The Tree


Photograph by Kathy Baxendale


The 6 week countdown to the festival has begun with the annual tree dressing of the great oak at Glemham Hall.

The  tradition  began in 2013 when Phillip Hope-Cobbold, the owner of  Glemham Hall, presented the FolkEast team with the challenge of covering the oak at the front of the estate  from an idea he had seen in an art exhibition. The covered tree he had seen in a photograph was 6ft tall. The Great Oak on the estate was somewhat bigger. 65 foot.

Well, the team can never resist a challenge …. and so it began.


Fe Tree 2016 John Heald 35-1 copy



Our Wonderful Tree Sponsors:

Katharine Ellen Designs,  Clothworks, Halesworth has , once again, kindly donated  the 120 metres of brightly coloured material to wrap the tree.

” I love being involved every year with such a great festival. I’ve been attending folk festivals since I was a child, they have such a relaxed atmosphere. I am delighted that I get to support this wonderful festival on our doorstep in East Anglia” 

Fi O’Reilly of Carolyn’s Haberdashery in Leiston.

A massive thank you to James Parker and Barney Marshall-Potter who kindly give up their weekend to spend two days up among the branches wrapping the tree.

We are always on the look out for sponsors  for the annual tree totem. Please do get in touch if you are interested.



 …and in The East Anglian Daily Times 2015