Bowhill Giant Night Out

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THIS year’s Tweed Valley Forest Festival, which finished last weekend and featuring a Bowhill event, was “the busiest ever” say organisers.

Co-ordinator Chris Sawers said the seventh annual woodland celebration was “very, very successful”.

The second weekend of Giant Nights Out in a Dark Wood took place in Bowhill and proved almost as popular as the inaugural Borders weekend at Glentress the previous weekend.

The Bowhill event saw the audience walk with a storyteller and other performers into woods transformed by lighting and sound affects to where giant heads created from willow and hessian were placed earlier in the year. It was a near sell-out.

Ms Sawers said: “It was extremely busy, it went very well and there was really good feedback – and demand to do something similar next year!”

The festival boosted the local economy, but it was difficult at this stage to quantify it she said.

Asked what the event’s highlights were, she said: “Apart from the fantastic Woodmarket and saving the conker championships, a highlight had to be the new element, a Giant Night Out.”

Another success was the forest walk lead by Forestry Commission Scotland’s Iain Laidlaw which attracted over 35 people to hear about low impact forestry and new woods planned for the Tweed Valley.