Westonbirt National Arboretum


[ Photo Blog #60 ]

Westonbirt Arboretum can be found near the historic market town of Tetbury in Gloucestershire, England.  It is the UK’s National Arboretum, managed by the Forestry Commission, and is perhaps the most important and widely known arboretum in the United Kingdom.  The arboretum’s 18,000 specimen trees and shrubs sourced from all over the globe provide a remarkable place for people to enjoy and learn about trees. It has 17 miles of marked paths which provide access to a wide variety of rare plants.

When I visited there in 2003 there happened to be an exhibition of what, only in the broadest sense, could be called ‘garden sculpture’.   I offer below some of my photographs taken at the time . . . 

 

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Just taking a work break

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A pointed remark

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Tear-drop Tree

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All wired up …

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… and suitably pigeon-holed

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Water-glass

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A hairy situation

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‘The green trees transported and ravished me, their sweetness and unusual beauty made my heart to leap and almost mad with ecstasy.’

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Mirrored garden #1

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Mirrored garden #2

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Mirrored garden #3

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10 thoughts on “Westonbirt National Arboretum

  1. Another place now on the “to visit list” Roland. it looks like a good day out. A great expression of how art and nature combine.

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  2. Thanks again Roland for showing and telling about this amazing National Arboretum. It is wonderful when a nation creates a place like this. 18000 specimen! Amazing. You got me hooked and I will look up how far the journey is as a long week-end to just see some of it would be wonderful.
    I find the art exhibition beautiful too and so many reflect nature around. Favourites….Water – glass and a Hairy situation
    / miriam

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