Crowds turn out to wake the trees

MHDE-07-01-12 WASSAIL JAN12 (12)'Wassailing, Daventry Country Park.
MHDE-07-01-12 WASSAIL JAN12 (12)'Wassailing, Daventry Country Park.

THE trees at Daventry Country Park were woken from their winter slumber on Saturday.

The annual Wassailing event saw a parade of people set out from the park’s visitors’ centre.

There was music, bells and plenty of banging of pots and pans to make plenty of noise to help wake the trees.

Led by the park’s countryside rangers, the group headed to the community orchard where they hung toast on the branches – a gift to tree spirits.

Maria Taylor, community manager at Daventry District Council, said: “There was a really good turnout to the event on Saturday, lots of families were enjoying the music, banging their pots and pans and having a good time.

“We were lucky with the lovely weather and it was nice to see the community supporting this traditional annual event.”

Wassailing orchards is an ancient English tradition and is meant to thank the trees for their harvest, and ward off evil spirits to ensure fruitfulness in the coming year.