A personal note from Roofie, Department of Public Works Co-Lead:
Wowee guys! In just a few days your faithful DPW (Department of Public Works) are heading out to go and start building all the infrastructure for our little Burning Nest Glade that we call home. Did you miss it much? I know I did. I feel honoured this year to be leading the extremely talented motley crew that are DPW along with Co-Lead Xavier. We’ve had an incredible response from volunteers, keen to help build so thank you if you signed up. The DPW form is now closed so if you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a burner of some 7 or 8 years, it took me a long time to understand why burners say to come to each burn with no expectations. Eventually I learned to appreciate the beauty of the varying shifts in our temporary communities each time we come back together. Immediacy is one of our 11 principles and it teaches us that it’s nice to look back fondly yet important not to stay there too long since we only have the now. That soon to be now that we’re about to embark upon together will bring some changes that I wanted to share with you.
More fun! – The biggest and most noticeable change of course is that the event has expanded in number from around 400 to about 600 people – meaning EVEN MORE FRIENDS!!! As a result we decided to move The Point this year to the louder zone and provide sound equipment. The community has responded so positively with so many events that we have a completely full programme!
Water Project – Another one of the fantastic things we’ve seen this year is from one of our Theme Camps – Buildy McBuildface who were inspired by news of the growth of the event and applied for an Art Grant to install extra water taps for the community. They intend to install a system of pipes and pumps from the single existing tap connected to the natural spring water pump house at the bottom of the hill.
Using a one horsepower pump and a flow tank with ball valves, the pump is capable of 175m of uphill pumping – but as it only needs to go about half this distance it should only reach about half capacity. It’s not a pressurised system, the pressure is maintained by a header tank, the tap pressures are regulated by flow restrictors which are pressure balanced. There should be a steady flow of around 6 litres per minute but if all of the taps are on at the same time then it may drop to 4 litres a minute. There are helpful quarter turn taps for easy turning. Much better than lugging the water up and down the hill.
If water and plumbing is your jam, why not pop into Buildy McBuildface during the event and talk to Tom and Stephen more about the project.
Licensing – Part of DPW’s job this year was to work with Edge of Chaos (they do the legal and H&S stuff) to look at what we need to do differently now that we’re licensed.
Since the majority of burners are already caring, safety conscious and practise CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY we already have a lot of unwritten cultural agreements already in place. The licensing means that we have to just make them written this year and put them on signs and mark out areas with a bit more hippy herding tape.
Early Entry – We brought in WAPs this year (work access passes)! First entry to gate opens at 8am on Monday 30th May so if you need to come in before then for a working reason – Theme Camps, Artists and Key Volunteers etc then please fill out a form here.
Site entrance – entry is only via the entrance off the lay-by on the A380. Please do not try to come in via Ugbrooke House itself. Please come in via the Gatehouse. Directions are here.
Gate & Greeters – this year they’re pulling out the stops at Gate and have a fabulous Greeting experience for you all. When you arrive, you will be given the option to pull in and be given a warm welcome home. But it doesn’t stop there – this year Greeters will also be a new Hub, somewhere to come and hang out but also to come and find out a bit more about volunteering and burner culture. If you’re new to Nest, this is a great place to start if you want to know more about how everything at Nest works. It will operate between 8am and 12 midnight. Gate will be manned 24 hours.
Volunteers Welfare – this year DPW will run its own kitchen for build and strike (previously run by Desanka who sadly can’t join us). We have decided to keep the kitchen open for anyone who volunteers during event. 1 shift = 1 meal and you’ll be able to pop in and get something to eat when you are tired from your volunteering or just sit and have a brew and some snacks.
Toilets – This is the first year that Nest has COMPOSTING LOOS!!!! 22 of them!!! Not only do they smell nicer (mmmm sawdust pine fresh) but they have no nasty chemicals and are better for the environment. Win win!!
