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The Queen affirms patronage of Westonbirt Arboretum charity

Her Majesty The Queen has announced her patronage of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.

The charity, based at Westonbirt Arboretum, works in partnership with Forestry England to protect and conserve the 600 acres and 15,000 trees for people to enjoy.

Upon receiving the letter of confirmation from Buckingham Palace, Emma Griffiths, CEO of The Friends, said: "We're absolutely thrilled to have Her Majesty's continued support as our patron. Her endorsement will undoubtedly amplify our efforts to raise awareness about our vital conservation work and secure future funding for the arboretum."

The announcement follows a recent invitation from His Majesty The King to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 21 May. Emma Griffiths and Jo Murray represented The Friends at this prestigious event, where members of the royal family connect with individuals from all walks of life who have made a positive impact on their community.

The Friends have recently awarded the arboretum with funds to update and replace the fleet of mobility scooters and wheelchairs, thereby enhancing accessibility for all visitors.

Funds have also been raised to establish a community woodland at the arboretum with 600 individuals from local schools and community groups already planting 3,300 trees over the winter months.

Looking ahead, The Friends are supporting several exciting new initiatives, including the enhancement of play facilities at the arboretum, with a public consultation held earlier this month to gather input from visitors and members.

The charity also welcomes two new members to its board of trustees - Sarah Bryars, formerly the chief executive, co-owner, and director of an award-winning PR agency, who will be helping to raise the charity profile, and Sam Addadahine, who brings valuable experience in digital technology and software development.

Emma Griffiths shared her enthusiasm for the organisation's future, saying: "It's an exhilarating time for our organisation as we celebrate our royal patronage and welcome our new trustees. Together, we are committed to realising our mission of securing a sustainable future for the Westonbirt Arboretum."

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