Last weekend, thousands of revellers descended on Somerset to attend one of the world’s biggest and best festivals: Glastonbury. At the same time, thousands of others were pitching their tents for an entirely different reason: to save the rainforest!
On the 24th of June, The Big Canopy Campout (TBCC) saw canopy and climbing communities from across the world unite to spend the night in the treetops and under the stars. The event aimed to raise funds to help the World Land Trust purchase and protect critically threatened rainforest in Borneo.
That night, Twitter went wild with people sharing pictures and videos of the campouts using #TheBigCanopyCampout hashtag. Some set up in the canopy (mainly the pros), while others chose to camp on the ground surrounded by wonderful woodland.
Our fave story came from none other than the Planet Earth filmmakers, who spent the night in tents suspended from the roof of the Eden Project in Cornwall!
The crew’s illuminated tents were suspended over the tropical canopy, with rope access professionals joining them for the night. Before dusk set in, the team spent some time chatting with visitors about their work, helping to spread awareness of TBCC.
Speaking of the Eden campout, TBCC founder John Pike said: Having spent years climbing in the world’s rainforests we’re all very excited to have the incredible opportunity to sleep high above the canopy of the world’s largest enclosed rainforest at Eden.
The Big Canopy Campout is about exciting, educating and inspiring people about rainforests so we thought Eden was the perfect place to coordinate this global event, he added.
The funds raised from the event will help to safeguard Borneoâs precious rainforests through the Saving Kinabatangan appeal. This initiative aims to purchase and protect a key stretch of rainforest adjacent to the Pangi Virgin Jungle Reserve. These areas offer vital connectivity to the Kinabatangan River for highly threatened species such as the Bornean orangutan, pygmy elephant, proboscis monkey, helmeted hornbill and Sunda pangolin.
John finished by saying: Rainforests are under threat, partly because people aren’t able to experience them for themselves. The canopy environment is an amazing place and climbing in the canopy can change people’s lives, giving them a completely different view of what rainforests are and why they’re important.
We’re glad to hear that the event was a resounding success, and if you have any pics or vids of your weekend campout, then please share them with us (and don’t forget to use #TheBigCanopyCampout hashtag!).
Here are some photos from our sites!