Treefest at Westonbirt enjoys a successful 20th year

Rob Hillesley shows one year old Archie Symes a pair of wood sculpted hares

‘Mushroom Man’ of the Yew Turn company Ralph Curtis demonstrates his wood-turning skills

Organised by the Great Tree Climbing Company, this tree was full of excited youngsters enjoying tree climbing in full safety gear

Ant Beetlestone cleaves a plank from his huge workpiece and begins the chainsaw sculpture that over a two day period would become a ‘Walking Bear’

Tim Richards cleaves a log in public for the first time in a timed competitionPictures by Chris Bowler

Inside one of the may craft tents that displayed some really excellent pieces

First published in News by , Reporter

TREEFEST at Westonbirt Arboretum has enjoyed a successful 20th year despite some bad weather on Monday.

The annual event runs over the August bank holiday weekend to celebrate the beauty of nature and welcomes visitors to join in with family activities, wood carving, live music and woodland skills.

The festival has a collection of exhibitors who return year on year and many came back for this special occasion.

Organiser Julie McKellar said: “We had lots of great comments from parents who couldn’t believe what a good time their children were having.”

“The whole thing was a very successful event and we had a very good response from the public and the people who came to do exhibitions.”

This year saw 28 acts organised by the 4014 Project providing live music for the festivities and street food stalls from Bristol’s Love Food Fest providing food for the crowds.

Julie thanked the 90 volunteers who made the event possible as well as those who led talks and demonstrations throughout the weekend and congratulated the schools which received a wildlife bench, including Malmesbury Primary Schools.

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