Timber is underpinned by an ambition to share our love of forests, to celebrate the transformative impact of the National Forest and its rich and diverse heritage and to provoke thoughts, discussion and inspiration about what it means to live sustainably.

We hope our audiences join us for an incredibly playful and creative weekend whilst also helping us to manage and mitigate the impact of the festival on the environment.

Most importantly in this first year we’ll measure things and not just because we’re data geeks but so that it gives us a really sound understanding of the impacts we’re having so that we can see where best to focus our efforts in future years.

Sustainability — Timber Festival

We’ll be measuring:

  • Fuel Consumption on site
  • Water Consumption on site
  • Waste water produced
  • Recycling rates
  • Waste to landfill
  • Carbon emissions created by travel to the event from our audience, performers, staff and volunteers

Wherever possible we’ll procure goods and services locally.

In the first year we’ll work really hard to ensure the following stuff is top of mind:


We’ll monitor fuel consumption, aim to use a green tariff electricity supplier, use hybrid generators where appropriate.

We’ll use energy efficient light bulbs and turn things off.


Increase tap (instead of bottled) water usage through provision of sufficient standpipes.

Check on provenance of food ensuring it’s local, organic, fair trade and free range where possible.


For official travel we’ll walk, bike, carpool or take public transport where possible.

Utilise and promote car share schemes.

Offer secure bike parking.

Communicate the public transport options.


As well as using a local contractor we’ll aim to have a mixture of compost loos and water efficient portable toilets.


We’ll use durable and reusable materials for the build of the event, the signage and stages.

We’ll run a reusable cup scheme at our bars.

Set-up robust recycling procedures.

Ban excessive packaging, plastic straws, plastic bottles, plastic bags, disposable giveaways and uncompostable serveware.

Crush waste so that more can be transported in one go rather than adding to skip transportation.


We’ll undertake surveys of local wildlife habitats and ecosystems.


Reduce printed material by using digital communications wherever possible

Use Forest Stewardship Certification (FSC) paper, organic fair trade cotton and a mix of mineral and vegetable dyes for printing.


We’ll work with the local community to leave a legacy for them to enjoy.

We’ll set up a tip top volunteer scheme.

Work with local artists, performers and groups to make sure our International Forest Festival has a very local flavour.

Establish partnerships with HE establishments to ensure we’re at the forefront of new research and innovation.

We’ll rigorously evaluate where we get to in Year 1, keep you up to date with how we get on and let you know how we intend to address any problems we’re faced with.