Impressions of Westonbirt Arboretum


Carefully laid out within a beautiful Grade One listed historic landscape, Westonbirt national arboretum is one of the finest collections of temperate trees and shrubs in the world. Covering an area of approximately 600 acres, it is home to 3,000 different species of trees and over 16,000 individual specimens.

Planted in the heyday of Victorian plant hunting in the mid-19th century the arboretum was established in 1829 by Robert Holford. Fascinated by rare and beautiful plants, Holford helped finance expeditions to collect specimens from around the world. It is now managed by the Forestry Commission.

Containing a host of rare and exotic trees and shrubs from across the globe, Westonbirt provides us with numerous opportunities for some wonderfully creative image making. Although most famous for its autumn colours, it is a delight to explore all year round with no shortage of image making possibilities.

This one day workshop is designed to help you look beyond the obvious and develop your creative eye as together we find new ways of interpreting Westonbirt. With a fondness for abstracts, and finding new ways of representing subject matter, tutor Andy Page is well placed to help you to learn to see traditional scenes in a new light, and with a maximum of just six on each workshop you are ensured of plenty of individual help and guidance.

We will look initially at details with the emphasis on capturing shape, form and texture with some fabulous exotic barks, exquisitely shaped leaves and delicate flower heads as our subject matter. We will then move on to look at the techniques of Intentional Camera Movement (ICM), zoom bursts, and multiple exposures which provide an opportunity for the creation of some unique images. Experimentation is key here and you will be encouraged to find your own way of capturing the subject, taking your photography to new levels. It's both fun and challenging as you discover the artist within you.

More information and how to book


Workshop Fact File

  • Available dates

  • 20th & 22nd October, 1st November

  • Location

  • Westonbirt Arboretum

    Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS

  • Tutor

  • Andy Page

  • Max group Size

  • 6

  • Start/finish time

  • 9:15 - 5pm

  • Photographic Locations

  • The Old Arboretum & Silk Wood

  • What's included?

  • One full day of photographic tuition and demonstrations, admission

  • What's Excluded?

  • Transport to and from Westonbirt, personal insurance eg: Cancellation Plan, equipment insurance, lunch

  • What will I learn on location?

  • Techniques and considerations of close ups, ICM & multiple exposures, working with light, composition, depth of field, use of filters

  • Ability level

  • Intermediate plus - please call to discuss

  • Fitness level

  • Moderate - some walking required, mostly over flat ground

  • Cost

  • £120

  • Deposit

  • £60

  • Places remaining

  • 20th October - 0

  • 22nd October - 4

  • 1st November - 4