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NEWS RELEASE No: 1660526 JULY 2016

Experience a world of wooden wonders at Treefest

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The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt is celebrating its final Treefest in style with a jam-packed line-up of activities to keep the whole family entertained over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Supported by STIHL, the three day spectacular will be held on 27 - 29 August and has an exciting programme of family activities, chainsaw carving, arena displays, music and crafts.

This years’ Treefest arena will be graced by the mighty STIHL TIMBERSPORTS team, where Britain’s lumberjack athletes demonstrate their epic strength and precision, sawing, slicing and chopping at speed!

For those after an adrenaline rush, The Great Big Tree Climbing Company return and children can zoom down the 25 metre zip wire or attempt to scale a 100 foot tall cedar tree.

For families after some woodland survival skills, den building returns and visitors of all ages can learn how to make their own woodland hideaway using natural materials.

For little ones, there’s a magical storytelling tepee and the fantastic ‘Piggery Jokery’ puppet theatre show on throughout the weekend.

New this year, Junkfish join Treefest with arty activities making butterfly wings, junk bugs, painted flowers and much more. Families can explore the children’s corner too, full to the brim with fun including playdough, Duplo and the junk ball run!

Awe-inspiring chainsaw carving returns this year with a twist, as a trunk of one of the oldest trees in the collection - felled last year due to ill health - will be turned into a creative masterpiece celebrating the amazing life of trees.

For those after a trinket to take home, 100 stalls join the festival and visitors can peruse their woody wares for kitchen and home, including pottery, garden furniture, cards, paintings and more.

Love Food Festival join the fun for a third year, offering tasty treats from over 30 local producers, from sweet treats and cakes to local meat, chutneys and cheese, to name just a few!

To silence rumbling tums on the day Treefest cooks up something for everyone with Persian wraps, pizzas, hog roast, burgers, salads, ice-cream and more!

Visitors can enjoy watching local craftsmen at work, making and showcasing their woodland wares from hurdles and fencing, to axes and shingles.

Mellow music will be the soundtrack to the weekend with a fantastic line-up of local artists taking to two Treefest stages over the weekend in partnership with the 4014 Project and supported by Stroud Brewery.
Simon Hough, event manager at Westonbirt Arboretum commented:

“We’re really excited to celebrate the final year of Treefest in a big way! It’s a summer holiday highlight for us and we hope it is for families too. Last year thousands of people of all ages joined us over the three days, and we’re expecting just as many to come and celebrate with us this year.

“We’ve got a packed programme and new additions for the final year that promise to keep the whole family entertained! It’s a glorious setting and children have free entry, which makes it a fantastic value family day out!”

Be the early bird and save 33% by buying tickets online by 5pm on 26 August. Adults are £10, students and Jobseekers £8 and Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum £5. Children under the age of 18 go free of charge.

Tickets on the gate for adults are £15, students and Jobseekers £12 and Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum £7.50, under 18s go free.

Treefest takes place between 27 - 29 August, between 10am and 5pm, with live music continuing into the early evening.
To find out more or to book tickets, please visit

For more information please contact:
Emily Beaumont-Pryor, Westonbirt Arboretum, on 0300 067 4851 or e-mail

Notes to Editors
The National Arboretum is situated at Westonbirt, three miles from Tetbury in Gloucestershire.
The National Arboretum is open from 9am Monday to Sunday all year round except Christmas Day.
Information on admission and events can be found at
1. Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and is renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection. Home to five national collections, the arboretum covers 243 hectares (600 acres) and contains nearly 15,000 labelled specimens. Visitor numbers are 350,000 a year, with a membership of over 27,000. 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 for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment.  Further information can be found at
3. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum was formed in 1985. The charity’s objectives 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 over 28,000 members, other fundraising, and the use of the Great Oak Hall for events and activities. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum is a registered charity (no. 293190). More information at  
4. STIHL is the No.1 selling petrol chainsaw brand worldwide; renowned for its revolutionary outdoor power equipment. A family-owned business based in Germany; STIHL employs more than 14,000 staff worldwide and sells product in more than 160 countries globally. STIHL is a proud global technology leader and the only petrol chainsaw manufacturer of all three key chainsaw elements – the engine, bar and chain. STIHL GB is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the global STIHL Group. In Great Britain, STIHL products are available from more than 650 specialist Approved Dealers who offer expert customer service. The cutting-edge STIHL range spans chainsaws, hedge and grass trimmers, multi-tools, pressure washers, construction tools and more. STIHL’s VIKING subsidiary meanwhile, is a leading manufacturer of lawn mowers, lawn tractors, robotic mowers and other garden equipment. STIHL is committed to long-term environmental protection and energy efficiency and as such, STIHL products include advanced, eco-friendly and fuel efficient petrol models. The range also includes low-noise, lithium-ion battery powered tools, plus lightweight electric models