• Ayrshire Daily News

Fun in the forest - Wildwood Festival ends on a high

Over 500 people turned up to celebrate nature and our love of trees recently as the Wildwood Festival at Belleisle came to a close.

Despite the rain, a great time was had by all as there were loads of free activities to try and lots of entertainment too. The live music, storytelling, archery and bushcraft skills all proved popular, as did the marshmallows!

Some comments from festival goers included:

“Loved it! Well done to all!”

“Thanks for a great time my kids loved every minute and so did I”

“Excellent event, hopefully more like it in the future. Shame about the weather, well done to everyone involved.”

“Was great to go along and see the place all lit up. Nice to see so many families there determined to enjoy the event despite the rain!”

Running from February into March, the Wildwood Festival has proved to be a huge success. The health walks, volunteering sessions, overnight yurt experiences, guided walks and activities for schools have all helped bring us closer to nature.

Councillor Ian Cochrane, Sustainability and the Environment Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “We are committed to working with our communities to protect and enhance our natural surroundings.

“I’m glad that so many children and young people were involved as teaching them to enjoy and respect nature is an important lesson and vital if future generations can enjoy what we often take for granted.”

The festival was made possible thanks to funding from the Forestry Commission Scotland and was delivered by the Council in partnership with ACE (Adventure Centre for Education).