Following the success of the inaugural Wye Valley River Festival in May
2014 there was much enthusiasm to do it again! Through 2015 an
extensive Research and Development (R&D) process brought over 60
environmentalists, artists and community representatives together to
explore the theme of the River as a Global Artery, debating and
discussing our relationship with landscape, rivers and the social and
political implications and ramifications of our use of water and our
dependency upon it. The seed was sown, watered by successful
fundraising and planning you can now enjoy its succulent fruit.
The Wye Valley River Festival’s outreach projects started in early March 2016, combining arts
and environment in a unique and inspiring way. Artists, writers, musicians, designers and
crafts people worked with community groups, schools and individuals on a range of projects
leading up to the Festival.
More than 550 schoolchildren across the Wye
Valley were busy pond dipping and surveying
water quality in advance of the River Festival.
Countryside professionals and volunteers
introduced children to pond dipping and
water testing using the Freshwater Habitats
Trust testing kit and they also took part in the
Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) survey.