Located in Gloustershire, Westonbirt is one of the largest and most important arboretums of the world. With 15,000 specimens and 2,500 species of tree from all over the world, the arboretum plays a vital part in research and conservation.
However, despite its popularity, there have been no additions to the woods for nearly 200 years. The last purchase was made in the 1800s, when Robert Holford bought Silk Wood.
This year, the Forestry Commission (running the arboretum) purchased a 29-acre neighbouring property. We caught up with Communications Manager Rebecca Hare about the details of the expansion.