Friday 16 July 2010

Festival of the Tree

If you are in the Cotswolds at the end of August, you might want to take part in The Festival of the Tree.

This festival, at The National Arboretum in Gloucestershire, celebrates the world of trees and all their uses and runs from August 23rd to 30th.

Although it isn't specifically aimed at pagans - it is being promoted as a family event - I am sure any nature worshipper would enjoy it and it should be a great place to find unique wooden items of furniture, jewellery or ornaments.

A Sculptree event is part of the festival. Eleven sculptors from around the UK have been invited to transform large pieces of local wood into artistic creations. The tree sculptures, which will be auctioned off to raise money for Tree Aid when finished, are this year set to include a gorilla, a dragon and a wizard.

Another important part of the festival is Exhibitree - a four-day display of wood-based craftsmanship featuring contributors from all over the country.

This event takes place at Westonbirt 'The National Arboretum', Near Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8QS

Entry to the Festival of the Tree is £8 for adults between August 23rd and 26th, with the price rising to £10 for the final four days of the event. Children can enter for free at all times.

The Westonbirt Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and contains more than 15,500 individual tree specimens.

For more information on this event visit the Forestry Commission website: or the Friends of Westonbirt site:

1 comment:

James C. Wallace II said...

How lovely. I've written a children's book in which The Leader of the Sycamores and his tree Army are the villain, along with a band of Marauding Morels. It's nice to see people respecting trees in the UK. Can't say much for that here in the US.