Sarah and the 2011 crew were delighted to have the opportunity again to run workshops on the Kidz Field at Glastonbury Festival at the end of June. We were hopeful that the weather would be as blissful as the previous 2 years, but those of you who were there, or saw it on TV will be able to confirm that this was not the case.
We arrived on the Monday and set up camp in the rain. Mud was already a major issue, with vans and trucks getting stuck all over the site.
The sun actually came out on the Tuesday, so we made the most of it and got to work glittering our tree. Due to its success and popularity last year, we decided to repeat the Glastontree workshops of 2010. We had arrived in the van, with a load of branches on the roof, which I had previously salvaged from a footpath along the river Lune in Lancaster, where they had been coppicing all the hedgerows. The branches were then all covered in glue and glitter- a very fiddly and time consuming task, resulting in glitter all over the inside of our tents, in our hair and on our clothes. This was Glastonbury, though, so glitter is always good, no matter where it ends up!
Once the branches were all glittered, they were planted on the kidz field, to create a beautiful, but bare glittery tree.
We then made the most of our time there before the gates opened to the public. Those of the team who were Glastonbury virgins, were blown away by the scale of the festival and we enjoyed many long walks, watching the city grow out of the fields. It was great to see green fields, knowing that in 2 days time, there would be no grass left, as 178,000 festival goers arrived on the farm.
Our workshops started on the Thursday morning at 9, and we were delighted to see many familiar faces from workshops of the previous years. It was amazing how many families had made a point of returning to our Glastontree, having loved the workshops before and still having the treasures that they had made displayed in their homes and gardens. This year we were decorating the tree using plastic rings that we had recycled from a fibreglass factory in Lancashire. As always, the kids were the ones inspiring us, and no two decorations were remotely similar.
By the end of the festival, we must have made at least 500 decorations. Every child took one home and also contributed to our tree.
We were also collecting words from the children and families, to put into stories that showcased their amazing imaginations. Many on the words were written on wooden discs, and added to the tree, and all were collected on paper and rearranged in the workshops to produce some amazing results.Watch this space for some of the stories to be published here soon.
I’ll sign off, for now with a few more images of our wonderful tree. We are so sad that there will be no Glastonbury next year, but I’m sure we will be popping up at other festivals throughout summer 2012. Big thanks go out to Jon, Aisling, Graham and Adam, for their hard work for DNA.