30th March 2016 Join Us! Back in October 2014, staff from Bettys & Taylors, along with local school children, donned our wellies to plant 150 saplings at their Trees for Life Wood at RHS Garden Harlow Carr. To celebrate the fledgling woodland and the work we’ve done across the business planting and protecting trees, we’re kicking off the May half term holidays with a one day family Woodland Festival RHS Garden Harlow Carr, on Saturday May 28. The festival features performers bringing to life the different ‘Hero Trees’ of the forest, through storytelling, and includes face painting, woodland crafts, adventures trails and our very own Cone Exchange will be there. The event starts at 10am and ends with a special tree planting ceremony at 3pm. All activities are free and are based on a first come first serve basis. Normal garden admission applies. Activity times:
- Face painting 11am – 3pm
- RHS nature trails 11am, 1pm, and 2pm
- Workshops and wood craft 10am – 4pm
- The Cone Exchange crafts 10am – 4pm
- Hero Tree performances 12noon, 1pm, and 2pm
- Tree planting ceremony 3pm
Thursday 28th April - A month to go! The Woodland Festival is fast approaching so we went to find out what’s happening behind the scenes at Make A Wish Entertainment. Based in Harrogate, Make A Wish Entertainment was formed in 2006 by Suzanne Vaughan. Many parents and children will know Suzanne as 'Fairy Enchantica' and may have met her at various events including the most recent, Springtime Live at The Yorkshire Showground. Suzanne’s background in performing arts means her and her team have an extremely creative approach when working with schools and businesses; just walking into their creative space made the mind boggle. Suzanne said: “I thought Betty & Taylors was all about tea and cake but hearing about the great work they’ve done, I wanted to know more. In this world we can’t live without trees, so it’s vitally important to educate people, plant more trees and protect them from deforestation.” Suzanne goes on to say: “Trees have always been an important part of my life and ever since I was a little girl my favourite book was The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. I suppose it is where my inspiration for this business came from too as in The Magic Faraway Tree anything could happen!” We tasked Make A Wish to bring to life the Bettys & Taylors Trees for Life project through our ‘Hero Trees’. Inspired by the information boards, already based at our Trees for Life Woodland at The RHS, Make A Wish have started to bring to life the two ‘Hero Tree’ characters – Rowan and Oak. These characters will be performing through the day at the Woodland Festival including interactive sing along and storytelling to inspire the next generation of tree lovers. Why not come along dressed as a ‘Tree Hero’. Both the Rowan and the Oak would be very happy to see as may children’s dressed in their best tree inspired fancy dress. To end with a bang the festival will close with a very special tree planting ceremony led by the ‘Hero Trees’. Suzanne ends with saying; “I really hope locals will come along and support this event as it would be lovely to think this is the first of many Woodland Festivals to celebrate Bettys & Taylors Trees for Life project.” Finally we asked Suzanne what her festival essential was: “An umbrella, because if it rains you can use it or shelter and if it’s sunny you can use it for shelter.” We think this is great advice.
Thursday 12th May - Meet our Hero Trees Trees are our heroes, our national treasures. At Bettys & Taylors, we are so passionate about trees that we even have our own wood at RHS Harlow Carr Garden. Home to over 1,000 native species, the family-fun Woodland Festival on May 28 will be a great way to celebrate and learn about British ‘hero trees’. We will have entertainers dressed up as two of our ‘hero trees’. Both the Oak Tree and Rowan Tree (pictured above) have been brought to life through storytelling and performances, but here’s a little more about our other ‘hero trees’ in our woodland. The Willow Tree Known for its long and flexible stems which move majestically with the wind, the Willow is a magical tree, where wishes might be granted. Catkins appear in early spring and after they are pollinated, they develop small capsules which contain tiny seeds encased in white down. Willow catkins provide an important source of nectar and pollen for bees and birds who like to nest in the branches. The Hornbeam Tree The wood of the hornbeam is extremely hard and durable. The name derives from Old English where ‘Horn’ meant ‘hard’ and ‘beam’ meant ‘tree’. The Hornbeam is a haven for caterpillars, moths and finches feasting on the seeds and broad leaves. The Hazel Tree Hazel wood is incredibly bendy, and for centuries British craftsmen used hazel wood to make ‘thatching spars’ which would secure thatch onto the roofs of houses. Coppiced hazel also provides shelter for ground-nesting birds. Historically, in some parts of England hazelnuts were carried as charms and Celts and Druids believed that hazelnuts were a source of wisdom. In Greek mythology hazel branches were woven into headpieces and worn to protect warriors from evil. The Scots Pine Tree The Scots pine is an evergreen tree – native to the UK and found in abundance in the Caledonian Forest of the Scottish Highlands. Traditionally, Druids used to light large bonfires of Scots pine at the winter solstice to celebrate the passing of the seasons. Glades of Scots pines were also decorated with lights and shiny objects, just as we decorate our Christmas trees today. Why don’t you come along in your tree-inspired fancy dress to explore the fledging wood and find each of the five Hero Trees?
19th May 2016 - Gearing up for Bettys & Taylors first Woodland Festival It’s just over a week to go until the South Field at the RHS Harlow Carr Garden will be transformed into a hive of activity. Even if the sun isn’t shining on us, Saturday May, 28 will our first family-fun Woodland Festival and we hope to see you all there! The Festival aims to excite and educate the tree lovers of the future, whilst celebrating our fledging woodland. There’s so much to do, from leaf printing and clay puppets from Get Out More, to adventures in the wood with Woodland Adventure Company. Joblings, a Yorkshire joiner, will be hard at work using traditional methods to turn our hero trees into modern day implements.The atmosphere is set to me amazing with live music from The Paul Mirfin Band. So don your wellies and head down to RHS Harlow Carr on Saturday May 28. You could even bring along your picnic rugs, pop into Bettys and pick up a picnic lunch and have at the festival.