Tree and Woodcraft Fair at Les Cotils on Saturday 10 October 2015

October 10th, 2015 by Guernsey Trees for Life

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Guernsey’s second Tree & Woodcraft Fair will be held at Les Cotils, St Peter Port from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday 10 October 2015.

Guernsey Tree For Life organiser Richard Loyd said “our first Tree Fair, at Fairfield, Castel in October 2011, was hugely successful and we hope to have another sunny day for our 2015 Fair.”

“The programme includes all things tree-related from advice on planting, pruning and maintaining trees to demonstrations from local tree surgeons and skilled local woodcrafters,” said Andy McCutcheon, Secretary of Guernsey Trees For Life.

Nick McMillen from Field Farm Project based in Hampshire will be at the centre of the Fair.”

“Nick will be inviting all the family to gather around the campfire to learn some of the skills primitive family groups would have used in their daily lives, from ancient fire lighting techniques, seasonal crafts and shelter building,” Mr McCutcheon said.

Vanessa Crispini-Adams who runs the charity’s educational initiative, The Little Tree Project, said “we have activities planned for all the family from branch dragging competitions, conker battles, Autumn Art and nature inspired storytelling to seed planting of local oak and chestnut trees for the children.”

Rocquette Cider will be talking about their local apple products and Wild Guernsey will be sharing tips about foraging in Guernsey for ‘wild food’ from our hedgerows and shores.

Les Cotils will be providing a BBQ and the cafe will be serving teas and homemade cakes.

Local folk groups The Vraic Gatherers and the Bee Chamers will be playing throughout the day.

The Channel Islands Co-operative Society who are partnering the charity’s Tree Planting Scheme this year will be at the Fair to promote the initiative.

Kenny McDonald, Locale Operations Manager, said “anyone from Guernsey can apply to have trees planted for free.”

“They may have some land and wish to plant a coppice or mini-wood. However the scheme is also open to people who may have a small area at the end of their street or at their school that they think would be enhanced by a nice tree. We are keen to hear people’s ideas and help communities plant trees for the future,” Mr McDonald said.

Guernsey Trees For Life (previously called Guernsey Society of the Men of The Trees) has been planting, protecting and promoting trees in Guernsey for over 80 years.

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