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Fosters Events set to take helm of Westonbirt kitchen

Independent caterer Fosters Events is set to transform three new dining spaces at The National Arboretum, opening in full to the public from the end of May.

Following a tender process, Bristol-based caterer Fosters Events were awarded a five-year contract and lease for Westonbirt, The National Arboretum.

Working in partnership with Forestry England, the business will provide public catering services to the growing 500,00 annual visitors, volunteers, members, and staff at the arboretum.

Details of the project, design, and key dates of the work on-site have now been revealed and people can begin to see what to expect from the new dining experiences at the arboretum.

New plans show everything from the furniture and furnishings to the dishes in the site's main restaurant will reflect the nature of the land and produce from within and around Westonbirt.

Key design features will include preservation of the original timber beams, contemporary green tiling, and an abundance of plants and foliage.

The same concept is at the core of the other two catering spaces, with a walk-in kiosk and ice-cream hatch, and outdoor smokehouse forming the last instalment of the new dining areas.

Andrew Smith, director of Westonbirt, The National Arboretum said: "We're delighted to be working in partnership with Fosters to deliver a new and refreshing seasonal menu for our visitors.

"Fosters commitment to championing local produce in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way that embodies our vision made them the standout organisation to elevate the catering offering at the National Arboretum.

Neil Lodge, chief executive of Fosters Events added: "The team have taken so much pride in the awarding of this contract and what the arboretum means to the local community and visitors of Westonbirt.

"We hope that you will discover a brand-new catering offer that communicates that pride and consideration, where every element has been designed with the arboretum and local people in mind. We cannot wait to welcome people through the doors."

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