Inspired by Autumn at Westonbirt Arboretum

A Japanese maple (acer) in the Old Arboretum’s Acer Glade. Credit FC picture library.

Autumn at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, managed by the Forestry Commission, will this year be celebrated with poetry and photography inspired by the tree collection's spectacular seasonal changes.

Each stop on the seasonal trail, taken by over 100,000 visitors each autumn, will feature a Japanese haiku-style poem selected from entries to a competition run by the Westonbirt Magazine over the summer.

Visitors will also have the chance to submit photographs to an online competition.

More info & links
To find out more about the Inspired by Autumn photography competition, autumn guided walks, the colour watch blog and seasonal highlights, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt from 1 September.

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is part of the Forestry Commission estate and is renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection. Home to the National Japanese Maple (Acer) collection, The National Arboretum covers 243 hectares (600 acres) and contains 16,000 specimens. Visitor numbers are 350,000 a year, with a membership of over 25,000. Westonbirt Arboretum was established in the 1850s by wealthy landowner Robert Holford, and later developed by his son George Holford. Unlike many arboretums, Westonbirt is laid out according to aesthetic appeal rather than scientific or geographical criteria.

Further information about the Forestry Commission at www.forestry.gov.uk

The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum was formed in 1985. The charity's objects are to support The National Arboretum in promoting public understanding of the crucial role of trees to the environment and society. It is funded by membership receipts from over 25,000 members, other fundraising, and the use of the Great Oak Hall for events and activities.

More information at www.fowa.org.uk

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