A WINTER Lantern Trail will return this year with a new route, bespoke light installations and the UK’s tallest living Christmas tree.
The Glow Wild Trail at Wakehurst, a botanical garden near Haywards Heath, promises to be the “most colorful yet” and will feature over 1,000 paper lanterns, handcrafted by local volunteers, all celebrating the colors of nature.
Segments of the route are illuminated in different colors, with a series of playful lantern sculptures inspired by the insect world, created by illustrator Kerith Ogden, and a shimmering series of lantern birds, created by Sussex metal sculptor Michelle Dufaur .
Two new giant parade dolls will also encounter guests along the route, with Percy and Percie the Peacocks entertaining visitors at a pop-up refreshment shop.
The event will also feature a “shimmering green tunnel” inspired by plants, mosses and lichens, and a 12-metre platform overlooking an impressive projection of the garden’s Westwood Valley.
A series of water-based installations will transform Black Pond, with bioluminescent plants made of glowing UV material both above and below the water.
Designed by British Young Artist of the Year nominee Malgorzata Lisiecka, the installation aims to evoke the hues and movement of algae, seaweeds and plankton.
At the end of the trail, visitors are dazzled by 1,800 lights adorning a 37-meter-tall Christmas tree.
Tickets for the event are already on sale, with the trial opening to the public on select nights from November 24th to January 1st. Adult tickets start at £14, child tickets cost £11 and tickets for children under four can visit the trial for free.
The 535 hectare Wakehurst Garden features a diverse collection of plants from Britain and around the world, as well as Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank – the world’s largest seed bank of wild plant species.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20875947.windhurst-unveils-new-route-upcoming-christmas-trail/?ref=rss Wakehurst unveils new route for forthcoming Christmas Walk