Festival flourishes in spite of rain
Acrobat Nina Bambrey performed hanging from a tree in Emersons Green as part of this year’s Three Greens Festival.
A FESTIVAL to celebrate the natural world in Emersons Green and Lyde Green has made a successful return – despite the weather refusing to play along.
The Three Greens Festival was first staged last year in Emersons Green Park, to bring people of the two areas together, with the third ‘green’ being the environmental theme.
Organisers the Friends of Emersons Green Park kept the parade, nature walks, workshops, stalls and music that had been a hit at the previous festival but also added circus skills and story-telling sessions to the programme.
Staged the day after the hottest weather of the year so far, the festival started under cloudy, cool and humid conditions, with the first rain arriving not long after the opening parade from the Langley Arms arrived at the park.
The rain turned heavier towards the end of the day and the turnout suffered as a result of the weather, but around 200 people still braved the elements, sheltering in tents or under trees as they enjoyed the music and took part in activities.
Lead organiser Chris Sunderland said that despite the conditions, people who came along had been had been “enthusiastic” about the festival.
He said: “The tent sheltered people as they enjoyed the Brigstowe Village Band, and then parties set out with Ed Drewitt to encounter the birds in the park, then to Green Lane, with Whispering Woods, who gave an extraordinary performance of the ancient Scottish story of Tamlin, complete with music and drums and the spectacle of acrobat Nina Bambrey swinging from a red sash, hanging from an old oak tree.
“Back on the main site Christine Griffiths and her team enjoyed a continual stream of people, weaving natural objects into wooden frames and taking them away with pride.”
Chris said a circus skills workshop, held under the shelter of lime trees to avoid the showers, had been a “magnet” for children attending the festival.
Performances from Mangotsfield School Choir and the Bristol European Jazz Ensemble also took place under canvas as the rain set in.
The main part of the festival finished in the nearby library, with judging of the festival’s nature art exhibition, before an evening concert finale at Emersons Green Village Hall, with locally-based professional musicians Duo Correa Andrews.
Chris said: “Our idea was to help us all encounter and appreciate the natural world, to appreciate the plants and creatures who share our park and our Earth, but also to engage with nature inwardly through music, art and story.
“The Earth, of course, had the last laugh as the rain impressed on us how weak we are in the face of the simplest of its troubles and warning us of the more serious issues bearing down on us.”
All pictures by Drew Stiles of Misty Morning Photography