30 Acres

For nine years, Hay Festival has been focussed on improving its overall sustainability and has engaged in a programme of managing and mitigating our environmental impact through its Hay on Earth programme. Over this period we have focused on three key areas: our own direct impacts; the impacts of our audience, and the programming of events, workshops and outreach work that stimulate debate and discussion about key issues.

Trees on Hay Festival site

In 2017 we will be celebrating Hay Festival’s 30th Anniversary and we are keen to include a range of projects that supports our sustainability programme, engages our audience in activities that both educate and directly improve their local environment and creates a sustainable legacy from the 30th Anniversary celebrations.

We are working with our good partner The Woodland Trust who are helping us with some of the logistics for this project. We are looking for further partners who will be able to help us make this happen.

The Foundation Wood Project is made up of five individual but connected parts:

  • The Virtual Woodland: a Hay Festival virtual wood, a digital forest or an on-line orchard encompassing the trees distributed at Hay as part of the 30th anniversary. Every person planting a tree can then upload the GPS co-ordinates and photograph of their tree to create a virtual woodland mapped across the UK. This would feature as part of the Woodland Trust’s plans for celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest in 2017
  • The Anniversary Avenue - the creation of an avenue of 30 trees leading up to Mousecastle Woods on the outskirts of Hay. These woods are owned by the Woodland Trust and are the nearest to the Hay Festival site
  • 30 Trees for 30 Schools - 30 anniversary trees will be supplied to 30 schools in the area surrounding Hay on Wye. Each tree will be linked with a particular author and tree related story and planted in the grounds of the school. Opportunities for follow-up work with the school children writing or drawing their own tree-related stories
  • The 30 Acres – 30 landowners in the two counties surrounding Hay on Wye, Herefordshire and Powys identify an acre each that can be planted with trees. The 30 acres could be linked with the 30 schools
  • 30:30 Vision – 30 pupils, one from each of the 30 schools, is selected to plant a tree on HRH Prince Charles’s estate at Llwynywermod

For more information please contact
Andy Fryers
Sustainability Director