The team at Westonbirt Arboretum were thrilled to pick up four awards at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) South West Awards last week.

They took home two regional awards plus the ‘Client of the Year’ for their project management of the STIHL Treetop Walkway and Wolfson Tree Management Centre, and also picked up the Sustainability Award for the Wolfson Tree Management Centre.

The respected RIBA awards are given for excellence in architecture, with the aim of championing and celebrating the best buildings and structures across the country.

Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum are the charity that supports Westonbirt, the National Arboretum and helped to raise over £2.4 million for both of these major projects. Mike Mintram, Chair of Trustees said “It’s fantastic for the team to be receiving recognition for all of their hard work. We’re thrilled with the outcomes of both projects, which are now integral parts of the experience here at Westonbirt!”

The STIHL Treetop Walkway structure has been open for just over a year now, adding an amazing feature for Westonbirt’s 530,000 annual visitors, who can now experience a whole new viewpoint as they meander through the treetops.

Westonbirt’s Tree Team has been thrilled with the Wolfson Tree Management Centre, which has given them a central location to store their equipment, greatly helping with the efficiency of managing all 600 acres at Westonbirt, the National Arboretum.

The team have estimated that around 2 hours are being saved every day, which used to be spent travelling around the site to collect the necessary machinery and equipment.

This isn’t the STIHL Treetop Walkway’s first award, having won the Tourism and Leisure Award at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) South West Awards earlier in May. It also won the Civic Trust Award earlier in 2017  at the longest standing built environment awards in Europe and an award in the Commercial and Leisure category at 2016’s Wood Awards which highlight outstanding design and craftsmanship in wood.


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