Wye Valley River Festival [Postponed: autumn] back to all events

Our artists inspired us to change the way we look at trees and woods and how we relate to them in the environment through our 2018 Festival theme of Woods and Trees. Trees provide oxygen and store carbon, helping to slow down global warming. They provide habitats for wildlife – 500 species can live in a single old oak tree! They absorb pollutants and have therapeutic qualities too. Did you know that your heart rate and blood pressure will drop when you are surrounded by trees and your stress levels will go down? With 27% of the Wye Valley AONB covered in woodland, there are plenty of places to de-stress. We tested the therapeutic benefits of trees at our forest gathering at Symonds Yat which included an amazing night time music and light installation by artist Jony Easterby.