Woodland Festival celebrates green living

With green and clean living becoming ever more popular many of us are turning to nature and traditional crafts for inspiration.

Here in Derbyshire we have been extolling such values for years and the well-established Woodland Festival staged by the county council is a wonderful example of all that is great about the rural way of life.

The two-day event at Elvaston Castle Country Park celebrates traditional and contemporary woodland crafts with demonstrations and plenty of opportunities for people to have a go themselves.

You will be able to see experienced crafters in action, weaving willow, making clogs, barrels, chairs and furniture, paddles and coracles, hurdles and fences and even didgeridoos.

There will be artists carving with a chainsaw, blacksmiths working with iron, wheelwrights and woodworkers with pole lathes.

You will also be able to learn about forestry, orchards and grafting as well as tree climbing, bushcraft, survival skills and lighting fires.

Among the crafters demonstrating at the festival are Owen Jones, a swill basket maker, Malcolm Ward, a besom maker, Peter Wood of Greenwood Days, Graham Warren of Moosehead Canoes, chairmaker Peter Tree and chainsaw carver Andrew Frost.

The youngsters haven’t been forgotten and there will be special Green Man songs and stories and lots of activities to keep them amused.

There will also be a wide variety of stalls, not only selling great food and refreshments, but also bespoke gifts, beautiful craft items and plants. Others will offer information about wildlife and  heritage organisations.

The festival is on from 10am-5pm on September 23 and 24.

Special event parking charges apply all weekend so it will cost you £8 to take your car. If you go to http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/woodlandfestival you will be able to print off a voucher giving you £1 off the daily parking charge.