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Somerset Wildlife Trust Picked as Charity Guest for Farm Fest

 28th May 2019

28th May 2019  - Somerset Wildlife Trust are excited to announce that Farmfest have chosen to support its work, by inviting it to be one of the event’s two charity partners for 2019. Farmfest has been carefully crafted into one of the most inclusive and unique events in the UK over the past 12 years from its beautiful site in Bruton. This year Farmfest will run from the 25-27th July, and organisers will be kindly donating 15% of the ticket booking fee to the Trust to support its work across the county. 

One of the Festival’s themes this year is Love the Land, making Somerset Wildlife Trust a natural partner. The Trust will be putting on a variety of nature-based activities at the Festival to compliment the Love the Land theme whilst raising money for vital conservation work. Activities include building bug hotels to make homes for nature, creating wildflower seed bombs to throw colour into your garden and food for our vital pollinators.

Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Community Fundraiser, Kate Wilson, explains more, “We are so delighted to be working with FarmFest this year. Festivals in their very nature are designed for uniting people, for massive celebration and to collectively make a big noise – things that our natural environment needs us to do for it right now so that it can recover and thrive. A gathering such as FarmFest gives us a perfect platform to do all those things at a time when the decline in wildlife and the impacts of climate change are becoming a stark reality.  We need to immerse ourselves in nature, recognise how fundamental it is to our very existence, celebrate it together – and then, most importantly act to defend it. The Festival is going to be brilliant – so we’ll see you there!”

Farmfest’s Eco & Charity Coordinator, Irene De Pasquale, explains why the Trust was a natural choice, “The Festival was born twelve years ago through a kindred love of culture and the amazing landscapes around us.  It’s important that this ethos remains central to the Festival as the years go by.  We want to respect and give back to the land as much as we can and ensure that wildlife continues to thrive – so supporting the Trust in this way enable us to do that. The environment is in big trouble, so it’s about everyone taking responsibility in their home, in their workplaces and within their social and leisure activities to do what they can to be as environmentally responsible as possible.  We strive to recycle as much as we can, much of our décor and infrastructure is repurposed and reused each year. It all helps keep our costs, our footprint and ticket prices down.”

 

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About the Festival – www.farmfestival.co.uk

We started as a party for friends and 12 years on we’re still doing it our way, hosting a genre-defying melting pot of music, arts, party and people, set to a beautiful Somerset vista, the only difference is now we are hosting a party for 5,000 people rather than 500! Always independent, it’s good music, good causes and good times. For everyone.

Nominated for ‘Line-up of the Year’ at UK Festival Awards 2017.

As part of our ethos to support good causes Farmfest partners with a charity or two each year. We work together to offer a unique charity led event at Farmfest, raising awareness and thousands of

pounds for our charity partner organisations.

About Somerset Wildlife Trust – www.somersetwildlife.org

Somerset’s wildlife is part of what makes living, working and visiting the county so special. Somerset Wildlife Trust has been protecting vulnerable wildlife and preserving Somerset’s wild places for over 50 years and, with over 19,000 members, is the largest conservation charity in the county.  Alongside our members and volunteers, we work year-round to protect wildlife, transform landscapes and put nature back into people’s lives. 

Our reserves holding of over 1,700 hectares incorporates a diverse range of habitats from wetlands to woodlands, grasslands and meadows, and provide secure environments for a diverse range of wildlife such as Dormice, Otters, Hedgehogs, Barn Owls and many other species - as well as providing safe havens for some of Somerset’s most iconic species such as Bittern and Large Blue butterfly.

The majority of our work is made possible through the support of our members and people who live and work in the county who choose to make donations, fundraise for us or leave generous gifts in their wills. By working together with our members and supporters we really can make a difference.