Park celebration to help protect trees

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PEOPLE are being invited to join in the annual Wassail celebration at Daventry Country Park on Saturday.

The event takes place in the community orchard at the park, where the countryside rangers will lead the tradition of Wassailing the trees to awaken them for the coming season.

The Wassail dates back centuries and is thought to protect the trees from evil spirits and make sure they have plentiful fruit in the coming season.

The theme of this year’s event is Wind in the Willows and members of the public are being invited to join in the celebrations by wearing the appropriate fancy dress. There will be a prize for the best dressed group, best child (under 16) and best adult.

Everyone is invited to take pots and pans to help wake the trees of the orchard. There will also be hot apple cakes and mulled apple juice to drink by a bonfire.

Cllr Alan Hills, portfolio holder for community, culture and leisure at Daventry District Council, said: “This is a great way for the family to celebrate the New Year and join in a fun, traditional event in the countryside.

“The Wassail is always a fantastic occasion, so I would encourage everyone to go along.”

The Wassail is taking place from 1pm and people need to meet at the visitors’ centre. For more information contact 01327 871100.