About the Festival

Music-Natural Science-Art

‘nature and nurture together’

Between The Trees is a not-for-profit festival set in a 100 acre, woodland site in South Wales; the fabulous Candleston Castle Campsite adjacent to the picturesque Merthyr Mawr National Nature Reserve and sand dunes.

Between The Trees has a unique theme of music, natural science and art. The festival aims to engage people of all ages with the natural world and to re-connect younger generations with the wonder and restorative qualities that this woodland environment offers. Musically, it is grounded in contemporary folk, Americana and acoustic roots genres, blending new exciting talent with more established performers; the music is wholly original and always wonderful.

In addition, you will be part of a unique community within an ancient woodland setting and have the opportunity to create land art, investigate and observe natural science, listen and debate. Children can explore freely, there will be hidden dens, magical forest areas and not forgetting; the magnificent sand dunes.

Between The Trees is near Merthyr Mawr nature reserve, 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 creates an ideal home for a wide range of moths, butterflies, reptiles and mammals. Due to the unique soil and climate conditions, the 840-acre reserve contains a huge variety of plant life within its diverse grassland, woodland and saltmarsh areas.

Between The Trees supports local & independent artisans, makers, artists and food producers. We all love making things and appreciate handcrafted items by skilled artisans. Food is one of our essential needs so we want you to experience simple fresh and wholesome local produce. It goes without saying that we will source the best local craft beers and ciders.


The Philosophy of Between The Trees

Plants, trees and insects were on this planet long before humans and will probably 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, as a species, are literally “Between The Trees”.

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

In recent years our 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 and we are allowing social media and computer games to hijack their precious childhoods.

We believe that through social interaction, play, art and investigative education families, children and adults can re-connect with their natural world. Andy Goldsworthy (land artist) summarises this up perfectly in one of his quotes “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 therefore invite you to be a part of “Between The Trees Festival”, to enjoy with us; a like-minded gathering of people, the inspirational woodland environment, the beauty of nature, music, land art, spoken word and debate and find ourselves 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)