We walk Woody ,our dog, at Westonbirt most days and it is truly beautiful,especially the Japanese Maple collection (the largest in the UK), eye candy for all nature lovers.Westonbirt is renowned during autumn for its wonderful maple collection, around 2,000 specimens and 300 maple cultivars. They provide an absolutely stunning array of autumn colour with Westonbirt’s Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) being particularly well known for their vibrant colour.Some of the first trees to start to show autumn colour are the big full moon maples (Acer japonicum) and The Chinese spindle (Euonymus oxyphyllus).There are over 50 specimens of the Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) which produces lovely autumn colour as well as the hickories,which have pure yellow foliage.If your after an autumn aroma then you will need to find the katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum), which compliments its autumn colour with a smell described as burnt caramel or candyfloss.
There’s also lots of unexplored colour at Westonbirt. Beech Bank near Waste Drive provides beautiful late autumn colour and Concord Glade holds various species which turn a gorgeous shade of tawny orange. The cherry collection in Silk Wood also has wonderful shows of autumn colour, all just off the beaten track.
Oak House No.1 is just 3 miles from Westonbirt Arboretum.
The Westonbirt Arboretum Autumn colours has been described as the best show outside of New England.
This year has seen major changes at Westonbirt Arboretum,in fact the whole entrance into the beautiful parkland has been revamped.There are now new car parking areas,so no more parking on wet muddy grass and there will soon be a much better system at the paying kiosk with more paying windows,so queues should move through much quicker.Another addition this year has been the makeover of the cafeteria/restaurant.