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The top 10 things to do at Westonbirt Arboretum this autumn!



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!)

    1.    Wear wellies at Westonbirt and stomp through the leaves
    2.    Catch an animal on camera in the arboretum – big or small!
    3.    Smell a candyfloss scented Katsura tree. Tip: sniff the air not the tree!
    4.    Find a quiet spot to stand still and listen to what’s around you
    5.    Have some family time amongst Westonbirt’s trees this autumn
    6.    Play hide and seek
    7.    Share Westonbirt with someone new
    8.    Hug the biggest tree you can find at Westonbirt
    9.    Drink a flask of tea under your favourite Westonbirt tree
    10.    Collect five autumn leaves; different shapes, sizes and colours!

The initiative will be launched on 1 October and will run until 30 November. To find out more visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-autumn, search for Westonbirt Arboretum on Facebook or search Twitter using the #westonbirt10 tag.


Explore Gloucestershire
30 September 2013


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