The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt has embarked on a new digital initiative to get people outdoors and enjoying trees this autumn. The #westonbirt10 is a list of the top ten things to do at Westonbirt, compiled by staff to reflect some of the unique experiences visitors most enjoy while at the National Arboretum during autumn.
From stomping through the leaves in your wellies to sniffing a tree that smells of candyfloss, the #westonbirt10 is all about encouraging time well spent in the trees.
Simon Hough, Recreation Manager for Westonbirt commented:
“This is a really great opportunity for visitors to approach an outing to Westonbirt slightly differently. We are really keen to provide visitors with a natural experience and hope that our #westonbirt10 ideas will be something that everyone can have a go at here in the trees this autumn”
But it’s not just about doing the top ten; it’s about sharing your experiences too! Westonbirt wants to see photos of visitors having a go, through posting their pictures on the Westonbirt Facebook page and Twitter account using the #westonbirt10 hash tag.
#westonbirt10 (in no particular order!)
Wear wellies at Westonbirt and stomp through the leaves
Catch an animal on camera in the arboretum – big or small!
Smell a candyfloss scented Katsura tree. Tip: sniff the air not the tree!
Find a quiet spot to stand still and listen to what’s around you
Have some family time amongst Westonbirt’s trees this autumn
Play hide and seek
Share Westonbirt with someone new
Hug the biggest tree you can find at Westonbirt
Drink a flask of tea under your favourite Westonbirt tree
Collect five autumn leaves; different shapes, sizes and colours!
The initiative will be launched on 1 October and will run until 30 November. Search for Westonbirt Arboretum on Facebook or search Twitter using the #westonbirt10 tag.
1. Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and is renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection. Home to five national collections, the arboretum covers 243 hectares (600 acres) and contains 16,000 labelled specimens. Visitor numbers are 350,000 a year, with a membership of over 28,000. Westonbirt Arboretum was established in the 1850s by wealthy landowner Robert Holford and later developed by his son George Holford. Unlike many arboretums, Westonbirt is laid out according to aesthetic appeal rather than scientific or geographical criteria. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt.
2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Further information can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk.
3. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum was formed in 1985. The charity’s objects are to support the National Arboretum in promoting public understanding of the crucial role of trees to the environment and society. It is funded by membership receipts from over 28,000 members, other fundraising, and the use of the Great Oak Hall for events and activities. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum is a registered charity (no. 293190). More information at www.fowa.org.uk
Now is a great time to become a member of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum. Join from just £28 to make the most of our spectacular autumn colour and a host of reciprocal gardens to visit: www.fowa.org.uk/become_a_member