Force of Nature

Author and Garden Designer Kit Peel, is the Artistic Director of NiddFest. It wasn’t foreign news reporting in South Africa or a year on a Greek island, but Nidderdale where Kit Peel finally fell in love with nature. The seeds of Niddfest were planted during a train journey, dreamed up by the children’s author and…

Common Ground: An Extraordinary Realm

Rob Cowen is the author of Common Ground, voted Britain’s third favourite nature book, beating classics like The Wind in the Willows.  Declared ‘bold and beautiful’ by Robert Macfarlane, and ‘Touched by genius’. No pressure then. “Writing Common Ground was like being possessed by somebody else,” Rob laughs, “that’s what it felt like. I was…

NiddFest Returns 15-17 June 2018

We’re looking forward to next summer! We are delighted to announce that NiddFest 2018 will take place on the weekend of 15-17 June. The 2018 NiddFest will be run in close partnership with our friends at the Nidderdale AONB and in collaboration with the inspirational nature project The Wild Watch. Expect a weekend of brilliant…

What We Forget?

On nights like these, our house whistles and howls, it leaks and it whines. Voices are given to all the doors. There’s a skirting board that sounds like tortured mice. Wind. Endless wind. Funnelled through the narrow avenue of our dale and hitting our high-lying house. The shelter belt I’ve planted hasn’t risen up yet,…

NiddFest To Relaunch In 2018

After a launch in 2014 and two full festivals in 2015 and 2016, NiddFest is going to have a year off. This will give the team time to prepare and fundraise for a new-look, much larger festival in 2018. While keeping to our core nature theme, NiddFest intends to evolve into more of a creative…

Dreams for my Daughter

The Donald Trumpkin, which appeared on my terrace this morning. Sometimes all that is left is humour… Change is afoot in the US which may have serious impact on the world’s environment. I wrote a blog post last night on my personal blog, as America went to the polls. On this dawning new era, I…