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National Trust go to Glastonbury Festival
Glastonbury Festival with the tor in the background
The National Trust cares for Glastonbury Tor

When you think of Glastonbury Festival, you think of mud-covered revellers partying through the night.

And when you think of the National Trust, stately homes and pristine gardens come to mind.

The two couldn't be more different - and yet the National Trust has announced that it is to have a presence at the festival.

The national charity hopes to encourage festival goers to enjoy open spaces for the rest of the year.

"I'm sure some people will look at us and think, 'Crikey, what are they doing here?' And that's just the response we want," said Andy Mayled, the National Trust's general manager for the Somerset countryside.

Many who watch Glastonbury Festival on television will remember shots of the Tor peeking out from the Pyramid Stage.

Glastonbury Festival
Headliners for this year's event include Stevie Wonder, U2 and Muse

But what you may not be aware of is that the trust cares for the iconic structure.

"We want to remind people that the National Trust is about enjoying open spaces and fresh air, and getting a good dose of physical and spiritual refreshment. So we're going to create opportunities on-site to do just that," added Andy.

Things which will be on offer by the trust include sensory boxes which will "immerse visitors in outdoor places"; a bar made by timber which people can decorate; a chill-out zone with nature sounds being played through the headphones and a large installation representing a tree where people can see the delights of dawn to dusk in 15 minutes.

"It is going to be a lot of fun, something people can take part in and we hope it will recreate a small part of the refreshment that a visit to a special place in the outdoors, such as Glastonbury Tor, can bring," said Andy.




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