Westonbirt Magazine

Spring 2018

Completing the cycle of life at Westonbirt

There are some absolutely magnificent specimens here at Westonbirt Arboretum and we want to ensure that every incredible tree is made the most of.

Sometimes our trees come down due to harsh weather conditions or when they naturally come to the end of their life. What a waste it is to see some of these unique and historic specimens turned into wood chip!

We’re hoping this will soon change. Having received planning permission to develop Westonbirt Arboretum’s Wood Centre, we have big plans to ensure the most is made of our trees, even at the end of their life.

The purchase of a sawmill will allow timber to be milled at the arboretum for the first time. £22k raised so far!

The construction of two new barns will act as somewhere to house the sawmill and the milled timber, ready for use when construction materials are needed for new structures or fencing.

The restoration of the roof on the historic cow shed will allow the buildings to be converted into a shop, demonstration area and improved workshop space. This will allow visitors to the arboretum to view and purchase hand-crafted wooden items as well as bespoke Westonbirt timber for use in their own projects.

We just love the idea of continuing to celebrate trees through their wood. From structures, to chairs, and even musical instruments, majestic Westonbirt Arboretum trees can continue to live on through beautiful, handcrafted pieces.


Having achieved over £22,000 in donations so far, we’re well on the way to purchasing a sawmill. There’s still a way to go though and we’re looking to raise £140,000 to see all of our plans realised. We’d really appreciate your help and hope that you’ll consider making a donation, big or small, to support this work. We can’t wait to see this area transformed into a vibrant and busy hub.


Please donate and find out more at fowa.org.uk/support-us/appeals/wood-project

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