Sponsors and Supporters 2018

The festival is made possible by our sponsors and supporters. Find out how you can support the festival here.

Support the Festival of Nature

There are lots of ways that your organisation can help support the Festival of Nature, and help create opportunities for thousands of people to connect with nature across the West of England.

If you are interested in becoming a Festival of Nature sponsor or supporter contact Festival of Nature Director Savita Willmott to discuss further opportunities and bespoke packages.

2018 Sponsors


BBC Wildlife Magazine is a celebration of the natural world, inspiring people with the sheer wonder and beauty of nature, helping them understand and appreciate the truly amazing world around us. We’re working on a brand new partnership in 2018 across the festival programme.



BBC Countryfile Magazine is packed full of great ideas for you to explore the British countryside. We’re working on a brand new partnership in 2018 across the festival programme.






Ecotricity is Britain’s greenest energy company, and we are thrilled to welcome them as a new sponsor of Festival of Nature in 2018.





Institute of Physics Publishing

IOP Publishing has supported the Festival of Nature since 2004, offering the expertise of their design team to create the imagery and graphics that give the Festival it’s look and feel. We are delighted to have them return for another year!




We the Curious

We the curious hosts the Festival of Nature in Bristol across Millennium Square and Anchor Square.

We the curious is a world-class science and discovery centre that engages the public with contemporary science and technology and works to improve formal and informal science education across the country.




Bristol Water

Bristol Water have supported Festival of Nature since 2009 and we are thrilled to have them as a major sponsor again in 2018




Bristol Waste

Bristol Waste is your local recycling, waste collection and street cleaning company. They are committed to working in partnership with the people of Bristol to help all communities recycle more and throw away less. Bristol Waste is supporting this year’s Festival of Nature as sponsor of green services.



First Bus

First Bus operates over 50 services in Bristol and provides an extensive network of buses to Bath, Weston-super-Mare and the wider West of England area making travel to the Festival of Nature easy and green for everyone. For ease and convenience, you can now pay for your bus fare using contactless card payment on all our buses.





2018 Supporters

Big Lottery Awards for All

Big Lottery are supporting the Festival of Nature and City Nature Challenge volunteers programme in 2018 through their Awards for All scheme, providing training and leadership opportunities through the Festival programmes.





Heritage Lottery Fund

City Nature Challenge is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.



Bristol Business Improvement District

The Bristol BID project brings together businesses to improve Bristol’s City Centre, and is supporting the involvement of levy players in the City Nature Challenge.



UWE community volunteering

UWE are supporting the Festival of Nature and City Nature Challenge volunteers programme in 2018 through their student community volunteering scheme, providing students with training and leadership opportunities through the Festival programmes.

South Gloucestershire Council

South Gloucestershire Council are supporting the City Nature Challenge events programme across South Gloucesteshire through their Area Wide Grants Scheme, bringing the action beyond the city limits to explore the county’s wildlife and green spaces.


Tesco Bags of Help

Tesco Bags for Help are supporting our Fantastic Beasts tent at this year’s Bristol Festival of Nature.

Bags of Help is Tesco’s exciting local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag charge is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.



Wessex Watermark

Wessex Water has awarded a small “Watermark” grant to support small and voluntary organisations in Bath to take part in the festival.





Co-op Local Community Fund

Over £18 million has been raised for local causes by Co-op members, donating through their Local Community Fund.

As a Co-op member make sure to choose us as your Local Community Project and 1% of your purchases in-store will help Festival of Nature.




VWV provides legal support for the Natural History Consortium and our programmes.




Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership

The Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership (BACP) comprises a range of organisations, groups, authorities and individuals dedicated to working together to improve the water environment and provide wider benefits for people and nature at a catchment scale – known as a Catchment Based Approach (CaBA). This year we are proud to be supporting the Festival of Nature 2018.




Edith M Ellis 1985 Charitable Trust






DS Smith Charitable Foundation



Bath City Forum