About the Festival

Music-Natural Science-Art

‘nature and nurture together’

Between The Trees is a micro-festival set in a woodland, adjacent to the picturesque Merthyr Mawr National Nature Reserve and sand dunes on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, South Wales.

The festival has a unique theme of natural science, music and art and aims to engage people of all ages with the natural world. Musically, it is grounded in contemporary folk, Americana and acoustic roots, blending new exciting original talent with more established performers.

During the weekend, you will have the opportunity to create land art, investigate & observe natural science, listen to spoken word and debate. Families can explore the magical forest areas, the magnificent sand dunes and the sea beyond.

The Merthyr Mawr National Nature Reserve is one of Wales’ Sites of Special Scientific Interest and a haven for wildlife. The combination of a comparatively warm sunny site, lots of nectar from wildflowers and easy-to-burrow-into sandy soils create an ideal home for a wide range of moths, butterflies, reptiles and mammals. The unique soil and climate conditions give rise to a huge variety of plant life within its diverse grassland, woodland and saltmarsh areas.

We support local & independent craft makers, artists and food producers. Taste and experience simple, fresh and wholesome local produce as well as a wide range of local craft beers and ciders.

The Philosophy of Between The Trees

Plants, trees and insects were on this planet long before humans arrived and are likely to be on the planet long after we have left. Basically, life on Earth would survive without us as a species, but not without the other Flora and Fauna.

“Homo sapiens are just one of a myriad other species living between the trees.”

BTT is passionate about the role we play in the conservation and preservation of all life forms. We specifically aim to encourage future generations to respect their Planet and enjoy the beauty of nature through scientific investigation and environmental art.

In recent years, younger generations have spent less and less time playing and exploring in the great outdoors and observing wildlife in its natural habitat. Sadly, certain words of the natural world have been lost from their vocabulary such as acorn, otter, bramble, dandelion and many more. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children’s minds. Instead, children are spending too much of their time in front of screens. 

“Are we allowing social media and computer games to hijack their precious childhoods?”

We believe that through social interaction, play, art and investigative education, we can re-connect with the natural world. Andy Goldsworthy (land artist) summarises this up perfectly,

“We often forget that WE ARE NATURE. Nature is not something separate from us. So, when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.”

We invite you to be a part of “Between The Trees”, to enjoy with us, the inspirational woodland environment, the beauty of nature, music, land art, and spoken word and find yourselves inspired, refreshed and restored.

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved” – 

Charles Darwin (1859)