Cambourne to be Wild music festival was a first for the Trust, staged at Cambourne Business Park near the Wildlife Trust BCN HQ, as a celebration of wildlife and of Cambourne, and to reach out to a different audience.
Director of Business Development and Engagement, Kevin Hennessy said: "The idea of holding a festival came about because we wanted to engage with the people of Cambourne, and broaden understanding of the important work that we do in the neighbourhood. As well as Cambourne being our head office, we run a 90 hectare nature reserve here, which costs us around £50K per annum to maintain, yet many people in Cambourne don't know who we are, so the idea was to help change this. We run many events on different reserves throughout the year, most of which appeal to those with an interest in natural history. We wanted our festival to appeal to everyone, so made it a music festival, with beer and drinks tents, good food, plus lots of wildlife based activities. Hopefully many will have come away with a greater interest in the natural world.
"The main objective was to get our name out there, and become better known; hopefully more people will support us in the future, and over time the event may make a contribution to our costs. The second objective was of course for everyone to have lots of fun, and seeing the feedback we've received so far, we certainly achieved this - everyone who attended absolutely loved it. Huge thanks to all who helped, sponsored us, donated kit - and of course to all who bought tickets, came along and enjoyed themselves."