Ethereal extravaganza at Tring Park
Visitors were wowed recently when they attended the annual Tring Park Festival of light. Under the cover of darkness, visitors from Tring and beyond wrapped up warm, dug out their head torches and set off for a fantastic evening adventure.
The numerous installations positioned along a trail provided an incredible sensory experience. Multi-coloured lights created a magical walk through the lime tree avenue, fairy lights were used to demonstrate the extensiveness of a tree root network and a secret symphony of woodland sounds gave people the chance to listen to nocturnal wildlife sounds.
Children out on a night-time adventure got the chance to make lanterns out of paper bags, tissue paper and stickers and learnt about the wildlife living right on their doorsteps when they visited the British Ecological Society and Hedgehog stands. The clear skies offered an amazing opportunity for visitors to try out a spot of star-gazing with Tring astronomy centre in attendance. A variety of food and drink options were on offer and visitors could toast marshmallows whilst warming themselves by the fire.
The Tring festival of light is a favourite event amongst members of the local community and is well supported. In fact, it was so popular that all 2000 tickets were snapped up, making it a huge success! This success doesn’t happen by itself and Hannah Burgess, the Woodland Trust’s Visitor Experience Officer for Tring co-ordinated everything. Hannah was helped by a number of Woodland Trust staff members and volunteers to deliver the event.
Hertfordshire volunteers based at Tring and other Woodland Trust sites played a huge part before and during the event, painting UV trees, promoting the event on social media, helping on stands, welcoming visitors on the reception desk and marshalling the car park. They also assisted with the setting up and packing away of the event equipment. Thank you to all of the volunteers for their wonderful support on a chilly but exciting night!
Tree root image by Judith Parry
Lit-up-trees and fire pit images by Becky Brown