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Site information and updates from DPW

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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 dpw@burningnest.co.uk.

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. 

Live in vehicles can still park in this area, cars can still unload by tents and there is still a car park to pop your car back into. We have some community safety agreements that you can read here with regards to Free Camping and vehicles. 

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.

Water, water everywhere…

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… please make sure you bring enough!

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 community@burningnest.co.uk.

Hope this clears things up!

Be part of the What? Where? When? guide!

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What? Where? When?

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.

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. 

Join our community meeting!

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Hello Nestlings! We will be holding our virtual community meeting on 31st March at 8pm, via Zoom. You can register to attend here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkc-mtqDkvHt3AQy1o9CtJ7Ab04rVim-N8

The community meeting is a great chance to ask questions, find out what’s happening at the event, and meet other Nestlings! We have a discussion thread on Loomio here: https://www.loomio.org/d/WblqLVex/virtual-community-meeting – don’t be shy, join in!

Introducing “Leave A Better Trace”

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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:

  1. Reducing our environmental impact.
  2. Educating the community on environment related issues.
  3. 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!

Two tiny figures clearing up a huge cigarette butt

Help us choose a date for our Virtual Community Meeting!

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Hello Nestlings!

We’re making plans for our first community meeting of 2022, and we’d love your input! Our community meetings allow everyone to bring questions, feedback and proposals to the core team, and are also a great opportunity to meet new people!

The event may be in-person, but we will be streaming or holding a virtual event at the same time, to allow everyone to attend, regardless of location.

We’ve created a discussion on Loomio, asking about agenda items and possible dates – please let us know what you’d like to discuss!

Advice Processes and Ways of Working

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Hey Nestlings!

As I assume you are all aware of the sad news that Burning Nest 2020 won’t be happening. I know this is devastating for a lot of members in our community but with the state of the world today it was the most sensible way forward!

But, work for Nest is still afoot! There are some exciting changes coming and we are looking for people who want to get involved and help make it happen! Burning Nest is co-created through the principle of Consensual Do-ocracy in conjunction with the 11 principles taken from Burning Man and extended with Each One Teach Oone

There are 2 big changes that we are currently working on to help enable us to co create through Consensual Do-ocracy! One is the Advice Process and the other is a new Circle (used to be teams) currently called WOW (Ways of Working) but we are open to other names so if you have some ideas we’d love to hear them! 

Some of the goals for the changes are:

  • Enable Decentralization
  • Increase Transparency
  • Work smarter not harder
  • Reduce Burnout

The Advice Process is a way to collect sufficient information and engage those affected plus put it out to the wider community to reach better decisions. This is a powerful tools to help support all of the goals. It is new to Nest but exists in similar form in some other burns such as Borderlands and Kiez Burn. 

The WOW Circle will look at how we work together and what we use to do it to support the Goals. This will cover things like what tools we use, processes we need to help, where we need structure and what they are responsible for and how they interact (board, circles, community etc). We are looking for a range of people with different skills to get directly involved and will also be creating a lot of Advice Processes to get feedback from the Community. If you are keen to get involved fill out this form: https://airtable.com/shrsF6kzfPoC3SdMw

Also keep an eye on Facebook, our website and email newsletters for some other Nest related things that will be happening in the near future!

Nest Online – the next best thing to going outside!

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Hello, our gorgeous, lovely, and hopefully healthy Nestlings!

If there’s one thing we’ve learned since the pandemic crisis started in the last few months, it’s that nothing seems to dampen the creative and caring spirit of our little community. Since we had to make the heartbreaking announcement that we could not hold our usual celebration this year, we’ve received messages of support, love and empathy with our difficult position. It’s a shared sadness – we look forward to meeting up with our friends every year so much!

Just because we’re indoors for the time being though, doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun. It’s with this in mind that we’re holding Nest Online – a way of connecting with each other, holding our workshops, dance parties and communal activities, using the magic of video conferencing!

We can’t do it without YOU though! Do you have an idea for a workshop, or a burning desire to dance like no-one’s watching? Or would you like to support people in making their dreams come true – maybe you’re a technical whizz, or can help co-create something from afar?

If so, follow the link above to our Facebook event, where you can register your event (we’ve got to make sure we don’t have too many scheduling clashes!) and see what’s going on.

All our love,

Burning Nest HQ x

Burning Nest 2020 Cancellation Update

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Dearest Nestlings,

Some decisions are hard to make and even harder to announce, so it is with heavy hearts that we confirm this year’s Burning Nest is cancelled. 

**Update 28th April: we now have an FAQ covering membership refunds here**

This decision was not taken lightly and with the principle of Civic Responsibility in mind and in light of the unfolding coronavirus situation, we have taken the pre-emptive step and incredibly tough decision to hold off running our event in 2020. 

We have our community’s best interests at heart and feel it is our duty of care to protect our Nestlings from large scale gatherings. While the UK government has not yet officially curtailed these events, we believe it is only a matter of time before they follow suit. 

I’ve bought a membership and want a refund – what do I do?

Although our terms and conditions state that memberships are non-refundable we will be doing everything in our power to return as much as possible back to you. Given the complexities of an event this size and the fact we’re a community and volunteer organisation, please be patient whilst we navigate the best way to deal with this unprecedented situation. We will be releasing further information about this in the next week or so. 

I have applied for a grant for an art project or theme camp to bring to Nest – what do I do?

Rest assured that if you have already spent grant money on an art piece, we will be reimbursing your costs as normal. We wish we could have seen all your art and hope that you can still create it for 2021.

We want to assure you that all your amazing work, time and investment whether it be physical, emotional or financial will not be going to waste. We will be back in 2021 and we hope that coming through this difficult time as a community will just serve to make us stronger and bring us closer together.

Burning Nest is a beautiful experiment in community and we will continue as one. There are many things more important than a Burn, namely everyone’s health, and safety (in spite of what we may often repeat) comes first. 

This could be a wonderful time to reflect and think about other important things in your life, where else to invest the energies we’d have exerted in preparation and during the Burn. We might want to invest them in ourselves, loved ones, friends, charities, local projects or getting things done that you’ve been putting off for ages. Even learning a new skill or reading the book you’ve been meaning to for ages. Please remember to be kind and compassionate to yourselves and fellow humans as we need it more than ever right now. 

Great communities thrive whilst coming together during times of crisis and I know that our wonderful Nestlings will do just that. 

Thank you all for understanding –  we are really sad to have to make this decision. 

We will be releasing more information in the next week or so, but in the meantime, if you have any questions, please email us or contact us on any of our social media networks. 

The Effigy Burns in 439 (ish) days!

All our love,

Burning Nest HQ x

Next Community Meeting: 28th March! Come one, come all!

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Our last Community Meeting was a great success, with many newbies and old…bies? (ahem) meeting up and discussing their ideas for the future of Burning Nest.

Want to get involved? Our next Community Meeting is going to be held on 28th March, at 26 King’s Mews, London, WC1N 2JB (map link here).

Please plan to arrive for mingling at 2.30pm, with the meeting starting just before 3pm. We hope to be all wrapped up and out by 4.30pm (although there are plenty of nice pubs close by, if you want to continue the fun).

Bring snacks to share, drinks (hot and cold) and get comfy with your fellow Nestlings!

See you there! x