For most of the year gardeners are planting bulbs, pruning perennials and shaping shrubs. But as the leaves begin to turn our thoughts are inevitably drawn towards trees – not least because late autumn and winter are the best times to plant trees, but also because the leaves are changing colour day by day.

Trees are the backbone of a garden’s structure, whether they be small, potted fruit trees or large self sown standards. They provide a sense of permanence, height and beauty through the seasons.

This love of all things arboreal has been reflected recently in the growing number of wood fairs and events in our region – and two of the best are coming up soon!

Woodfest at RHS garden Wisley: 5th – 7th October 2018

Free to RHS members. Normal admission price for everyone else. You can save 10% booking online in advance. For all the information you need on location, times and planning your day see the website.

Enjoy demonstrations of traditional horse-logging, wood carving and tree climbing, as well as enjoying the incredible sounds of the inner working of a tree, heard through high-tech microphones. Not to missed if you’re a tree-lover.

Surrey Hills Wood Fair: 6th – 7th October 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Fish Pond Copse, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 7DW

Now in its 9th year this fantastic weekend of events showcases the very best of woodland crafts, traditional industries and delicious food and drink. Enjoy…

  • Coppice Crafts & Wood Products
  • Horse & Wagon Rides
  • Children’s Activities
  • Demonstrations, including Horse Logging& chainsaw demonstrations
  • Trade Stands
  • Local Produce
  • Bug Hunts
  • Wide Range of Catering & Beer Tent
  • Tree climbing and zip wires

To book tickets and for all the info you need see the website here.

Your only dilemma will be which event to attend on which day, as they are both on the same weekend. Decisions, decisions…