The GW4 institutions of the University of Bath and the University of Bristol will be supporting the Natural History Consortium's award winning Festival of Nature as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. The University of Bath, the University of Bristol and the National Trust (a strategic research partner of GW4) are partners in the Natural History Consortium, a charity which aims to engage the public with the natural world through collaborative action.
Festival of Nature returns this summer after a 3-year hiatus, celebrating 20 years of collaborative action with a range of special events hosted in Bath and Bristol. This year's programme is the largest in the event's history, bringing together the largest natural history organisations in the region with a range of special events, including a special "Action for Nature" Day.
The eagerly anticipated event is set to captivate attendees with 60 events across 10 days from Friday 9th to Sunday 18th June 2023, including the Wild Weekend at Millennium Square and Anchor Square on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June. These two action-packed days will offer an array of nature activities, diverse stalls, and guest speakers. From arts and crafts to music and writing workshops, games, performances, and educational opportunities for both children and parents, this event aims to provide an enriching and enjoyable time focused on the wonders of the natural world.
Savita Willmott, Chief Executive of the Natural History Consortium which organises the festival, said: “We’re so excited to be celebrating our 20th anniversary with audiences across the West of England. We’ve pulled together our biggest-ever programme and can’t wait to bring together a huge range of organisations to inspire everyone to take action for nature this summer”.
The Festival of Nature aims to:
- inspire greater engagement with and action for nature through accessible, celebratory public events that attract new audiences and widen participation;
- raise awareness of further opportunities to engage with and take action for nature;
- recognise and enhance the region’s reputation as a leading centre for conservation, environmental research and public engagement with nature.
The consortium is made up of 14 organisations that deliver joint projects and develop sector-leading initiatives using evidence-based solutions supporting communications surrounding environmental causes.