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Winter wonderland at Westonbirt Arboretum


Winter wonderland at Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt - The National Arboretum, which is managed by the Forestry Commission, has turned into a winter wonderland following a week of the heaviest snowfall much of Gloucestershire has seen in decades.

The snowfall has generated a photographer's paradise at The National Arboretum. The 600-acre site received up to six inches of snow in places, creating magical scenes and a tranquil environment.

Simon Toomer, Director of Westonbirt Arboretum commented:
"When there is snow fall at Westonbirt, the place has a breath taking beauty to it. The contours of the landscape were designed by Robert Holford in the 1850s to enable all the trees and plants to be shown at their best. The snow really emphasises the shapes and views which he intended."

Westonbirt develops seasonal trails, one in the Old Arboretum and one in Silk Wood, for visitors to explore the beautiful surroundings.

The conifers provide a sculptured backdrop to the deciduous trees and smaller shrubs. Unexpected colour can be found during the winter from flaming red-barked dogwood, scarlet willows or witch hazels, which bloom spidery yellow flowers mid winter.

Wildlife is also in abundance during winter at Westonbirt, as the resident bird species are joined by a variety of northern migrants such as fieldfare, redwing, siskins and bramblings. But don't forget to look out for the old favourite, the robin.

  • Admission to Westonbirt - The National Arboretum from 2 January to 28 February is:
    Adults £6, Concessions £5 and Children £2 (under 5s go free).

For more information pick up a seasonal trail leaflet at the Great Oak Hall or visit the website.

*Image of Holdford Ride at Westonbirt Arboretum by Hugh Angus.


Explore Gloucestershire
11 January 2010


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