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2 December 2016

Arboretum Volunteers trip to Westonbirt Arboretum




Today was a treat to the group of volunteers who regularly turn up at the Cyril Hart Arboretum once a month and contributed to the excellent centenary celebrations this year. We were invited for the day to Westonbirt Arboretum and most of us had a very convivial ride over there in the minibus driven by our forest ranger. We were shown round the propogation area and then we all had a good walk over the Treetop Walkway and into Silk Wood. We were grateful for the warm cafe on such a cold day where we waited until it got dark so that we could enjoy the Enchanted Forest lights.






The public do not go in the propogation area so it was interesting for us to have a tour round and see the process from start to end. Seeds are collected from all over the world and are germinated here.

Air-Pots are used to grow the trees.

The Air-Pot is a plastic container, made from recycled bottles, and perforated with holes. Each undulating surface is shaped like an egg carton. 

As the roots grow, they travel towards the holes and when they reach fresh air, the tips are naturally pruned as they dry out. This encourages fresh, vigorous and bushy growth elsewhere in the root system, increasing the plant’s uptake of water and nutrients.





This tree is covered with burrs. A burr is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is commonly found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk or branch that is filled with small knots from dormant buds. Burrs are the product of a cambium. Burrs yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, one prized for its beauty by many





This is the beginning of the Treetop Walkway with stunning views of Westonbirt’s world-renowned collection of 15,000 trees from high above the ground which was opened this year .






Top facts!

13 metres high

300 metres long

20 pairs of wooden legs

Seven interactive hotspots

One crow's nest

One rope bridge

Accessible for mobilty scooters and wheelchairs!





This fun sculpture of dogs is seen as you finish the tree walkway.





The majestic beauty of towering trees lit by thousands of festive lights that line the famous one-mile illuminated trail through the Westonbirt Arboretum, with plenty of magical winter surprises along the way.

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