Fun among the pines at Westonbirt Arboretum

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Make a pine cone monster at Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury Make a pine cone monster at Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury

Westonbirt Arboretum is offering families the chance to explore some fascinating and beautiful trees when it holds its Conifer Capers event from February 18–20.

The event, which will run from 10.30am to 3.30pm on each of the three days at the National Arboretum near Tetbury, will take families on a trail to discover some of the most fascinating conifers in the tree collection.

The trail will finish at the learning centre, where the Forestry Commission’s team of staff and volunteers will be on hand to help families with some very creative cone crafts, including the chance to design a conifer landscape collage and pinecone monsters.

Caroline Bennett, the Forestry Commission’s learning assistant at Westonbirt, said: “February is the ideal time of year to wrap up warm and explore our collection of conifers.

"Whilst other trees have bare branches, the conifers continue to delight visitors throughout the winter season. Many of these trees have come to us from all over the globe, and some are endangered in their native habitats.”

Conifer Capers runs from 10.30am to 3.30pm from Tuesday, February 18, to Thursday, February 20.

The event is included in the cost of admission, which is £5 for adults, £4 for concessions and £2 for children. Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum are admitted free.

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