Timber Festival: Summer festival honours the National Forest, England’s “newest” forest

Timber, an international festival exploring the transformative impact of forests, is making its debut this summer in the heart of the National Forest – the first forest to be created in England in over 1,000 years.

The family-friendly festival, which takes place from 6-8 July, will feature music, art, ideas and forest. The weekend event, which honours the forest and celebrates nature, also includes wellbeing sessions including tai chi and capoeira, as well as an eco spa, provided by Bathing Under the Sky.

Spanning 200 square miles across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire, The National Forest is the UK’s boldest environmentally-led regeneration project.

The National Forest is transforming lives, the landscape and the economy. Over the last 25 years, more than eight-and-a-half million trees have been planted by communities and landowners, increasing woodland cover to 20%, well above the national average.

Timber Festival, a collaboration between the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus, say: “There’s more to this Forest than trees. This transformation inspires people and businesses to connect, to get back in touch with nature and to flourish. We are creating a distinctive sense of place, a forest culture for the 21st century.”

Another highlight at the first-ever Timber Festival will be the art installation, Museum of the Moon, by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the touring artwork features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

Timber Festival takes place in the National Forest from 6-8 July. For tickets and more information, visit the Timber Festival website

Timber Festival

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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