‘Busiest’ forest festival ever

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THIS year’s Tweed Valley Forest Festival which finished at the weekend was the best so far, say organisers.

Co-ordinator Chris Sawers said the seventh annual woodland celebration was “the busiest festival we have had and very, very successful”.

More than 4,000 people are estimated to have attended the Woodmarket in Peebles alone at the start of the eight-day event, when the Scottish Conker Championships were saved at the 11th hour.

Ms Sawers said: “We were blessed with the weather. Apart from the fantastic Woodmarket and saving the conker championships, a highlight had to be the Giant Nights Out and the 35 people who went on the forest walk led by Forestry Commission Scotland’s Iain Laidlaw.”

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