Forests, creativity - and free festival tickets!

Museum of the Moon installation

Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram - Photo by @edsimmons_ @visitgreenwich 

Timber Festival
Forests play a vital role locally and globally, and a new festival taking place this summer in the UK will creatively explore this by bringing together forests, arts, ideas and music. The Ecologist will be there, and ELIZABETH WAINWRIGHT explains how you could win a family weekend ticket to be there too!

Forests play a vital and complex role in human and non-human ecosystems. This summer, Timber festival will explore the transformational impact of forests on people and places.

“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness,” said John Muir. Whether nurturing soils, or enabling forest bathing or forest schools, forests play a vital and complex role in human and non-human ecosystems. This summer, a new festival in the National Forest is set to explore the transformational impact of forests on people and places.

The National Forest is the first woodland to be created in the UK for 1,000 years, transforming an industrial landscape, creating jobs and new wildlife habitats, and giving people a new sense of belonging and wellbeing. The Timber festival will be exploring this on the 6th, 7th and 8th of July.

Would you like to be there? You can win a weekend family ticket to Timber Festival worth up to £395! (see terms and conditions below). All you need to do is follow us and share this article on social media (Facebook or Twitter) and tag @the_ecologist on Twitter, or @TheEcologist on Facebook, to be in with a chance to be there. We’ll pick a winner by Friday 22nd June. Good luck!

Transformative power

Highlights of Timber will include the world premiere of Seek, Find, Speak, the outdoor theatre companion to The Lost Words, music from Jane Weaver and This Is The Kit, a keynote address from Stuart Maconie, the English festival premiere of Jony Easterby’s new interactive performance Tree and Wood, and the greenfield festival premiere of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon.

You can explore the full line up here.

Festivalgoers will even learn how one man, Jason Singh, former Hull City of Culture artist in residence, makes music from plants and plant data! Jason said: “Nature has always been my first source of inspiration. As a beatboxer I am inspired by the rhythms and melodies of animals, birds, insects, aquatic life and I really enjoy mimicking these sounds and placing them in my compositions.  For me, its all about nature, inside and out.”  

John Everitt, an ecologist and chief executive of the National Forest Company, said: “People who live in the National Forest see every day how the planting of millions of trees over the last 25 years has changed their lives. Timber’s fantastic range of experiences, activities and thought-provoking interactions will offer festival-goers the opportunity to experience the transformative power of forests directly.” 

The Ecologist will bring you highlights and learning from the festival, as we think about the role of forests and creativity in creating wellness and change. ​​​​​​​

This Author

Elizabeth Wainwright is a contributing editor to The Ecologist, with a special focus on thought leadership. She also co-leads community development charity Arukah Network. You can find her on Twitter @LizWainwright.

*Terms and Conditions:

Weekend family ticket (worth up to £395) valid for Timber Festival at Feanedock, The National Forest on 6th, 7th and 8th July 2018 (2 adults and up to 3 children). Free admission for under 3s. Travel to/from the festival, accommodation  food/drink not included. Weekend ticket holders must bring their own tents for camping (at no additional charge) or book boutique camping experiences or off-site accommodation seperately through the Timber website. Tickets must also be purchased separately to bring a camper van/caravan/live-in-vehicle on site. Entrants must be 18+. Prize is non-refundable, non-transferable, non-exchangeable and no cash alternative offered.

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