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Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, is located in Gloucestershire, three miles from the Cotswold market town of Tetbury.
The historic, Victorian picturesque landscape and internationally important tree and shrub collection is managed by the Forestry Commission and supported by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum. The 15,000 labelled trees (around 2,500 different types of tree) come from Britain, China, North America, Japan, Chile and other temperate climates. Planting started in the 1850s by Robert Holford; the rich Victorian landowner to whom the Westonbirt estate belonged. Within the 17 miles of accessible paths and five national collections, children become young adventurers, adults connect with trees through guided walks, workshops, self-led trails or volunteering. Led learning programmes for Pre-school and KS1 children are provided by Learning With Nature who work in partnership with the Forestry Commission. Led learning programmes for KS2, KS3 and KS4 students are delivered by the Forestry Commission's Learning Team based at the arboretum.


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  • Coach parking
  • Covered space
  • Disabled toilets
  • Hand washing facilities

Cafe, shop.


£4.50 per child for a led session (lasting 1.5 hours) includes entry to Arboretum.

What we can offer

  • Pre-visit information available
  • Provision of materials/equipment/livestock
  • Risk assessment
  • Self-guided activities
  • Set programmes
  • Tailored programmes

KS2, KS3 and KS4 programmes delivered by the Forestry Commission's Learning Team.

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