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A tree will be planted in the National Forest for every Timber Festival ticket sold before Christmas

Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod

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Published: 4 November 2019

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A tree will be planted in the National Forest for every Timber Festival Early Bird ticket sold between 01 November and 24 December this year, helping in the fight against climate change and creating new habitats for local wildlife.

The organisers of Timber, the National Forest Company and event producers Wild Rumpus, are hoping that hundreds of trees will be planted in the festivalgoers’ names.

Broadleaf saplings

The National Forest Company has pledged to plant a variety of broadleaf saplings within the 200 square mile forest, including oak, lime, hazel, silver birch, rowan and wild cherry, to create a diverse woodland that will benefit people and wildlife for years to come.

The trees will be planted by the National Forest team between November 2019 and March 2020, which is the ideal time for planting trees in the UK.

The initiative will help the National Forest, home to Timber Festival, to reach its nine millionth tree since planting first began in the 1990s.

‘Timber is all about celebrating trees and forests and encouraging everyone to do their bit to be more sustainable, so we hope that people take this opportunity to make a real difference in the National Forest.

‘If you buy your Early Bird tickets before Christmas, your tree will be getting established by the time you come to Timber next year. We want as many trees to be planted as possible so urge our audiences to buy their Early Bird tickets before Christmas. Let’s get hundreds of trees planted!’

ROWAN HOBAN AND SARAH BIRD
Directors of Timber Festival

A transformational impact

Planting trees is one of the most effective ways of tackling climate change and encouraging biodiversity; trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, produce oxygen for us to breathe and provide vital habitats for native wildlife.

Spanning 200 square miles of the Midlands, the National Forest is the first forest to be created at scale in England for over 1,000 years.

‘The work we do in the National Forest shows that it’s possible to bring about real change through planting trees. We’ve been planting for almost 30 years and have trebled forest cover from 6% to 21% – twice the national average. The impact has been transformational: on the landscape, on people’s lives and on the local economy.

We’ve pledged to plant a new tree for every person who buys a Timber ticket before Christmas, so we hope that lots of people take the chance to get their tickets now and know that they’re doing their bit to help the forest grow.’

JOHN EVERITT
Chief Executive of the National Forest

It’s the UK’s boldest environmentally led regeneration project, spanning parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. Working with communities, businesses and land owners, it is an exemplar of imaginative and ambitious sustainable development.

Timber Festival

Timber takes place at Feanedock in the National Forest every July and is a celebration of trees and forests.

It also encourages audiences to re-examine their relationship with the natural world through carefully curated musical performances, installations, debates and workshops.

Thinkers, activists, makers, artists, musicians and writers gather to play, provoke and inspire as festivalgoers explore our complex relationship with nature.

A joyous, reflective festival, Timber gives you the chance to recharge and reconnect with your family, friends, nature and, most importantly, yourself.

Timber will take place for the third time in the National Forest from Friday 03 – Sunday 05 July 2020.

Click here to book Early Bird Tickets for Timber Festival 2020.

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