Westonbirt., the National Arboretum

Westonbirt., the National Arboretum

Charity information

Westonbirt., the National Arboretum

Westonbirt is the nation’s museum of trees and heritage landscape. We grow and protect species from around the world and help people understand the importance of trees in the environment & our lives.

Founded 1985

  • Mission statement

    We care for and conserve the UK’s arboretum and a Grade I Registered heritage landscape. Our museum contains over 16000 trees of over 2500 different species, including at least 1 of each of Britain’s native trees. We have 5 national tree collections, 80 champion trees and 77 red data book rare or endangered tree species. We sensitively care for the arboretum to ensure that the many species of flora and fauna that rely on it are respected, protected and encouraged.
    We connect people with trees and help them understand the important role they play in our lives and the environment. The arboretum is a beautiful historic garden that inspires people to learn about trees and the natural world and we educate our visitors about protecting them for the future. It’s a magical treescape for young and old to explore, play and relax within. We ensure public access to this part of the countryside and encourage people of all ages and abilities to engage with it. We provide 17miles of wheelchair friendly footpaths to ensure that everybody can reap the recognised health benefits of outdoor recreation.
    We encourage research into the effects of climate change and the threats of pests and diseases. We are an internationally important scientific resource and have an ambition to take on the role of England’s premier voice in all matters to do with trees. We are a test bed for new and diverse tree species. Our records and research contribute to ensuring the sustainable future of Britain’s woodlands

  • Aims

    Westonbirt., the National Arboretum aims to:

    • To enhance the visitor experience and encourage the public understanding of trees and their importance to the environment and economy of Britain and beyond.
    • To support the conservation, maintenance and devlpoment of the unique tree collection anbd historic landscape at Westonbirt for future generations.
    • To support education and learning within the arboretum, provide funds for students to work there and enable travel for the study and collection of material for inclusion at the arboretum
    • To sponsor events and exhibitions at or in connection with the arboretum to encourage access to and knowledge of the arboretum by the general public.
    • To purchase or accept any material connected with the study of trees on behalf of the arboretum and the financing of the publication of material connected to that.
  • Overview

    Established: December 1985

    Registered Charity Number: 293190

    Board members: 13

    Full time staff: 4

    Part time staff: 4

    Volunteers: 250

    Phone number: 01943 870770

    Address: Howard House Wagon Lane Bingley BD16 1WA

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