Edinburgh Treefest and Woodmarket

The seventh Edinburgh Treefest and Woodmarket is set to take place on the 14th and 15th of June 2008. This popular free-admission event, which is held at Inverleith Park, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, promises plenty of enjoyment for the entire family. The two-day Scottish festival features interactive crafts, displays and stalls, as well as demonstrations of horse logging, tree climbing, axe throwing and extreme mountain biking. Visitors can join in the games and enjoy the live music and entertainment, while feasting on a variety of tasty traditional, and not-so-traditional, treats and refreshments.

Exhibitors at the Edinburgh Treefest and Woodmarket include the Four winds Inspiration Center, which offer classes in wood sculpture, wood carving, rustic furniture manufacture and creative chainsaw carving. They will also be showcasing hand-made willow weaving baskets, plant supports and garden sculptures. Arbor-Antics offer a variety of woodworking workshops, with the emphasis on timber framing and log buildings, while the Arboricultural Association gives visitors insight into the science of arboriculture (“tree care” in layman’s terms). Aurora makes useful and decorative items, such as bowls, clocks, barometers and mirror frames, using primarily hardwoods and burrs indigenous to North East Scotland. Traditional wood crafts, games and activities will be displayed by Brotus Rural Crafts. For the wine connoisseur, Cairn o’Mohr Wines will feature superb Scottish Fruit Wines. The City of Edinburgh Council Ranger Service will help visitors to make a bird box, while Earth Calling invites visitors to join in their “Be a Tree” activity. The Scottish Lumberjacks will impress spectators with their chainsaw skills, and Wood for Good will enlighten visitors on the unique properties of wood. Additionally, numerous furniture manufacturers and art and crafters will reveal the versatility and beauty of wood. Children will be entertained with a variety of games and hands-on activities.

Another part of this event is devoted to wood fuels. Woodfuel is a renewable energy source that can be used for heating and cooking in your home. It’s also a good way to reduce your carbon footprint. Woodfuel comes in many forms, including firewood bundles, loose logs, kiln dried logs, briquettes or pellets. The most commonly used form of wood is firewood.

Saturday’s highlight is the Carnival of the Trees Procession at 12 noon. On Sunday visitors can enjoy the Sailfest at Inverleith Pond, where the Edinburgh Model Boat Club will entertain the crowds with a collection of model sailing boats.

Past events have been very successful, and organizers of the 2008 Edinburgh Treefest and Woodmarket are confident that this event will live up to, and even surpass, all expectations. So be sure to take the entire family to the Edinburgh Treefest and Woodmarket – even the family dog is invited, if it remains on a lead.