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Climate Action! Festival 2024

Join the Depot from 20 – 25 June for its annual Climate Action! Festival. This year’s ‘Back to Nature’ theme focuses on reconnecting with our environment.

The festival includes documentaries, films, talks, workshops, and activities showcasing ways we can take action and re-find harmony with nature in our everyday lives. Get stuck in and discover the importance of soil, fungi, faeces and the humble house plant.

The festival opens with visual spectacle Fungi: Web of Life, narrated by Bjork with a recorded Q&A with Merlin Sheldrake, the acclaimed author of Entangled Life. Best served paired with a delicious special Wild Mushroom Risotto in their restaurant.

Regenerative farming

Six Inches of Soil explores regenerative farming in the UK with local, sustainable farmers on the post-film panel, and Biggest Little Farm is an endearing family-friendly story of a couple and their rescue dog who move from the city to start a sustainable farm. Soil School with Michael Kennard from the Compost Club will enable everyone to turn waste into rich, life-giving compost on their home turf.

Learn about the next global revolution to give nature rights through their specially curated short film program. Travel the Americas, Arctic and nearer to home, and explore the project underway to develop rights for the Sussex River Ouse.

Get wild about flowers: Creating a Home For Nature Exhibition showcases a pilot project underway creating a wildflower area in the grounds of Beechwood Hall in Cooksbridge as part of a collective local effort headed by Lewes District Councillors, and the Depot will once again be offering the ever popular exclusive tours of their native living roof.

Lewes Climate Hub

Satellite events are underway at Lewes Climate Hub as part of their ‘Taking Steps for Wildlife’ season celebrating how we can all help our local Swifts, wildflowers, bees and trees!

This year’s festival was cultivated by the Depot’s sustainability manager Natasha Padbury and restaurant staff Dora Batov and Mirabelle Seymour. Natasha says of the Festival,

‘Never has the nature crisis been so stark and urgent. It’s encouraging to see such a groundswell of inspiring films and local initiatives which all point to nature-based solutions as being critical for all living beings on the planet to live and thrive. We’re part of nature – so let’s start acting like it! There’s something for everyone so we hope you can join us for this year’s exciting festival programme.’

The full festival programme can be found on the Lewes Depot website.

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