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Nature lovers gather for country's largest gathering of Druids

By The Citizen  |  Posted: July 28, 2014

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Culmination ceremony at the Druid camp in Westbury on Severn

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NATURE lovers descended on fields on Severnside for what is said to be the country’s largest gathering of druids.

Druid Camp 2014 welcomed all-comers to the event which helped people “explore the native spirituality” of land.

Held every year, the camp near Westbury-on-Severn boasts workshops, presentations, ceremonies, music and a range of other entertainment.

Founder and event organiser Mark Graham said: “This is the largest gathering of druids in England.

“It celebrates the arts and environmentalism and it is opportunity for them to come together and discuss the philosophy and nature of druidry.”

Druidry is a pre-Christian religious tradition of the British Isles which celebrates the “ancient heritage of these lands”.

The event, which ran from Wednesday until Sunday, featured a number of environmental workshops, some backed by the district’s Green Party.

Art, poetry and acoustic music events, as well as comedy, also featured.

Mr Graham added: “We are open to anybody with an interest in finding out about the ancient religious traditions of these lands and the relevance it has with people today.

“Druids hold the Earth to be sacred, which is always the message.

“Basically, it is about living the most creative life as you can as well as contributing as much as you can to the land and society, but always being mindful about the impact you have on Earth and also that its precious resources are shared equally with all the people who live here.”

The five-day event was held in fields off Rodley Lane, near Downhill.

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