THERE was plenty to carve home about as the Tweed Valley Forest Festival returned to Peebles at the weekend.

The two-day event, which has been running since 2006, has attracted over 5,000 people each year to Tweeddale to celebrate the connections with the area’s Halloween customs and growing forest culture.

Spectators had the chance to check out some of the best chainsaw carvers in Scotland on the town's Tweed Green, who created a range of sculptures and benches. The chainsaw extravaganza was introduced during the festival's tenth anniversary in 2015.

The 11th Scottish Conker Championships kicked off on Saturday morning, and the best players across Scotland were whittled down throughout the day.

After some fierce competition, Maisie Gordon won the Junior trophy, Jack Craigen took home the Youth award, Rosemary Kane landed the adult trophy and Ady Hurrell scooped the Rogue award.

Across both days, the Wood Market also offered the chance for visitors to purchase a range of wooden products both at Peebles Community Centre and at Tweed Green.

Organiser Chris Sawers told us: "The festival is over for another year and once again we have had a great weekend.

"The wee rain shower on Saturday morning soon cleared away, and provided a nice and dry afternoon for visitors, including those standing outside watching the carver's. Pete Bowsher created a wonderful eagle, plus Alice and Jeff Buttress showed off their carving skills on Saturday.

"Also on Tweed Green, Caitlin and her horse demonstrated the skill of horse logging on both days. Plus Keith Threadgall displayed his mobile sawmill and highlighted the many places it can work, whether it be a forest, a field or a garden.

She added: "I would like to say a huge thank you to all the people who came and visited us over the weekend, all the stands and exhibitors both inside and outside, and of course to all those family members and friends who volunteer their time. Without all of you it wouldn't happen or be such a great weekend."