The authorities, led by the Badgers and Mink had 'Ratty the Water Vole on the run.
He was spotted in Monmouth but went into hiding however he was found and arrested. Judge Wild Boar made a grand entrance to Monmouth via the River Wye and celebrated Ratty's capture and imprisonment at Monmouth Shire Hall.
The audience enjoyed the Chloe Loftus Dance performance of their new piece, specially commissioned by Articulture for the Wye Valley River Festival
In the evening crowds enjoyed a fantastic fire garden display at Dixton Church.
The Trial and Grand Assizes were the theatrical centrepieces of the festival and brought to life the environmental issues underpinning Ratty's story and gave voice to the concerns of local communities. Ratty was put on trial in the courtroom The Shire Hall, Monmouth and performers, local witnesses and experts gave evidence. It ended with a theatrical climax on Monnow Bridge where Ratty escaped his execution and disappeared into the night and was then pursued along the river to Chepstow.
A partnership between the AONB Unit, Ross-on-Wye Town Council and Natural England have started tree management work on the banks of the Wye where it passes through Ross, to benefit biodiversity and create river views.
If you are 14-18 years old and love exploring the countryside of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, then the Wye Valley AONB Youth Ranger programme is looking for you! Come along to our Taster Day on September 30th.