation system needs to be replaced. It may not sound like the most exciting equipment, but this kit is essential in ensuring our propagation unit can perform at its best and provide Westonbirt with the trees of tomorrow.