We have asked people to adopt a loo and decorate them. If you didn’t get in touch and want to decorate a loo don’t worry there’s still some that need loo-jazzle-ing! And we are asking all participants to please care for the loos by keeping them clean and topped up with consumables.
Free Camping area – Yes there’s more of us coming but there’s still plenty of space. We’re laying the field out a little differently this year, with vehicle access routes and toilet blocks in two locations so we can all spread out and not have to worry about a long walk to the loo in the middle of the night.
Fire pits and BBQs – just a reminder that all fire pits and BBQs must be raised and kept a safe distance away from tents. Please bring a fire extinguisher if you are bringing a fire pit.
The Site in General -We are very lucky to hold the event at Ugbrooke House in such a beautiful location. It has lots of fields, hills, protected grasslands, a spring and a lake so we need to caretake and leave it better than we found it.
The landowner, Alex, has planted a small Nest Garden on site where previous participants gifted seeds. Participants are invited to tend and take care of the garden and to contribute to it with seeds. Please bring any seeds to LBT as planting will need to be done in conjunction with the landowner’s agreement. Come and speak to LBT or find out more at the Hub.
They say that the early bird catches the worm…. but what about the early bird that builds Nest? This year it catches a WAP (Work Access Pass).
And we love a spot of bird watching so all types of early birds are welcome and encouraged. If you have been to Nest before then you might need to know that there are some changes this year for early entry. Since we are now a licenced event and have even more of our friends coming this year, we have to be a bit stricter when it comes to early access. That’s why this year there is a WAP system (Working Access Passes).
During build week and right up until gate opens at 8am on Monday 30th May the site is a working site and you will only be permitted on site if you have a pre-arranged WAP with us. WAPs are only granted for legitimate work reasons. These are – joining DPW to come for build (and strike), building a Theme Camp, building an Art project, deliveries, and early key volunteers (rangers, gate, welfare).
DPW build dates: 23rd May – 29th May Theme Camp build dates: 27th May – 29th May Key volunteers: 29th May Gate opens: 8am, 30th May
And while changes and new systems sound scary and difficult, please know, that the introduction of the WAP system is not a way of excluding, it is in fact an invitation, nay… a challenge even….. to sign up for DPW and come and do build, get as many of your Theme Camp mates doing build, and sign up for those early gate / ranger/ welfare shifts. You never know, you might even have fun doing it.
There has been some confusion around the drinking water supply this year, and to clear it all up we’re happy to provide some clarity. We have one water tap on-site, providing drinking water. It is located at the bottom of the hill, a way away from free-camping. You are welcome and encouraged to use it, but you must bring your own containers and transport them to your camps/tents/secret lairs yourselves.
In previous years we have had community-organised water deliveries, via a local company that delivers large (think water cooler size) re-usable bottles, straight to site. They then collect the empties at the end of the event. This has historically proved popular, especially with free-camping, theme camps and people not able or inclined to transport their own water to site.
This year, some members of the community are also looking into building a system that will transport drinking water from one end of the site to the other. While this is a fantastic project and has amazing potential as a long term solution for future events, this is still very much an experiment at the moment and should not be relied upon in lieu of any other water supply this year.If you’d like to get involved with either the bottled water delivery to site, or the new project to pump water around the site, please get in touch with us at email@example.com.
We’re happy to announce that the next drop of 300 tickets will be on 19th April at 7pm (UK time)!
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We’ll be releasing Standard, Starship, Thundership and Sparkleship tickets on Tuesday evening, from our ticket page here. You will also be able to buy Child tickets and Parking passes, and optionally donate to our Art Grants and Leave a Better Trace funds.
These funds allow us to offer more money to people bringing art or projects to Nest, and work on initiatives that will improve Burning Nest’s impact on our beautiful site. If you’re able to donate, please do! Burning Nest is not-for-profit, so every penny we raise get invested back into making our event better every year.
If you have filled in an inclusion form but not yet bought a ticket, don’t panic. You will be contacted soon with a direct link to purchase your inclusion ticket.
