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Timber Festival launches in the Midlands

Wild Rumpus, the organiser of Just So Festival, has teamed up with National Forest Company to create Timber, an international festival exploring the transformative impact of forests.

Taking place over 6-8 July 2018, Timber will be an annual camping festival located at Feanedock, a 70-acre (6.5ha) woodland site at the heart of the National Forest in Derbyshire. The organiser said it expects an audience of 6,000.

Timber has been designed to provide attendees an opportunity to experience the transformative impact of forests with artists, musicians, scientists and thinkers from across the world.

John Everitt, chief executive at National Forest Company, explained: “Timber is both a celebration and statement of intent: a celebration of how the National Forest has transformed 200 square miles of the English Midlands, and a statement of intent to create an international movement to champion forests. The festival will shine a spotlight on trees as a catalyst for change.”

The full programme will be release in early 2018, however the organiser has said it will revolve around seven themes, including provocation, sound, light, feast, time, gather, and breathe.

Each concept will delivere a curate programme of activities, from talks and discussions, multi-art live performances to food and drinks.

Timber Festival. Into the woods

Timber Festival. Into the woods. Photo credit Andrew Allcock

Sarah Bird and Rowan Hoban, directors of Wild Rumpus, commented: “We are thrilled to be partnering with the National Forest Company to create Timber together. We can’t wait to welcome audiences to the first festival, which will provide incredible and transformational experiences and, we hope, fast become a solid addition to the thriving UK festival scene.”

Timber is a not-for-profit festival with sustainability at its heart. Aiming to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy and carbon neutral, the event will partner with other international forest festivals to share knowledge and innovations taking place in forests and transforming lives across the world.

The National Forest is the UK’s boldest environmentally-led regeneration project, spanning 200 square miles across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. Working with communities, businesses and land owners, it is the first forest to be created in England for over 1000 years, and is an exemplar of imaginative and ambitious sustainable development.