Our story and ethos

The Bearsden Festival is about making opportunities for Bearsden people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to connect, creating a more sustainable, vibrant and caring community. This year, Green Shoots focuses our attention on our wellbeing, nature and the environment.

We welcome participation and ideas. so if you are are an artist or community organisation with an idea or have a passion for event planning please get in touch to info@bearsdenfestival.org

Open to all

The planning team and a large army of volunteers and partners work hard to bring the Festival to life.


We want to be an inclusive organisation and ensure that everyone feels safe and valued taking part in the Festival. Everyone has a responsibility to ensure Equal Opportunities.  

We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds, whether to sit on the team or help out at events and projects. Opportunities will be posted on the website when they arise.


In 2019 we enjoyed 10 amazing days in May with over 40 events, Community Awards, and a Festival at Home programme.

All ages playing roles from ambassadors to stewards, cooks, performers and speakers. Truly a community event to remember.

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Bearsden Festival Association is committed to ensuring that all volunteers, participants and festival-goers are safe. We have developed safeguarding policies to meet these commitments, which can be accessed below. If you have any concerns about your wellbeing or safety or have concerns about any child or adult at risk attending a Festival event or project, then you should:

  • Talk to a Team Leader or go to the Festival Office, during main Festival events;

  • Contact any member of the Bearsden Festival Association committee;

  • Email info@bearsdenfestival.org 

Safeguarding policy

Complaints policy

Contacting us

You can always reach us via our email at info@bearsdenfestival.org.


You'll also find us posting thoughts, sharing local news and ideas on social media.

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Meet The Team

There are many people involved behind the scenes and everyone has a story.

Introducing a few of our wonderful volunteers on the planning team.

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Trish Robertson

I'm the festival coordinator and main contact point for enquiries. I have no doubt being in nature helps my wellbeing. I hope Green Shoots helps us to come together and look forwards after a difficult year.

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Jill Morrison

I have spent lockdown walking on the local paths, and even taken up golf as an alternative pastime. In normal times I’m involved with Bearsden Barista, a community cafe running out of Bearsden Baptist Church and also a social enterprise ‘Rise’.  

Erika Robertson

I am a keen photographer with an artist background, and often my subject matter is based on nature and the environment. I’ll be helping to develop the festival photography exhibition and nature arts activities.  

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Jane Gordon

I am delighted to be involved with the Festival once again because I firmly believe that creativity is for everyone and does everyone a power of good. I am missing the live Arts but enjoying and finding calm in simple activities like painting a pot or knitting for others. 


January Morgan-White

I believe talking, listening and connecting leads to healing. Going outdoors for even the shortest time improves mood and general wellbeing. I’m passionate about building on our already amazing community and for people to know that “they are not alone“. Green Shoots encapsulates all of these things and I am honoured to be a part of the Bearsden Festival again this year.