31 Oct Days out… Westonbirt Arboretum
‘The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit’
It was a beautifully sunny October day so without a second thought we jumped in the car and headed off to Westonbirt Arboretum. With the wind and rain over the past week we thought we might have missed the best of the colours but Westonbirt didn’t disappoint.
The arboretum was started in the 19th century by the Holford family who brought in exotic species from all over the world. The staff still look at notes taken by the Holfords when they were establishing the arboretum to ensure they’re still inkeeping with the original vision. Visitors can see the nurseries where the staff are propagating new trees to keep the arboretum flourishing.
Westonbirt is split into two sections: the Old Arboretum and Silk Wood. The Old Arboretum has trees from across the globe dating back to the 1850s carefully planted to create beautiful avenues. Dogs aren’t allowed in the Old Arboretum and it’s much flatter as well. Silk Wood on the other hand is a bit more hilly but does allow dogs which generally means it’s a bit busier as well.
Westonbirt is a fabulous location for events and would make a stunning backdrop for any wedding. Or if you fancy an engagement shoot with a difference then look no further. As it was half term there were lots of impromptu family photo shoots taking place among the leaves.
The facilities are fantastic as well with plenty of choices if you fancy a bite to eat or a drink after your walk through the trees. They are currently building a tree-top walkway, due to open in January, which I’m sure will be well-worth a trip to see!
Where? Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, GL8 8QS
How much? £9 for adults and £4 for children (September to November)
When? 9am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm)