Outing to Westonbirt Arboretum 18th May 2018

On a beautiful sunny and warm morning (very welcome after the previous day’s downpours), a very small group visited Westonbirt Arboretum, situated in Gloucestershire, 3 miles from Tetbury. It is an extraordinary place for people to enjoy and learn about trees – there are 15,000 specimens from all over the world, and is a perfect place to relax, learn or have an adventure! The spring weather had made the arboretum come alive with wildflowers, rhododendrons, camellias, bluebells and much more. A new Treetop walk was in place and offered fine views across the landscape. The access to the walkway was accessible to everyone including dogs providing they were on a lead. There was a Gruffalo trail for the children to follow (adults as well)!

The Arboretum consists of three main areas. The Old Arboretum; Silk Wood an ancient, semi-natural woodland which has exotic plantings throughout its landscape; whilst the Grade I registered Downs hosts species-rich grassland and is a great picnicking location.  The arboretum is very popular when the autumn colours are out and at the Enchanted Christmas illuminated trail. As the weather was so good and warm most ate their packed lunch or purchases from the café sat outside. A look around the shop made a nice ending to the day. Thank you for your company. Pam

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