Containing more than 3000 trees the National Memorial Arboretum is a very peaceful and living memorial to those members of the Armed Forces, its Allies and Civilian Organisations (such as the Police) that have fallen due to war and conflicts dating from the 1st World War to present Day.  
 
Spread over 150 acres the Arboretum started life with the planting of the first trees in 1997 on the site of an old Gravel Works bordered by the Rivers Trent and Tame in 1997. It was officially opened to the Public in May 2001. Since that day the site has changed with the maturing of the trees and new monuments being erected. Considerable thought goes into each memorial, for example if a regiment traditionally wears red berets then the trees representing them have red berries. An infantry regiment may be portrayed with trees planted in straight lines to signify troops standing to attention. In 2017 the Duke of Cambridge opened the award winning Remembrance Centre. In the following year "Visit England" Gave the Arboretum a "Gold Large Visitor Attraction of the Year" award and the British Coach Tourism Council awarded it the "Coach Friendly Attraction of the Year" 
 
Fairly Accessible to disabled people with good surface paths around the site. To get up close to some areas or wandering through the trees presents grassy surfaces that could be slippy in wet weather. 
A land train runs around part of the site (a charge applies) 
There is a Cafe and shop on site together with an exhibition area. 
This trip has been organised for a Group who will occupy the front half of the coach. 
Subject to traffic conditions it is expected that the visit will last about 4 hours 
 
Depart from outside Kings Norton Railway at 09:15, Bournville (Linden Road) at 09:20, Selly Oak (Harborne Lane) at 0930, Harborne (Lordswood Road) at 09:40, Edgbaston (Church Road) at 09:55 and City Centre (Dudley Street) at 10:05 
 
Fares: Adults £14 
There is no admission price to the Arboretum, it relies on donations and facilities are available for you to make a donation if you wish. 
 
To book this trip please phone 0121 459 7524 or use the contact form and we will get back to you. 
 
 
 
"Enjoyed my visit with Caltours to Butlers Yard today !" 
 
DB - New Forest part of a Short Break (via Facebook) 5th August 2017 
 
 
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