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By Euan Maxwell
New woodland festival hits region

HISTORY, heritage and folklore will be celebrated at a brand new woodland festival coming to Kirkcudbright next month.

Organisers from Kirkcudbright Development Trust (KDT) and Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities have put together a packed line-up of events for the inaugural Barhill Woodland Festival, taking place from 10-12 September.

They include beast hunting and unicorn walks through Barhill Wood, art nature classes, firewood sawing, interactive storytelling, a poetry exhibition – and much more.

In addition, there will be evening barbecues and a lightshow to round off each evening of the festival.

The event has been created in partnership with the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme and is made possible by funds from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with additional funding from the Dumfries and Galloway Council Community Events Fund, a new fund

designed to encourage grass-roots events to be put on to support their communities in the aftermath of Covid-19.

Helen Keron, education and community engagement officer for the Galloway Glens, said ahead of the festival: “The Galloway Glens have been so pleased to support Barhill Woods since 2018, when Rob

and his amazing team of volunteers carried out a project to create an Outdoor Classroom in the Woods, upgrade the red squirrel hide and make the path network more accessible to wheelchair users.

“The Woods are now a stunning backdrop to Kirkcudbright town –

diverse in wildlife and planting, and accessible for use by all members of the community.

“Recently we’ve been really excited to work with Rob and the team on this new Festival – it’s going to be great. Come along on the 10th – 12th September to see what all the fuss is about!”

Most of the activities are free to attend, although there will be a small charge for some workshops and classes.

Full details of the weekend’s timetable of events are available at


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