Westonbirt's trees and shrubs are gathered from all over the temperate areas of the globe which means there is a succession of spring colour, from extraordinary rhododendrons from the Himalayas and champion magnolias from China to some stunning conifer foliage from Eastern Europe.
Visitors in March can expect to see the rhododendrons and camellias followed by magnolias. The Savill Glade in the Old Arboretum will be a wonderful array of colour and scent.
During April the rhododendrons will continue to flower and in Silk Wood, carpets of celandines and wood anemones will be found amongst the fresh new foliage bursting out on the native trees.
May will bring a sea of bluebells in the glades whilst the Japanese maples will open in a beautiful array of colours.
Westonbirt Arboretum is offering half price admissions every Wednesday in April and May: adults £4, children £1.50 Definitely a good excuse to take some time out and enjoy some spring sunshine.
Westonbirt , the national arboretum, is offering children free admission this summer (23rd July – 31st August) as part of its celebration of the United Nations International Year of Forests. Westonbirt is a fantastic location for a family day out in a museum of trees! They have many activities planned during the summer including crafts, trails, exploring pond life, spotting butterflies and more.
The summer activities will culiminate at Treefest on August bank holiday weekend – where there will be tree discovering family activities, expert carvers, local music, great food and over 100 exhibitors.
Until 31st July Westonbirt Arboretum is joining in Gruffalo celebrations up and down the country to mark the 15th Anniversary of the much loved children's book 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. There are two trails at Westonbirt, one in the Old Arboretum, starting at Great Oak Hall and one in Silkwood, starting at Waste Drive.
Hidden in the deep dark wood is a giant Gruffalo sculpture. 15 forests up and down the country are home to giant Gruffalo sculptures – the picture is of the Gruffalo at Alice Holt Forest in Hampshire. Each Gruffalo is totally unique – visit Westonbirt to find out what their Gruffalo is like!