Well, it’s been a while, but a revival is aptly timed to promote an event to be excited for. This year’s Big Tent Festival is just days away and has an impressive line up of talks, music, workshops, activities, food and much more! One of the main themes being explored supports Reforesting Scotland’s “A thousand huts” campaign lauched by a hundred folk in Edinburgh in June 2011. With over 800 Facebook followers, the campaign is showing strong growth including many urban dwellers seeking a frugal rural retreat at weekends.
Big Tent is hosting a unique Big Question session entitled “A Thousand Huts” which session will provide an opportunity to hear what the hutting campaign is all about and what we can learn from Wales and Nordic countries.
Speakers are Andy Wightman, land rights campaigner (Chair), Gerry Loose, Secretary of Carbeth Hutters on the joys and tribulations of hutting, Lesley Riddoch, journalist and researcher on hutting traditions in Norway and Scotland, Carol Craig, Centre for Confidence and Wellbeing on the value of huts in times of austerity, Jane Davidson, Director of INSPIRE at Trinity Saint David University (Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness) and Welsh Minister of Sustainability and Environment, 2007-11 on her experience of introducing and implementing the One Wales, One Planet policy on low impact development as a Minister for the Welsh Assembly.
This is one of the many enthralling and not-to-miss talks at the Big Tent Festival held at Falkland estate this weekend, 21st and 22nd July. Also, come and see how the windfall timber from the Forest of Falkland is being used sustainably for numerous purposes including uniquely designed huts! There will also be the opportunity to find out from Scottish Ecological Design Association, learn about woodfuel and much more.
Read the full programme here and get planning your weekend!
For ticket sales and more information visit www.bigtentfestival.co.uk – we’ll see you there!