The trees are coming to town (quite literally), during a ‘tree-ific’ day of forest-focused installations, music, performance, discussions, films and workshops. Kids of all ages will love the umbrella tree and the Shire Hall itself will be transformed into the Shadow Forest, an immersive installation by Anita Westmorland, specially commissioned for the Wye Valley River Festival. Creative making workshops will keep youngsters occupied too. Catch a performance of ‘Heart to Hart’ our ensemble show, an arboreal fairy-tale that runs through the Festival like mycelium, a tale of love, loss, lime, whitebeam and larch.
If you care about woods and trees our day of debate and discussion at the Shire Hall won’t disappoint. Our Woodland Assembly includes a gathering of eminent speakers and experts talking about the hot issues surrounding woods and trees. Speakers include:
You can also catch Marsha O’Mahoney‘s talk, ‘River Voices, Extraordinary Stories from the Wye’.
Professor Lynne Boddy on Fungii and Mycelium networks
Dan Bebber on Tree Diseases
Colin Tudge on Radical Farming
Peter Harper on Physics and Politics
Owain Jones on Woodland Psychogeography
Everyone loves a world premiere and this is your chance to attend the film premiere of ‘Lady Park Wood’ by The Arborealists in the Shire Hall. Pop over to Monmouth Museum to feast your eyes on their exhibition of tree-inspired art between 11am and 4pm.
As dusk falls the creatures and the people of the woodlands will gather at Monnow Bridge for The Forest Fire Parade, a magical stream of extraordinary machines, poetry, lanterns, music, song and fire.
A forest of poems has been written about trees but surprisingly, few poets have ever displayed their poems within trees. ‘Beech Book’ and ‘Hear This’, the poems of award-winning creative writing student, Marchant Barron, will be floating amongst the trees on The Kymin, one of the best viewpoints in the whole of the Wye Valley. Up a steep road and tucked away, the trees on the Kymin have a view that rivals the sky. At the crest, the Kymin is crowned in history. A beech over two hundred years old, a silent witness to the sunrise shared by Nelson and Lady Hamilton, holds the sonnet ‘Beech Book’. This tree collects all our memories – a book of stories. ‘Hear This’ waits in a quiet grove next to a naval temple and watches Offa’s trail. This poem is about how trees hear our words when we are lost.
Marchant’s poems will be at The Kymin 5th – 20th May. The Kymin is cared for by the National Trust and open from dawn to dusk every day.
These are all FREE EVENTS
The Shire Hall is accessible throughout, as is the outside performance space (which is cobbled) in Agincourt Square.
The evening fire parade at 8.30pm will take place on a closed road and wheelchair users are welcome to join the procession.
The Kymin is accessed via a steep and single track road with passing places.
Mobility parking – three accessible parking spaces, adjacent to the Round House, beyond the car park
General Parking – at the entrance to the property, free; donations welcome
Toilets – available to visitors of the Round House (only when open, located on the first floor, not accessible to wheelchairs)
Sensory Experience Grounds – partly accessible, hard gravel paths, slopes with some steps
Pleasure grounds – mostly lawns
Seating – benches are scattered across the property
Naval Temple – accessible on one level
Round House – ground floor only accessible by ramp (please ask the room steward)
Pathways – rough and uneven surfaces throughout the property, some level ground. One large flat area of lawn, which is only accessible by crossing other sloping lawns