Conservation * Education * Wellbeing

Tortworth Forest Centre is a community woodland project which improves lives by reconnecting people with nature, through conservation, wellbeing programmes, outdoor events, courses and volunteering opportunities.

The Centre is based at Tortworth Arboretum, a historically and culturally rich woodland in South Gloucestershire. The arboretum is owned and leased to us by

The woodland is just off the M5 at Juntion 14, and is not open to the public apart from on our open days and event days.

What do we do?

With the support of volunteers, we are restoring the arboretum for community use, making it a resource available for volunteer and community groups to learn about and enjoy nature.

We put on events and workshops and invite community organisations to use the arboretum for their own events and activities too. We work with our partners to deliver projects that improve people’s lives through connecting to nature.

The arboretum

The arboretum’s collection of over 300 rare and champion trees was first designed and planted in the 19th Century and hosts an amazing and unusual ecosystem including wildflowers, deer, bats, butterflies and dragonflies, and many bird types.

It has suffered from serious neglect in recent decades, but the owners,, have offered us unique opportunity to restore and open it for conservation, education, and wellbeing.

There is huge potential to bring this unique place back to use and to share it with people who want to learn about woodlands and develop outdoor skills; schools groups, forest school classes, bushcraft courses and more.

We are looking for volunteers to help us do just that. So get in touch if you want to be apart of it.