Tree Management

It really is a no-brainer that Westonbirt Arboretum simply couldn’t exist without its dedicated Tree Team. So how does FOWA help with this vital work?

Supporting tree management at Westonbirt Arboretum

The Tree Team depend on charitable income brought in through memberships and donations. This money funds the essential equipment and resources needed to manage the collection, and ensure the arboretum's trees are kept in good health.

The team have become highly regarded expert arborists in their own right, utilising traditional skills and innovative new techniques to improve and enhance the arboretum. It's vital to keep these skills alive, not just for the benefit of Westonbirt Arboretum, but for all forests and woodlands.

"To plant the 300 trees we do each year, we need stakes, caging, ties, labels, planting equipment, a trailer and a mule. The Friends’ money is the oil that keeps us running."

Mark Ballard, Curator

Keeping Westonbirt Arboretum healthy

We are raising funds to install a new Isolation House which will be used to control pests and diseases on new specimens, ensuring Westonbirt Arboretum remains healthy long into the future, and your support would be greatly appreciated. Learn more about donating to this project...


Wildlife experts and members of the public descended on Westonbirt to hunt for the remarkable animals, plants and insects that have made their homes in Westonbirt's grassy downland. Take a look at what we found...

Our mechanical muscles

Looking after the arboretum on a year-round basis presents some interesting challenges. This calls for a range of vehicles and equipment specially tailored to our needs, the likes of which can only be found in a few places in the world. Find out more about these impressive vehicles...

Equip an arborist

Help to support our tree team by equipping an arborist with essential tools and protective clothing.

Support Westonbirt your way. Find out how else you can support the arboretum.