Festival aims to bring people together to celebrate nature

August 31 2021

The Brigstowe Village Band will greet the festival parade at Emersons Green Park

The Brigstowe Village Band will greet the festival parade at Emersons Green Park

ORGANISERS of this month’s Three Greens Festival have revealed more details about the event and their aims.
The festival is due to take place on September 25 and is the idea of volunteer group the Friends of Emersons Green Park.
As well as bringing the people of Emersons Green and Lyde Green together, the friends want the event to get people thinking about a new approach to our relationship with the Earth.
Lead organiser Chris Sunderland said: “Festivals have always been a way to stimulate our imagination and bind communities together with a common purpose.
“By focusing on Emersons, Lyde and the Earth as the Three Greens, the festival is designed to give us hope that we can live well on the Earth.”
Chris said a date near the Autumn equinox had been chosen as it is a time when day and night are the same length all over the planet
He said: “If it is successful, our local festival could provide a model for other neighbourhoods across Bristol and beyond.”
The festival will begin with parades starting separately at the Langley Arms Car Park in Emersons Green and Lyde Green Community Centre car park, assembling from 9.30am.
People are invited to take part using sustainable transport from walking and cycling to skateboarding. The organisers are suggesting people in the parade dress up, for example wearing a fancy hat, and carry something from nature with them like a bunch of flowers, or a branch.
When the parade arrives at the festival site at around 10.30am the natural objects will be arranged into a display.
Parade goers will be greeted by the Brigstowe Village Band, a local band that models itself on the days of Thomas Hardy.
The focus of the festival will be a big tent from which local naturalist Ed Drewitt will lead wildlife trails at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, and there will be talks about wildflowers and allotments, and lessons on apple pressing.
At around midday festival-goers will be invited to take part in a community promise about our relationship with the Earth, followed by Brazilian dance music from The Clube de Choro at 12.30pm.
A children’s nature-based play area will be set up and taster sessions of Yoga and Tai Chi will take place at 12.30pm and 1.30pm respectively.
Further walks and tours will take place during the afternoon and at 8pm there will be a Colombian music concert in the Village Hall led by professional musicians Francisco Correa and Emily Andrews, who live locally.
The concert and wildlife trails are bookable in advance via the festival’s Facebook page and website, friendsofemersonsgreenpark.wordpress.com, where more details can be found.
Organisers are also encouraging people to show their creative talents in poetry and photography competitions with a green, natural theme.
Chris said: “Why not have a go and see what happens?
“And, of course, come along on the day and join in the parades!”