EXPERT climbers are set to wow the crowds when the country's biggest tree care event returns to the stunning setting of Westonbirt Arboretum this spring.

The Arb Show on May 12 and 13 includes a national open tree climbing competition with entrants from all over the UK and Ireland providing an enthralling spectacle and a chance to learn about their skills in the canopy.

Knot tying and throwline competitions will be open to all, so visitors can put their own skills to the test to see if they have what it takes to make it as a master arborist.

Treasure hunts, guided walks, climbing demonstrations and outdoor activities for all ages are on offer – including children’s tree climbing, giving budding young climbers a chance to give the ropes a go.

This year, the Tree Care Forum also takes place, as part of the show, offering a programme of talks and activities showcasing the importance of arboriculture and the tree care community. It's aimed at tree care professionals and those of simply wanting to find out more about the subject while surrounded by some of the world’s finest trees!

Expert speakers will share knowledge on everything from tree diseases to ancient trees.

Arboricultural Association chief executive John Parker said: “We’re thrilled to be back at Westonbirt. The ARB Show is our biggest single opportunity to bring together our industry and the public, who have such a keen interest in trees. The importance of tree care is not fully understood, and many people will be unaware of the existence of the tree care profession.”

Westonbirt's events manager Hannah Ward added: “This event will shed light on the great work we do here at Westonbirt and the importance of arboriculture in protecting and caring for our trees around the world. Whether you’re already a professional or you are a tree enthusiast, this two-day event has something for all ages and everyone to enjoy.”

A new layout has been devised for the showground to enable exhibitors and visitors to make the most of the venue. The show will also feature some of the biggest industry brands and the latest innovations in arboriculture.

Visitors can enjoy exploring arboretum, which is home to five national tree collections and 140 champion trees.

Tickets to the ARB Show can be booked at