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Willow Weaving Workshop with Geoff Forest

Ellisland Farm


Ellisland Farm was the home of Scotland's national bard Robert Burns and his wife Jean Armour. On 24 November we will be celebrating National Tree Charter day at Ellisland; a site with its tree lined riverside walk and Burns apple orchard. Led by the Woodland Trust, the Charter for Trees, Woods and People sets out the principles for a society in which people and trees can stand strong together. It was launched in 2017 on the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest. Tree Charter Day is part of National Tree Week.


Robert Burns in 1791 whilst living at Ellisland wrote about his dismay at the removal of trees and woodland in Verses on the Destruction of the Woods near Drumlanrig:


'But now the cot is bare and cauld, 
Its leafy bield for ever gane, 
And scarce a stinted birk is left 
To shiver in the blast its lane'


Today trees and woods in the UK are still facing a similar crisis, from low planting rates, lack of legal protection, to threats from climate change. Tree Charter day aims to raise the profile of these issues and to make trees matter to everyone.


Ellisland want you to help them celebrate Tree Charter day, by making your own nature inspired decorations and taking part in our tree dressing activity. We are also lucky to have the appropriately named artist Geoff Forest delivering a half day workshop in willow weaving. This includes making a willow hoop to create a wonderful Christmas wreath, along with making Christmas stars and fairies. The workshop runs from 1-4pm and costs £20 per person. Booking is essential. For further information go to or pop into the Museum.


Willow Weaving Workshop £20 per person

Decoration Making and Tree Dressing is included in the admission cost:

Adults - £5.00, Concessions - £4.00, Children under 16 - Free

Tickets are available online from or directly from The Midsteeple Box Office 01387 253383

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