MORE than 3,000 trees have been planted at a popular tourist attraction in our area thanks to a community effort.

Around 600 volunteers have taken part in Westonbirt Arboretum's Silk Wood Community Planting Project over the last few months.

In total 3,300 trees were planted by individuals from eight schools, two colleges, one university, six youth groups and 107 volunteers from groups based in and around Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol. 

This exciting regeneration initiative was made possible by funding and support from The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other sponsors. 

The community woodland project was set up to restore an area of woodland within the Westonbirt reserve to overcome the impact of tree falling in 2021 due to Chalara ash dieback, a fungal disease that kills ash trees.
Commenting on the project’s progress so far, project manager Oscar Adams said: “We’re delighted that so many trees have been planted in our first planting season of this big three-year project.

"Visitors are also telling us that they’re  excited to see the new community woodland taking place. 

"We thank everybody who helped us with the planting so far. 
"The work doesn’t stop here. We’re inviting community groups back again throughout the year to help us care for the young trees they helped us plant. 

"We’re also looking forward to the next planting season that will begin this November.
"Involving so many young people in the project is giving us the chance to inspire and excite them about trees, woodland management, and heritage conservation - securing the future for Westonbirt Arboretum.

"We hope they’ll frequently return to see how their trees grow!” 

 For more details about the Silk Wood Community Planting Project visit