The Westonbirt collection was originally started in the 1850’s by Robert Holford, a wealthy Victorian landowner who owned Westonbirt House and Estate. The Arboretum proudly boasts an internationally important collection of trees and shrubs. There are 15,000 labelled trees and around 2,500 different types of trees coming from Britain, Chile, China, Japan, North America and other temperate climates. Westonbirt Arboretum proudly boasts five national collections and 17 miles of paths to get around.
There are three main areas that make up the Arboretum: the Old Arboretum, the Silk Wood and the Downs which is a Grade 1 listed species rich area that is highly recommended as being a great area to have your picnic.
The Old Arboretum, which is a dog free zone, dates from the 1850s. It is the carefully designed landscape grounds made up of stately avenues of trees from all around the world and offering beautiful vistas.
The Silk Wood is even older. It is a site of ancient semi natural woodland that contains exotic plantings dispersed throughout it.
The next stage of the Arboretum development is the STIHL Treetop Walkway that is currently under construction. It due to be open by the late spring of 2016.
Contact Westonbirt – The National Arboretum
Tel: 0300 067 4890
Fax: 01666 880559