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Enjoy an active Autumn at Westonbirt Arboretum

Events at Westonbirt Arboretum

The Forestry Commission at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum has an array of activities to explore nature's seasonal changes this autumn - from fungi walks and free guided tours to family crafts.

The season kicks off with Forest Discovery Day on Sunday 30 September. The education centre will host free seed planting and craft activities for families. Visitors can also explore the new Propagation Unit to find out how the tree team collect, grow and plant Westonbirt's famous trees.

Popular family event Autumnal Highlights returns between 29 October and 2 November with activities discovering the exciting changes trees undergo during autumn.

Free guided tours will take place each Saturday and Sunday at 2pm until 28 October. Led by knowledgeable volunteer guides, the tours cover a variety of trees and routes. Sign up at the Great Oak Hall on your visit to take part.

The free autumn trail offers the chance to take in some of the seasonal highlights, as well as signposting some of the lesser known areas for autumn colour. Children can also seek out giant tree roots and other play items around the Old Arboretum and Silk Wood with the natural play trail. Pick up your free maps at admissions or the Great Oak Hall.

Arboretum Director, Simon Toomer, commented:

"Autumn at Westonbirt is known around the world and people travel from far and wide to witness the spectrum of colours produced by the tree collection.

"Our guided walks and activities will help people find out more about this fascinating season, whilst providing a great day out amongst the trees."

The hard paths around the arboretum are accessible for electric buggies and manual wheelchairs, which can be borrowed free of charge from Visitor Services. Book in advance by calling 01666 881218.

To find out more about Westonbirt Arboretum and what's on offer in autumn, visit

Explore Gloucestershire
25 September 2012


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