Friends of Mottey Meadows

Visit to Westonbirt Arboretum

Friends of Mottey Meadows

The day of our trip to Westonbirt Arboretum has arrived and we are all looking forward to seeing the trees in their magnificent splendour. We were not disappointed !!!!!!

         

Westonbirt Arboretum is managed by The Forestry Commission and has about 2500 species of trees. Planting started in the 1850s by Robert Holford, who was then the owner of the estate and currently has 15000 labelled trees in the grounds. There are 17 miles of accessible paths and free guided walks are available.

                 

A group of 30 of us travelled by coach to Westonbirt, arriving there before lunchtime, we then had 4 hours to enjoy the beautiful Autumn colours.

The weather couldn’t have been better. It was sunny with no breeze and a temperature of 14 degrees, so perfect for walking round.

The trees were spectacular, the colours on the Acers were rich reds, oranges and yellows which contrasted nicely with the greens of the pines.

Many of us crossed the new Treetop Walkway which gives spectacular views across the landscape. The Skywalk is 300 metres long, rising to a height of 13 metres and follows a serpentine path into the leafy canopy. At the end of the Skywalk you will find coppice workers and charcoal burning. Today was National Coppice Day and there were wood carving and willow weaving demonstrations and other crafts on display.

          

The Arboretum is a fantastic place which changes dramatically with the seasons. Whilst there we discussed returning in the Spring to see the Bluebells so WATCH THIS SPACE !!!