The words “Westonbirt” and “autumn” are practically synonymous, at least to me. After all, this is the time of year when thousands of people from across the UK descend on this small patch of Gloucestershire for just one thing: the fantastic display of colours from the national arboretum’s collection of acers (Japanese maples). This is a seasonal spectacular that I’ve written about numerous times myself (here, here, and here to be precise), and it’s certainly worth catching if you ever have the opportunity.
But because autumn and Westonbirt are so closely intertwined, it’s very easy to overlook what the arboretum offers at other times of the year. For example, right now—this very week—the fiery autumn colours have been replaced by the soft pinks and whites of spring blossoms: magnolias, rhododendron, camellia, and cherry trees are bursting into bloom across the arboretum’s 600 acres.
Interested in checking them out yourself? Just book a ticket in advance to pay a visit to Westonbirt in person or keep scrolling to enjoy a virtual view.