The historic, Victorian picturesque landscape and internationally important tree and shrub collection is managed by the Forestry Commission and supported by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.
The 15,000 labelled trees (around 2,500 different types of tree) come from Britain, China, North America, Japan, Chile and other temperate climates. Planting started in the 1850s by Robert Holford; the rich Victorian landowner to whom the Westonbirt estate belonged.
Within the 17 miles of accessible paths, Westonbirt Arboretum consists of three main areas. The Old Arboretum is a carefully designed landscape dating from the 1850s offering beautiful vistas, stately avenues and trees from around the world.
Silk Wood is an ancient, semi-natural woodland which has exotic plantings throughout its landscape, whilst the Grade I registered Downs hosts species-rich grassland and is a great picnicking location.
A guided tour of the Old Arboretum has been arranged, so we can find out more about the history of the landscape.
There is also a restaurant and café for our lunch.
Timings: Leave Leominster 9:00am., Hereford at 9:30am., Ross on Wye at 10:15am.
Depart at 5pm and travel back to Ross at 6:30pm, Hereford at 7pm and then Leominster at 7:20pm.
Costs: Guided tour, entry fees and travel costs are £29.00 per person
Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the day.