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Westonbirt Arboretum
Managed by:Forestry Commission
OS grid reference:ST 845 897
Nearest postcode:GL8 8QS
Usual work:Coppicing

Westonbirt Arboretum is reported to be one of the most important arboretums in the UK. Established in 1829, and cared for by the Forestry Commission since 1956, the site contains around 600 acres of over 3000 different species of trees and shrubs, many of which are rare or endangered in their native home. OCV have been involved in a large-scale coppice restoration project at Westonbirt Arboretum. The traditional woodland management method of coppicing increases biodiversity of a site by allowing light to reach the woodland floor thereby encouraging growth woodland flora and fauna, which in turn increases the diversity of habiats.

Location

Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire is approximately 50 miles from Oxford. Leave Oxford on the A40 towards Cheltenham. At Northleach take the first exit of the roundabout onto the A429 towards Cirencester. In Cirencester follow signs to Tetbury and Bristol using the A49, A429 and A433. Westonbirt Arboretum is on the A433 near the village of Westonbirt.