The Planting
29 April - 1 May 2016

The Festival » Director's Welcome

It finally happened, someone at The Woodford Folk Festival with critical eyes made the observation that ‘they’ must have bulldozed the forest to create clearings at Woodfordia so ‘they’ could put up the venues for a festival. Most know the truth, which is that those ‘clearings’ were already there – we simply chose not to plant in those areas. We take it as a compliment for those tens of thousands of people whom for two decades, made sometimes large and sometimes small contributions to our Forest Woodfordia project.

Woodfordia owes its good looks and state of health to The Planting. Our organisation, when it purchased this property in 1994, had a notion that we mightn’t just sing about issues facing the environment but that we could get our hands dirty by planting trees. Inviting our patrons along for the ride was something we thought might happen and we’ve observed with awe the tremendous effort by the many thousands who saddled up.

In recent years The Planting has branched out. We aspire to build an event model that might contribute to the worldwide consciousness emerging in communities everywhere where people are endeavouring to heal a planet damaged by the ravages of our industrial practices in the past, and which sadly, still continue today. Many workshops have been injected into this year’s programme because we think both cultural expression and nurturing of our environment are both critical to the human experience and our planet’s health. It’s somehow symbiotic. Anyone watching The Planting over the years could be forgiven for thinking that the trees are listening and observing our joyful celebration and obviously enjoying our company … we enjoy theirs.

We invite you to join in, make something beautiful, get those hands dirty, and then be entertained by some wonderful troubadours and inspiring speakers.

On behalf of the Committee, Staff, The Treehuggers, The Volunteers and Organisers all, welcome to The Planting.


Bill Hauritz AM
Festival Director