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A festival of wood

  • 19 Apr 2012
Treefest

The UK’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt in the Cotswolds is to hold a three-day Treefest over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

There will be demonstrations of woodcraft and traditional skills, guided walks, family activities, woodland-inspired arts and crafts for sale, cookery demonstrations using local seasonal produce, live local music, storytelling and puppetry.

Visitors will be able to watch carvers create three large wooden sculptures that will become part of a new play trail. One will be inspired by the Vincent van Gogh quote: ‘If you love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.’ Another will be an ornate carved chair and based on the children’s game, ‘What time is it Mr Wolf?’ The third large sculpture will explore the idea of the superstition ‘knock on wood’, and when it is finished visitors will be able to create sounds by tapping it in different places.

Westonbirt, the National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission. It holds the UK's finest tree collection and is one of the world's most important arboretums. Westonbirt covers 243 hectares (600 acres) and contains 16,000 specimens including the National Japanese Maple Collection. It was established in the 1850s by wealthy landowner Robert Holford, and later developed by his son George Holford.

Last year’s Treefest attracted 20,000 visitors. Treefest 2012 is on 25-27 August, admission £12 per day (£10 in advance), £10 (£8) concessions, children free. Camping costs £60 a pitch for the three-night weekend.

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8QS
Tel: +44 3000 680400 (tickets)
Website: www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-treefest
Facebook: Treefest at Westonbirt Arboretum
Twitter: @WestonbirtArb
YouTube: Westonbirt Arboretum

Press contact: Katrina Podlewska
Tel: +44 1666 881207
Email: Katrina.Podlewska@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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