Community and learning

At the Friends, one of our key missions is to ensure that everyone has the chance to experience nature. As the National Arboretum, there’s no better place than Westonbirt to learn about trees.

Group of people involved in community projects

Thousands of local school pupils visit every year, taking part in workshops that help children to learn about the role of trees within our environment.

It’s not just about environmental education though. More and more reports are proving the huge benefits that getting out into the woods can have on peoples’ wellbeing.

Four years ago, we secured Heritage Lottery funding to begin Westonbirt Arboretum’s community programmes, and we haven’t looked back. From bushcraft skills and outdoor campfires with youth groups, to natural arts and craft projects with disadvantaged adults, and outreach sessions for those unable to visit, these sessions have really made a difference to the more vulnerable members of our community.

The Friends fund 95% of all community and learning costs, and this is all thanks to the generous support of our members and supporters. We’re incredibly proud of this work. Without these programmes, there are people in our community who would not have the chance to get outdoors and experience the natural world.

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Give everyone the chance to experience nature at Westonbirt

“Without the Friends’ support there would be very little learning activity in the broadest sense at Westonbirt – the Friends are absolutely vital to learning.”
Ben Oliver, Learning and Participation Manager


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