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ROOTING FOR LOVE AT WESTONBIRT ARBORETUM

Added: (Wed Jan 21 2004)

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January 2004

ROOTING FOR LOVE AT WESTONBIRT ARBORETUM ON VALENTINES DAY

If you are planning to celebrate Valentines Day a little differently this year - Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury in Gloucestershire may be able to provide an interesting alternative to the usual roses and chocolates.

To celebrate the most romantic day of the year the Arboretum is putting on a special romantic trail and quiz to explore the romantic links between trees and love, as well as offering craft activities for the whole family.

The event will take place at the Education Centre between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 14th February and will be included in the normal admission price for this time of year £5.00 for adults, concessions £4.00 children £1.00.

Westonbirt Arboretum with its magnificent tree collection contains many trees and shrubs with wonderful stories connecting them with love. So if you want to discover why almonds are given at weddings or why people refer to ‘family trees’ visit Westonbirt and explore the romantic side of trees.

Ben Oliver, Westonbirt’s Education Manager said ‘Many people are aware of the essential part trees play in maintaining our environment, but their impact on our culture is often overlooked. This is the first time we have planned a Valentines Day event and we hope that both couples and families will come along to join in the fun or take a romantic stroll around the arboretum.’

To find out more about Westonbirt’s 2004 education programme contact Ben Oliver on 01666 881211.

Press enquiries to Caroline Edmunds at Pennington PR on 01892 616647


NOTES TO EDITORS

The Forestry Commission’s Westonbirt Arboretum is renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection. Today, as a result of over 170 years of planting, the collection contains around 18,000 specimens in total, including almost half of those woody plants known to grow in the temperate climate zone covering some 600 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Indeed, unlike many arboreta, Westonbirt’s originator -Robert Holford - laid out his tree garden according to aesthetic appeal rather than scientific or geographical reasons. Its importance is recognised by the English Heritage’s ‘Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historical Interest’ as a Grade 1 Listed Landscape. His legacy is open for all to enjoy - a beautiful, relaxing and unique day out amongst some of the tallest, oldest and rarest trees and shrubs in the country.

The Friends of Westonbirt are a charity that supports the arboretum’s development. It has 13,500 current members many of who also volunteer at the arboretum.

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