Posts Tagged ‘Treefest’

Its nearly time for Treefest! By Gina Mills, Marketing Support Officer

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Well, the events team here at Westonbirt are almost certainly too busy to do any more blogs in the run up to Treefest, but the marketing team have just had a chance to go out on site and see everything taking shape ready for this weekend’s event – and it is looking fabulous!

Helter-skelter!

Helter-skelter!

Our first port of call was the helter-skelter, sadly not yet open, but looking suitably Victorian in its brightly painted livery. I get a feeling this is going to be a popular introduction to the festival.

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak

We then wended our way through some more of the festival set up, towards the Royal Oak Marquee, where live music from some of the best acts in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire will be on offer along with day time workshops in art, craft and poetry. The big surprise was, well, just how BIG this marquee is. We’re really grateful to Danco Marquee Hire for their support in helping us to make this a fitting venue for all that is on offer there. They’ve also created a light and airy bar area in the entrance to the marquee, and I hear tell that some excellent local ale and cider will be on offer! There was rather a dark sky over the marquee when we were out there, but you can see all the festive banners and flags that are starting to go up across the site, along with Julie’s now famous 1000 metres of bunting!

Wood Sales team

Wood Sales team

Throughout the rest of the site, stall holders are setting up shop, and there is a real sense of community. Our very own Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum Wood Sales team seem ready to start Treefest already – not long to go now people!

Wonderful carved creation!

Wonderful carved creation!

There were some very interesting arrivals to site as we took our whistle-stop tour, including this fabulous carved creature. Definitely one to look out for during Treefest, what an amazing piece.

Working Woodlands

Working Woodlands

We then made our way across to the Working Woodlands area, where our friends from the coppice restoration project here at Westonbirt were also setting up shop, with timber framed buildings emerging and beautiful benches being unloaded.

By this time tomorrow the festival will be in full swing. I for one can’t wait!

1000 metres of bunting? must be Treefest! By Julie McKellar, Events Coordinator

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

It’s very exciting here now and starting to feel really like a festival.

Danco Marquees have been here working very hard all weekend and yesterday, and we already have 27 small marquees, plus the big indoor and food hall up. But the really exciting marquee is the music one, it’s huge, in blue and white stripes.

The Treefest music marquee

The Treefest music marquee

The stage is due in on Wednesday, then Holmes Music Shop in Swindon is coming in on Thursday to deliver the drum kit that they’ve loaned us for Treefest. The lights and sound system are due to be installed later this week, and Jon and Ells from The 4014 Project will be here from Thursday preparing the music marquee.

Most of the caterers are in, they will be selling baguettes, burgers and new this year is the carvery. Andy from the Tree Team and the caterer have an interesting job this morning; they are going to be skinning the wild boar and the venison ready for the weekend. The Victorian-style Helter Skelter is due in this afternoon, that’s going to look great and I bet it will be a great view of the festival from the top.

Catering ready to roll at Treefest

Catering ready to roll at Treefest

There’s an endless list of things left to do and get delivered, like bins, toilets, showers for the camping, though Special Event Parking (SEP) are working hard preparing the campsite ground. Although the field has been mowed, SEP are busy mowing each row, and it’s a BIG field.

Later on in the week we will be putting up the festival flags and we have lots of them this year, then we have 1,000 metres of bunting, yes that’s right, 1,000 metres.

On Thursday the exhibitors will be arriving to put up the rest of the marquees and settle into their campsite.

Martin, one of the caterers, will start cooking the hog roast, wild boar and venison from 3am every morning from Friday, not much sleep for him then! He is also running a local real ale and local cider bar in the music marquee: that will go down really well.

So by Friday morning, when you all arrive for Treefest, everything will be ready and very colourful.

Treefest: our new-look festival, by Simon Toomer, Director

Friday, August 19th, 2011

I hope you enjoy our new-look festival this year. Treefest is the latest incarnation of an event the Forestry Commission has been running at Westonbirt for many years. The aim has always been to appeal to everyone interested in trees and their uses and this year’s event is more diverse than ever. Features such as medieval longbow archery, live music and camping will give Treefest a fresh new feel while the traditional focus of woodworking and crafts remains as strong as ever.
green woodworking_Rob Cousins
This year, we also have an exciting opportunity to celebrate the UN International Year of Forests. How we all use wood and other forest products in our everyday lives can have a major influence on the wellbeing of the world’s trees and forest ecosystems and here at Westonbirt we want to help people understand that relationship. Throughout the weekend, the Great Oak Hall will become an interactive learning centre where children and adults alike can learn while having fun.
Treefest Childrens learning activities_FC picture library (1)
After 17 years as our main event partner, the charity Tree Aid has decided the time has come to go its separate way and we wish them well in their important work in Africa. The big tree carving that has proved a popular part of previous years’ events will continue at Treefest, on a smaller scale but with the same incredible skill and talent.

Many thanks for your continuing support for Westonbirt, The National Arboretum.