Westonbirt, The National Arboretum
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is a stunningly beautiful garden of trees, located Gloucestershire. Both a popular visitor attraction and an internationally important tree collection, the arboretum boasts over 15,000 trees and 2,500 different species from all over the world. Take in the world famous spring and autumn colour displays, discover the hidden world of the tree canopy on the STIHL Treetop Walkway, or get the whole family involved on an activity trail on your next visit.
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Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.
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