ID&C, the UK’s leading provider of security wristbands for festivals and live events, has announced Timber Festival as the winner of its Grass Roots Festival Bursary 2019 and recipient of the £2500 grant.

The Timber Festival is a joint venture between the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus, who have come together to create an international festival exploring the transformative impact of forests.

The ID&C Grass Roots Festival Bursary was launched in 2011 and is open to any UK independent festival that has operated for five years or less and has an overall attendance of up to 15,000 people.

The bursary can be used across the full range of ID&C products from wristbands, lanyards, security passes, vehicle passes and festival guides.

Previous winners include Head for the Hills Festival, Samphire Festival, Elderflower Fields Festival, Just So Festival, Looe Music Festival and Cockermouth Rock Festival.

Fire Garden by Pa Boom at Timber Festival credit

The Timber Festival will host arts and performance, dance and debate, with music from Gwenno, Hannah Peel & Will Burns, Stealing Sheep, You Tell Me, Jesca Hoop and guest curator Elizabeth Alker from BBC Radio 3 and 6Music, to name a few.

Jo Maker, Timber Festival Co-ordinator, National Forest Company, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be awarded the ID&C’s Grass Roots bursary.

“As a festival just starting out, the award is a massive help with this essential and visible element of the festival experience. People love their wristbands!

“Timber draws audiences of around 5,000, both nationally and internationally, but also from within the National Forest itself. It is central to our vision for Timber that local people experience the festival, and local artists and musicians have the opportunity to be part of it.

“Feanedock woods, where Timber takes place, is at the heart of the Forest, and at the heart of what was the former Midlands coalfield.

“From the festival site you can still see evidence of former industrial workings.

“We created Timber to tell the story of how the National Forest has changed lives, the landscape and the economy in this part of the country, and how trees and forests are essential and transformational for us all.”

Timber Festival at Night 2018 Timber Festival at Night 2018

Matt Wilkey, Director of ID&C, said: “We chose to award Timber Festival this year as we were impressed with their focus on working alongside nature, as well as supporting local business, music and raising awareness of key issues of the environment.

“We love the uniqueness of the theme of the Timber festival and how it sets out to explore how we can live, work and play in harmony with nature.

“The festival has a year round community engagement programme and is registered with Attitude Is Everything - a disability-led charity working to improve deaf and disabled people's access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry.

“Timber Festival is also now on their charter of best practice.

“They also take a holistic approach to sustainability and have much programming with environmental messaging whilst mitigating their environmental impact.  

“It’s a registered charity and a not for profit venture.

“Cultivating a festival year-on-year, come rain or shine is no mean feat, and all festivals large or small continue to feel the pinch.

"The Bursary enables smaller festivals to have the same quality of wristbands and accreditation as some of the world’s largest and most successful events.

“The financial contribution also allows bursary winners to spend more on developing other areas of the festival."

The Timber Festival takes place on the 5th, 6th and 7th of July at Feanedock, a 70 acre woodland site on the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border and part of the forest in the making at the heart of the National Forest, near Ashby de la Zouch.

Tickets are still available at

People who live within the 200 square miles of the National Forest benefit from 25% discount