Work Begins on this Year’s Enchanted Forest

Work has begun on this year’s Enchanted Forest, a Perthshire Big Tree Country event that is expected to attract over 25,000 visitors to the area over the coming weeks.

Specialist sound and lighting crews from one of Scotland’s leading production companies, NL Productions, arrived on site earlier this week to start the process of bring to life one of Scotland’s major tourism events.

With 10,000 metres of cabling, hundreds of light fittings, 26 distribution boxes, not to mention a team of specialist lighting and sound engineers, the build for the show is expected to take a full two weeks in order to get it ready for the first of 25,000 visitors who will visit the event from Friday 7th October. This year’s show “Transitions” has been designed by Simon Wilkinson (lighting) and R J McConnell (sound) whose combined expertise put on the multi-award winning 2010 event.

Tricia Fox, marketing manager for The Enchanted Forest commented “The build period for the Enchanted Forest is an enormous logistics operation. We’re so used to seeing our world lit up with street lights and building illuminations that we sometimes take it for granted that light (and electricity) is everywhere. But it’s not.”

“Every year we start with a natural woodland setting and absolutely everything, from the power sources to the cabling and even the lightbulbs, needs to be installed from scratch. It takes a team of five working full time, around the clock for a period of 14 days to complete the installation and that’s even before we’ve switched on the lights.” She continued.

Phil O’Halloran, head of NL Productions, commented: “There’s no mistaking that the Enchanted Forest is an intense logistical and technical job for NL Productions, however it’s one that we thrive on and, as we’re now commencing our second year of providing the equipment and production, we’re well versed in everything that nature can throw at us! Working with the Enchanted Forest management team, and with R J McConnell and Simon Wilkinson, we’re really looking forward to bringing the vision for Transitions to life.”

The Enchanted Forest, Scotland’s premier sound and light show, is due to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2012. Managed by the Highland Perthshire Community Interest Company, it recently swept the board at the Scottish Event Awards picking up the gong for Best Cultural Event, a judges commendation for Best Large event and the big award of the evening: The Event Management Grand Prix.