Fun Beyond the Trees at Westonbirt
I love Westonbirt Arboretum, but for me Summer is probably my least favourite season there, which seems a bit odd as, biologically speaking, the trees are at their best! On a sunny day the lush greens of the leaves and grass make the place feel so alive, but I am longing for all the colours that autumn brings.
The enjoyment for me at this time of the year comes from watching the girls enjoying Westonbirt. The arboretum has plenty to entertain them and the larger and older child who is part of the family! Freyja and Rich had lots of fun den-building.
Emily gets her kicks from deconstruction rather than construction, so delighted in reversing all of the hard work done.
Although there is a great play area, I love the use of the trees to make tree trunk stepping stones and raised walkways. They highlight the differences between my girls – Freyja has her hand held as she walks along because she wants to – she is nervous that she might fall. Emily has her hand held because we want to because we are nervous that she might fall!
Of course, on tree trunks with large areas where you are unlikely to fall off if you take a step Freyja is full of confidence!
Despite the Gruffalo trail being well over a year ago, it is really nice to see that he is still there and popular as ever with all the younger visitors.
Its all these little things that make Westonbirt worth visiting again and again. A walk is never really just a walk. There is enough to keep the girls interested and help them appreciate nature and the world around them.