It really is a no-brainer that Westonbirt Arboretum simply couldn’t exist without its dedicated Tree Team. So how does FOWA help with this vital work?
The Tree Team depend on charitable income brought in through memberships and donations. This money funds the essential equipment and resources needed to manage the collection, and ensure the arboretum's trees are kept in good health.
The team have become highly regarded expert arborists in their own right, utilising traditional skills and innovative new techniques to improve and enhance the arboretum. It's vital to keep these skills alive, not just for the benefit of Westonbirt Arboretum, but for all forests and woodlands.
"To plant the 300 trees we do each year, we need stakes, caging, ties, labels, planting equipment, a trailer and a mule. The Friends’ money is the oil that keeps us running."
Mark Ballard, Curator
Wildlife experts and members of the public descended on Westonbirt to hunt for the remarkable animals, plants and insects that have made their homes in Westonbirt's grassy downland. Take a look at what we found...
Our mechanical muscles
Looking after the arboretum on a year-round basis presents some interesting challenges. This calls for a range of vehicles and equipment specially tailored to our needs, the likes of which can only be found in a few places in the world. Find out more about these impressive vehicles...