If you bought an inclusion ticket without filling a form in (naughty!), please contact us to provide your details. You must do this by 30th April or your ticket will be refunded.
If you have a ticket from 2020 that you have not refunded, you need to claim it to be able to attend Burning Nest 2022. You will have been sent an email with a unique link and a code – please follow the instructions and claim your ticket by 30th April.
Any rollover tickets (both standard and inclusion) not claimed by 30th April, will be added back to the pot. You will not be refunded, and you will not be able to get in at the Gate with just a 2020 ticket!
We’re happy to announce we’ve been able to expand our capacity for 2022, and will be releasing 300 more tickets for purchase very soon!
We don’t have an exact date yet, but we will send out another email when we are able to confirm the release date and time.
We know there are a few people still waiting for inclusion tickets after filling in our form – as an apology for the process being a bit muddled this year, we will be contacting you all directly to allow you to buy your inclusion tickets, separately from the general release of 300. Again, we don’t have a date for this yet, but it will be soon.
Are you being called to organise a creative expression of your own? Maybe it’s a morning rave, comedy workshop or open deck hour – we have seen it all.
The What? Where? When? is our guide that will help Nestlings to navigate activities occurring throughout the event. We would like to invite submissions for community led events of any and every nature. You can do this with a group of fellow festival heads or if you have something special to bring as an individual, please feel free to tell us about it.
The theme is Welcome Home. So, show us what home means to you.
Please note – Submitting your events early guarantees their inclusion in the official program.
The nature of our community is such that much much more will be happening than we could ever document, so if you miss the cut off date feel free to spontaneously create wherever calls to you on our beautiful site. You will then be able to communicate it on the day by visiting The Point (formerly Centre Camp) for the latest announcements.
Want to be part of the best crew at Burning Nest? Want to do something crucial for the event and give back to your community? Nest Department of Public Works (DPW) needs you!
Nest is an event unlike any other. It’s not a festival, it’s a social experiment in temporary community. The Department of Public Works (DPW) is one of the cornerstones in that community, building our infrastructure and taking it down again (and having a ton of fun along the way). DPW is responsible for running power, lights, co-ordinating toilets and overseeing waste removal (via Leave A Better Trace), as well as organising Rangers and Welfare. They also create and place signage, work with the Arts team to place installations, and help with parking.
No experience needed for most roles, there’s space for everyone on the crew, as long as you have a willingness to graft, learn, can work in a team with loads of new friends in a field in the sunshine (we hope).
We have some specialist roles still to fill too: we need people urgently for Lighting, Workshop & General Build and Kitchen (aka Fluffers).
One of our 11 Principles has always been “Leave No Trace”. With careful preparation, thought and consideration into how our event is run from the ground up, we’re proud that every year we leave nothing behind in the Glade, other than some squares of yellow grass where our structures once stood.
Leave No Trace means that no rubbish hits the ground, and if it does, we will take responsibility for picking it up and disposing of it (even if we didn’t drop it!). It means carrying an ashtray for our cigarette butts, having a dedicated recycling bin for cans, packing light to reduce crisp packets and wrappers, and avoiding glitter and loose sequins altogether!
This year, we are going one further. We believe that the burner community has the power to make a positive impact not only on the individuals who are part of it, but also on society at large.
This is why Burning Nest is adapting the original Burning Man principle of Leave No Trace to: Leave a Better Trace.
We want to honour the principle of leaving the environment as we found it. But why stop there when our community has such potential to leave a positive trace?
Examples of LBT include planting trees in a place that has been desertified; creating art or facilities that can be used by locals after you leave; awakening people to take further actions to protect and improve the environment or become activists.
This means our mission expanded to include:
Reducing our environmental impact.
Educating the community on environment related issues.
Empowering the community to adopt more environmentally-friendly behaviour, both at burns and in daily life.
Our LBT crew is new this year, and are looking for ideas to leave our home (and the environment at large) better than when we found it. If you have ideas and want to get involved, please get in touch!