Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

38th Annual General Meeting (2024) & Summer Celebration

Join us online or in-person on 03 July, 2-4pm at Westonbirt Arboretum in the Great Oak Hall.

Event programme

14:00-14:05 Welcome from Neil Sachdev MBE, Chair of The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

14:05 - 14:15 Financial accounts and annual report summary by Emma Griffiths, CEO, The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

14:15 - 16:00 Guided tour - Silk Wood Community Planting Project OR Community Shelter. Both tours include an update from the Tree Conservation team.

14:15 - 14:30 Members joining online will be able to watch pre-recorded presentations about our work.

Register to attend

Guided tour details

Please choose one tour. Tour spaces are limited so please book your space today to avoid missing out.

In the event of wet weather, the tours will be replaced by presentations in the Great Oak Hall.

Silk Wood Community Planting Project - Join Oscar Adams and Meg Walder-Hills from the Silk Wood Community Planting Project team as they guide you around the 3,300 newly planted trees in the first half of the community woodland. Funded by The Friends, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the work has involved over 700 people so far, from school children to local businesses, in every stage of the project from design, planting, to monitoring and management.

Community Shelter - Join Westonbirt’s Community Coordinator, Mandy Leivers, for a tour of the Community Shelter. Discover the range of programmes and groups we collaborate with and explore the new Green Woodworking Shelter. During the tour, you’ll learn how funding from The Friends supports the Community Program, which directly engages with over 2,500 people from underserved communities annually, enabling them to connect with nature and enhance their mental health and wellbeing.

Both tours will include an update from the Tree Conservation team as follows:

Tree Conservation

Hear from Westonbirt’s Tree Conservation Manager, Dan Crowley, whose position is funded by The Friends, about our international tree conservation efforts. During the tour, you’ll see the Wollemi pine, dubbed the ‘dinosaur tree,’ planted by King Charles III, and the rare native whitebeams recently planted in Silk Wood. Listen to stories from our recent expedition to Taiwan to collect seeds from endangered trees to enhance the conservation value of our collections at the arboretum and hear about the latest work to survey the world’s rarest maple, Acer amamiense, on the Ryukus Islands of Japan.