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Local musicians, poets and artists join Treefest

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Rich Maya, a south-west based guitarist and songwriter

Some of the region’s most talented musicians, artists and poets will be at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The music and creative workshops will join family activities, demonstrations, wood crafts and exhibitors at Treefest, the new signature summer event at Westonbirt Arboretum, managed by the Forestry Commission.

Music, art, storytelling and poetry workshops will take place during the day. The wide variety of activities includes charcoal art, drumming classes and poetry walks.

From 4pm onwards, the music marquee will come alive with local acoustic and folk singers.

Wiltshire based organisation The 4014 Project will support the music at Treefest. In the past few years, The 4014 Project has grown to become a central hub for anybody with a musical talent in the region.

Artists playing at Treefest include Rich Maya, a south-west based guitarist and songwriter; The Bateleurs, an alternative folk group from Swindon; Jim Lockley and the Solemn Sun, a Cheltenham four-piece who have supported Mumford & Sons, Frank Turner and Chris T.T. and Grubby Jack, a Wiltshire based folk and country three-piece.

The musical celebration will finish on Monday 29 August with 90 minutes of open mic. The session will give budding musicians, singers, poets or comedians the chance to showcase their talents in front of The 4014 Project.

Workshops are open to all ages and are free after admission. The Treefest day admission ticket includes evening entry to the music marquee. The full line up of music and workshops can be found at

Treefest takes place between 10am – 5pm, Friday 26 August until Monday 29 August. For more details and to save with advance tickets online, visit Westonbirt’s website.

Notes to Editors

  1. Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and is renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection. Home to the National Japanese Maple Collection, the arboretum covers 243 hectares (600 acres) and contains 16,000 specimens. Visitor numbers are 350,000 a year, with a membership of 26,000. Westonbirt Arboretum was established in the 1850s by wealthy landowner Robert Holford, and later developed by his son George Holford.  Unlike many arboretums, Westonbirt is laid out according to aesthetic appeal rather than scientific or geographical criteria. Visit

  2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. For more visit

  3. The Forestry Commission supports the 2011 UN International Year of Forests – find out more at

  4. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum was formed in 1985. The charity’s objects are to support the National Arboretum in promoting public understanding of the crucial role of trees to the environment and society. It is funded by membership receipts from 26,000 members, other fundraising, and the use of the Great Oak Hall for events and activities. More information at  

Media contact

Katrina Podlewska, Communications Manager, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, on 01666 881 207 or email: