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Tree Dressing Day at Penrith and Eden Museum

Penrith and Eden Museum
Penrith and Eden Museum

[P]enrith and Eden Museum is inviting people to join local artist Karen MacDougall on Saturday 3 December 2016 for the festive occasion of the Museum’s Tree Dressing Day.

The event is free and members of the public can drop into the museum any time between 10.30am and 3pm – no booking required! During the workshop participants will be creating intricate mistletoe beads to complete the garland felted by participants of the Winter Droving workshop earlier this month.

The finished work will decorate the tree outside the Museum on Middlegate in Penrith throughout the Christmas period. Seeing their work up there between the branches of our museum tree will put a smile on anyone’s face during the winter time and get them into the festive spirit!

The day at the Museum is part of the national event of Tree Dressing, traditionally held in the first week of December. It’s an opportunity to come together and celebrate a local tree, and also a chance to reflect on the heritage of our local area and the role that trees have played in shaping it.

Trees have vividly engaged our local imagination and woven themselves into folk tales and legends of the Eden Valley. Uncovering some of these will be the aim of our exhibition ‘Tree Tales of the Eden Valley’, planned for next year.

There are a number of famous legendary and historical trees here in Eden – the Hart’s Horn tree or the Cedar of Lebanon  at Ormside and the Verdun and Festive oaks in Castle Park are just a few of them. Historic Inglewood Forest teems with legends and is home to the tales of Adam Bell, William of Cloudsley and Clym of the Clough – the Robin Hoods of northern England.

The displays will bring together the history, heritage and myths surrounding our Eden Valley trees and forests, highlighting the cultural connections with trees, but also personal ones.

The familiar aspects of our local surroundings are often overlooked, but they have great emotional value for the people who know them well. Over the next few months, Penrith and Eden Museum would like to collect ‘Tree Tales’ – stories and personal memories linked with local trees. Some of these will be included in the exhibition and a local artist will create illustrations for local Tree Tales. The Museum will also include a map of all of the trees pointed out and a walking trail connecting them.

The tree under which you had your first kiss and has your initials carved in its bark, the one in your granny’s garden that always bore fruit for homemade jam, the one that haunted you on your evening run or the one in which you built your tree house – no story is too small and we’d love to hear all of them.

Send your stories and photographs to [email protected] Entry to Penrith and Eden Museum is free, for more information visit or call 01768 865105.

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