New £1.4m visitor centre opens at Westonbirt

A new Welcome Building has officially been opened at the Forestry Commission's Westonbirt Arboretum by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Image: Glenn Howells Architects
Image: Glenn Howells Architects

The building is just part of a wider renovation of the Gloucestershire attraction, funded by a £1.9m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a £500,000 Biffa Award, and also by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum, the Forestry Commission, itself, and gifts from foundations, trusts and individuals.

The single-storey building houses the Christopher Mitchell Information Centre, an interpretation and information space, as well as ticket sales, membership, mobility scooter loan and toilets.

Its timber frame is of Douglas fir sustainably sourced from the UK, and a number of sustainable design features have been included. 

The Duchess, a patron of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum, also propagated a tree sapling during her visit yesterday (23 June).

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