2020 celebrations

This year we’re celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum charity. Starting as a group of dedicated volunteers who loved Westonbirt we have grown to over 33,000 members who support Westonbirt Arboretum and help us to provide for projects, maintenance, upkeep, activities, events and interpretation.

We’re also marking 20 years since the beautiful Great Oak Hall was built. Fondly known as the hub of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum this handcrafted wooden structure was built with the help of staff, volunteers and members. Many events have taken place in the Great Oak Hall over the years, including, exhibitions, corporate days and weddings.

Great Oak Hall

During August we'll be opening the doors to the Great Oak Hall to share a very special display, highlighting the exciting achievements of our charity over its 35-year history, and the natural resources and craftsmanship that went into making the Great Oak Hall.

Our main birthday celebrations will take place over the bank holiday weekend (28-31 August). We hope you will be able to join us in saying 'Happy Birthday' at Westonbirt. We will have some wonderful demonstrations and fun family activities for you to enjoy!

Building the Great Oak Hall

If you have any photos, memories, links or history about the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum or the Great Oak Hall that you'd like to share with us, please do. We'd love to include your contribution in our Great Oak Hall display this year.

Email us at celebration@fowa.org.uk, fill out the form below or post your contributions to us.

We'll be revealing more throughout the year so check back soon or stay up to date by signing up to our monthly eNews. Email us with your details or phone us on 0300 067 3300.

2020 Celebrations