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Marigolds in the meadow, Wild Ken Hill

New ‘Gathering’ festival celebrating the natural world to be held at Wild Ken Hill, Norfolk


A new one-day festival celebrating the natural world will bring together writers, authors, speakers and creators at Wild Ken Hill, Norfolk, on Saturday 17 September 2022.

Gathering will cover a broad spectrum of themes from rewilding and food production to wellbeing and creativity. Speakers include environmentalist, broadcaster, and writer Mary Colwell; Chairman of Natural England, Tony Juniper; naturalist and writer Dr Amy-Jane Beer; and Benedict Macdonald, author of Rebirding.

Family-friendly activities include sessions at Little WILDlings Forest School, where children are given the freedom to explore and play in the woods.

There will also be workshops, films and wellbeing sessions such as yoga, meditation, and sound baths on offer. A selection of local food and drink vendors will serve Sri Lankan dishes, sourdough pizza, Hawaii-inspired poke, flatbreads, and more. There will also be coffee and bars.

Gathering authors

Wild Ken Hill's 4,000-acre site is home to a diverse range of habitats including meadows, woodlands, wetlands, and areas of coastal park. Guided walks will allow festival-goers to immerse themselves in nature and learn more about the resident wildlife. This includes two families of Eurasian Beaver – once locally extinct, these remarkable biodiversity-boosting mammals have been recently reintroduced to the area.

Dominic Buscall, Project Manager at Wild Ken Hill, said: “We hope Gathering will give our visitors unforgettable experiences in nature which have a lasting impact and foster greater connection with the natural world. At Wild Ken Hill we have always been committed to engaging audiences about farming in nature, hoping to inspire audiences to help address our biodiversity and nature crises. Gathering is the next step on that journey; we hope it will be an inspiring, fun, and thought-provoking day.”

Pensthorpe Natural Park, Rewilding Britain, and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, will all also have a presence at Gathering, focusing on areas where they have collaborated with Wild Ken Hill, for example on the ongoing national curlew headstarting project.

Wild Ken Hill has developed a three-pronged approach to land management, combining rewilding, regenerative agriculture and traditional conservation for the benefit of people, nature, and climate. Around a hundred grazing animals, including Exmoor ponies, Tamworth pigs and Red Poll cattle roam free in the 1,000-acre rewilding area. The site has hosted BBC Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch in 2021 and 2022.

Gathering will run from 09:00 to 21:00 on Saturday 17 September 2022, with events and activities happening throughout the day. It will be accessible by car, cycle, and public transport.

See the full Programme of Events

Tickets are priced at £55 for Adults, £30 for Young Adults, and are free for children 11 years and under.