Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

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  • Animals / wildlife
  • Environment
  • Gardens and parks
  • Museums / heritage

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The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum supports Forestry England to preserve, enhance and enlarge this unique landscape, met for the first time. Established by a group of enthusiasts in 1985, the charity now employs eight staff and serves around 33,000 members, many hundreds of whom volunteer at the Arboretum – all helping to maintain the 630 acre site, with its 16,000 individual trees and shrubs.

Our objectives are to further public enjoyment and knowledge of this world renowned tree collection and to secure its sustainable future.  We do this by engaging, informing and increasing our membership and also by giving financial and practical support to the management and development of Westonbirt, The National Arboretum.

In December 2019 we launched our new joint 10 year vision for the Arboretum to be a ‘world leader in trees, inspiring people through education, participation and conservation.’ A key part of the vision is the delivery of a new significant infrastructure masterplan developing our science, learning and recreation facilities.

More information about the National Arboretum and FOWA can be found on our website including our governing document, details of trustees, our work and the arboretum itself.


In order to meet our charitable objectives and to help secure the future of the arboretum, we:

  • run a membership scheme, enabling those who become members to enjoy year-round access to the arboretum and also enjoy a range of other membership benefits;
  • engage and inform our members about the work of the arboretum, to further their enjoyment of the site and to increase their understanding of the important role that trees play in our climate;
  • promote the work of the arboretum on and off site to help "connect people to trees" and raise awareness of Westonbirt as the National Aboretum;
  • fundraise from a variety of sources (individuals, major donors, trusts and grant-making organisations, corporate partners) to generate additional income;
  • provide financial and practical support to the management of the arboretum, working closely in partnership at both strategic and operational levels.

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