Flower Power

Hanging for a mid-year break? Take a trip to Woodford, home of Queensland’s beloved Woodford Folk Festival, for The Planting: three days of talks, presentations, performances and – of course – tree planting. Twenty-one years ago, the Queensland Folk Federation launched The Planting as a working-bee weekend to help restore and regenerate the Woodford site, which was a dairy farm before its transformation into a cultural parklands for the annual Folk Festival. Since the first Planting in 1997, over 100,000 trees have been added to the site, bringing shade to the thousands of campers who flock there every December for a week of arts, culture and community. The Planting is now a festival in its own right, and this year’s packed program has something for all the family, including music, comedy, workshops, cooking classes, walks and children’s activities. Acts include Sloe Gin Junkies, Catherine Deveny, Sparrow Folks, Sahara Beck, Kell O’Shanassy and Ronni Kahn, but make sure you check out the full line-up here. The fun kicks off this Friday 5 June and runs until Sunday 7 June, so book your tickets quick sticks and get ready to plant some shade!