Growing the Love at Latitude Festival
We took along crafting materials, Magic Dust (kindly provided by The Crop Club as fairyland stocks weren’t enough to give to the Latitude crowds) and lots of ideas from Go Wild! Over 200 Ways to Connect With Nature.
Wood Elf, Prickles Nettlethorn, shared his knowledge of the forest, and shared the sad news that the Tree of Life was under the weather thanks to a moth. However, it’s luckily not terminal.
Fairy Daisy and Prickles asked the humans to wish it ‘get well soon’ with some tree hugging. The humans were impressively heartfelt and the faerie folk are hopeful it will help the tree.
Fairy Clover modelled her wings, which Fairy Daisy had made for her from a cardboard box.
Both fairies were excited to discover pizza boxes galore on site as these also make a great base for fairy wings (contrary to popular belief, fairy wings don’t last forever, and as fairies age they may need to replace thinning wings with a home-made replacement.)
Fairy Clover shared rainbow magic with the humans, and grew the love by handing out Magic Dust .
The elves and fairies also gave out magical creations made from human rubbish, and bird seeds so the humans could show love to birds as well as butterflies and bees.
The faerie folk learned that human children love climbing trees – though the Tree of Life is old so the small humans had to be reminded that sadly, not all trees are well enough to be climbed. It was perhaps the biggest challenge for the faerie folk as the spirit of tree elf was clearly high in the children.
Prickles was ably assisted in this mission by Hops Burdock – a tree elf who could empathise with the small ones’ desire to climb trees.
After sharing their woodland wisdom, the faerie folk headed back to camp.
Prickles had a well-deserved rest, changing into human clothes ‘to see what the fuss was all about’.
He soon returned to elf clothes, deeming them more practical as human clothes had nowhere to store his goblet.
As the sun set, we toasted the day with fairy fizz and looked forward to Sunday’s session.
We were excited when the Arbonauts serenaded us with birdsong in a magical sound installation upon our arrival at the Tree of Life.
After revelling in beautiful music, we continued growing the love, distributing enough magic dust to plant over 60,000 wildflowers, and telling tales of shrinking trees and the wood wide web.
We were pleased to see other faerie folk at the Tree of Life.
We told people about #LoveNotLitter: a simple way to grow the love. Just litter pick then craft LOVE with natural finds to encourage people to love the world rather than littering it with rubbish.
We’d love to see your photos if you do this: share them with @groweatgift using #LoveNotLitter and we’ll share your art.
And then, it was time to return to camp, to watch the fire and see the stories of the flames unfold – in this case, the story of the griffin.
All too soon, It was time to leave the fairyland of Latitude behind. We hope we grew the love – and that the humans who took magic dust will use it to grow the love even further; and spread #LoveNotLitter wherever they go.
The faerie folk of the Faraway Forest had a wonderful time, and will be saving their magic dust in the hope that they will be able to grow to human size again for Latitude next year. It was much more fun than avoiding getting trampled by the humans – and they have a lot more love to spread.