The magnificent collection of trees from all over the world was
begun 200 years ago by Robert Holford.
It was designed to be a great collection or a museum of trees,
the proper word being an arboretum.
The arboretum extended from the great family house. Now
known as Westonbirt School.
In 1956 the family gave the
arboretum to the country and
Westonbirt opned as a visitor
attraction in 1961.
Westonbirt is Gloucestershire’s biggest visitor attraction with
over 300,000 visitors a year.
Most visitors come to marvel at the amazing scenary, walk
through the beautiful woods and to learn more about the
collection of trees from around the world.
• Colourful Spring flowers bloom
• A great time to enjoy the sunshine
• Festivals and concerts are put on at Westonbirt
• The most popular time to visit Westonbirt.
• 150,000 people arrive in a 6 week period from
October to November to see the amazing colours.
• No flowers, few leaves, less visitors.
• Great on a frosty day for a cold winter walk.
• Illuminated at night for Christmas
• Westonbirt is used for studying and researching as well as for
teaching young and old about trees. But…
The following pictures show other things at Westonbirt other
than the trees. Write down what you think they show:
The following pictures show the facilities available at Westonbirt
for visitors. Write down what they show:
You will be studying Westonbirt Arboretum until Christmas and
producing a portfolio of work which counts as 33% of your grade.
You need to know Westonbirt very well. We will be visiting twice but now
you have to do some research before we go.
Using the leaflets find out at least 10 facts about Westonbirt Arboretum.
Try to look for what makes it a popular visitor attraction.
Then using the link from BalWeb and the worksheet answer the Quick
Fire questions about Westonbirt.