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Turtle Dove Pilgrimage

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The Plough & Attic Rooms

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Rusper

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A re-wilding journey across Sussex to the incredible Knepp estate.

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Folk singer and nature lover Sam Lee invites you on a three-night pilgrimage to ‘re-wild’ one of Britain’s ancient traditional songs back to the very birds that inspired the folk song.

Tracing the songlines of Sussex, seekers of the old ways are welcome to share this path connecting the ancient traditional song ‘Turtle Dove’, collected in 1903 by Vaughan Williams, and carry it from its source to one of the last remaining populations of Turtle Doves in the UK.

When does a song need to be rewilded? What does the rare and almost-disappeared Turtle Dove have to do with British folk song tradition? These are questions we will be exploring as we chart the song-line connecting the Turtle Dove’s song source to Sussex’ last colony of this species.

This journey will explore the relationship our disappearing ancient songs have with the rapid ecological decline happening right now in the UK. Sam will lead guests on a unique and intimate passage along the sacred ways of Sussex to the Knepp Estate, the most ambitious rewilding oasis in the UK and a premier site for ecological research.


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We will walk amongst herds of deer, longhorn cattle and many rare species that have found sanctuary in this land that time forgot, eventually meeting the small colony of Turtle Doves purring their mystical song in the old oak trees.

We will carry most of our own gear, camp on the land and spend our nights round the fire singing and telling stories.

This journey includes wild-swimming, foraging, drinking spring water, local history, nature connection activities, tree climbing, and singing this stunning song, sharing it with those we encounter on our journey.

We will be carrying and cooking (over a fire) all of our own food.

The pilgrimage will meet on Thursday evening 9th June informally at the very pub where it all began, The Plough in Rusper, with last arrivals joining us at St Mary Magdalene, Rusper to depart on Friday 10th June at 10am.

We will complete our journey on the Sunday morning at Knepp Castle Estate, with a minibus taking us back to St Mary’s in Rusper.

Your place includes all food and drink (from Friday morning onwards) and two or three nights of camping in a mixture of churches (Thursday) and tents (Friday & Saturday).

This 20+ mile journey will be on foot and is for competent walkers only but for singers of any ability.

Click here for further information and a list of required kit


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The Plough & Attic Rooms

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Rusper

RH12 4PX

United Kingdom

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Organiser The Nest Collective

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The Nest Collective is a leading force in contemporary and cross-cultural folk music.

We bring people together to experience extraordinary music, rekindling connections with nature, tradition and community.

Founded in 2005 by Mercury-nominated artist Sam Lee, the Nest Collective began as a small gathering of music and folk lovers. Today, our vibrant annual programme includes a diverse range of music events in locations across the UK, featuring outstanding emerging and established folk, world and roots artists from across the globe.

Because we embrace and encourage connection with nature, many of our events take place outdoors in beautiful green spaces, both in cities and rural areas. We welcome an ever-growing community to our events in London and around the country.

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