Westonbirt Magazine

Winter 2017

What's It Like to be a Westonbirt Volunteer?

Westonbirt relies on our incredible team of volunteers to help maintain the arboretum and ensure our visitors enjoy their day out.

We're extremely grateful for all their hard work. We asked some of our volunteers about their role, here’s what they had to say:

Volunteers clearing a walkway


"After I retired I wanted to do something useful. I’m a keen gardener so volunteering in such a beautiful place was a great option. It’s great to feel I’m doing something for the community and I get loads of satisfaction from my role."

John Butcher: Tree Team volunteer


Volunteer educating a family about Westonbirt Arboretum

"I love helping out with the family events and school visits. I’m retired and I wanted to contribute locally. I work with a great bunch of people. This is a top class attraction and I really enjoy being involved with so many visitors."

Ann Wakley: learning team


Volunteers helping visitors in the Welcome Building

"I’ve only been volunteering since May this year. I was mentored during May and June, and became a fully-fledged volunteer from July. It’s a beautiful environment to work in and I’m learning so much about the landscape and trees. I really enjoy talking to visitors and I work with a great bunch of people."

Gillian Hatton: Welcome Building volunteer


Volunteer guiding a group of visitors around Westonbirt Arboretum
"Volunteering here is not just a great pleasure but a privilege. Helping to preserve an internationally important collection of trees gives me an enormous amount of satisfaction, it’s great fun, absorbing and stimulating. Plus it helps me get my exercise regularly!"

Martin Green: volunteer guide


If you’re interested in being a volunteer we’d love to hear from you. www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-volunteering

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