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The ARB Show: The festival of tree care returns to Westonbirt

Author:  Arboricultural Association
Last Updated:  28/02/2024
The ARB Show 2024
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Tickets now available for The ARB Show 2024

The festival of tree care returns to Westonbirt

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum Tetbury, Gloucester GL8 8QS

The ARB Show returns to Westonbirt this May for a celebration of the world of tree care. Tickets are now on sale for the biggest UK arboriculture show, promising a unique experience for all those with a passion for trees.

The Throwline competition
The ARB Worker Zone
The ARB Worker Zone Knot Tying Competition

The show came back with a bang last year with over 6,000 showgoers creating a brilliant festival atmosphere all weekend. ARB Show 2024 will feature some of the biggest industry brands and the latest arboricultural innovations. There will be plenty of choice, with many activities and over 80 exhibitors showcasing how fast innovation is moving in the arb industry. A strong mix of big names alongside emerging brands will be in attendance, complementing the exciting activities taking place across the site.

The show marks 60 years from the founding of the Arboricultural Association, and the home of tree care will be celebrating in style at the UK’s biggest annual tree care festival. Families can visit the public-focused attractions, which will showcase the importance of arboriculture and tree care. The show will offer a chance for Westonbirt visitors to have a go at tree climbing and access a programme of talks and activities showcasing the importance of arboriculture.

Main event sponsor Först will be returning in style and helping the trade fair to evolve, with activities and attractions for both the industry and the public. Först will be announcing some exciting plans in the coming months and promises to bring its legendary hospitality and a warm welcoming presence for show visitors.

Crowds visiting the National Arboretum can enjoy a packed showground featuring the Först demonstration arena while surrounded by one of the most important tree collections in the world. This showcase of the latest industry innovations and technology will have a new focus on interactive attractions.

Equipment specialists Honey Brothers will return with some exciting plans for the ARB Worker Zone, which will be the main hub for practising arb activities taking place at the show. This popular attraction with practical demonstrations gives arborists the chance to try climbing kit, explore the latest techniques and have a go. All this will take place alongside a timetable of events each day and a tree climbing tips and tricks drop-in area led by industry experts. At the Great Oak Hall, the Arborists’ Workshop talks will once again feature a range of top industry experts sharing knowledge on a variety of subjects.

A new location within the stunning Westonbirt cedar trees provides the perfect setting for the ARB Show Open climbing competition, where competitors of all levels will put on a display of skill and strength. Over at the ARB Show Activity Zone showgoers will be able to test their skills against the best with the throwline and knot-tying challenges. Last year saw Jay Parker setting an incredible new record time of 5 knots in 15.25 seconds.

The return of the festival of tree care presents a chance for the world of tree care to unite and nurture a wider appreciation for arboriculture. Association CEO John Parker said: “The ARB Show is our biggest single opportunity to bring together our industry and the public who have such a keen interest in trees. We look forward to welcoming this arb community of passionate people, so keen to support each other as professionals, learn, share and develop knowledge.”

ARB Show 2024 promises a celebration of trees and the latest advances in tree care and the science of arboriculture. Whether you’re an arborist or a nature lover, be sure to join us for an event that puts trees in the spotlight.

The ARB Worker Zone
Exhibitor Maquees at The ARB Show
Knot Tying Competition
The ARB Show Open Climbing Competition 2024

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This year we are running the tree climbing competition in the cedars within the main site, and delivering it in a slightly different format: There’ll be two competition trees, designed to improve accessibility to all and also to help prepare those who might be considering entering the International Tree Climbing Competition under ISA rules. One will run a competition to the same standard as the ISA ‘work climb’ and the other will be a new comp called the ‘ten bells challenge’. Both are open to all, and at all levels, so have a look at the website and get yourself booked on!

The ARB Show Open Climbing Competition is run by a team of Arboricultural Association volunteers who want to try and help advance UK climbing practice and safety. With the help of lecturers, the team have been able to guide and educate hundreds of students, spreading best practice and raising industry standards at a grass roots level.

We’re pleased to invite climbers of all levels to participate in the ARB Show Open 2024. Climbers’ equipment must meet competition rules and current best practice and industry standards.

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