GO­ING GREEN AT THIS YEAR’S FES­TI­VALS

here’s our pick of the best of this year’s eco-friendly of­fer­ings...

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Green Issues -

JULY 16-18

The self-pro­claimed green and eth­i­cally-minded Cotswolds-based 2000 Trees (www.twot­hou­sandtreesfes­ti­val.co.uk) is head­lined this sold-out year by Metron­omy and The Sub­ways.

Run en­tirely on biodiesel, 2000 Trees usu­ally man­ages to re­cy­cle up to 80% of its waste. It also uses only biodegrad­able and re­us­able food and drink con­tain­ers and has only UKbased bands play to re­duce CO2 emis­sions.

The ever-pop­u­lar Lat­i­tude [www.lat­i­tude­fes­ti­val.co.uk] in Suf­folk is up­ping its green ante, hav­ing won an AGF award last year and com­men­da­tions for its re­us­able beer cup pol­icy (which can be washed and reused up to 100 times). ex­pect re­cy­clable tents, lo­cal food and com­postable-only cut­lery.

JULY 23-25

Scot­land’s Big Tent Fes­ti­val [www.big­tent­fes­ti­val.co.uk] is the nation’s largest ecofes­ti­val, with a ded­i­cated ‘Cli­mate Cham­pi­ons Zone’ that’ll in­spire you to get into tidal power, start a wormery or in­vest in per­ma­cul­ture. Or you can just sit back and ad­mire the heav­enly views of Falk­land Palace. Big Tent is also of­fer­ing free shut­tle buses to Falk­land from nearby rail­way and bus sta­tions, so you have no ex­cuse to drive there!

JULY 29 - AU­GUST 1

An AGF award-win­ner last year, The Cam­bridge Folk Fes­ti­val [www. cam­bridge­folk­fes­ti­val.co.uk] has an ex­cep­tion­ally high re­cy­cling rate (65%) and in 2009 man­aged to get their bars and cater­ers to ad­here to a strict zero land­fill waste pol­icy. Free buses from Cam­bridge train and bus sta­tion de­liver fes­ti­val­go­ers straight to the mu­sic - in­clud­ing natalie Mer­chant and Sea­sick Steve - where they can re­use their beer cups and wash them on­site the whole week­end long.

AU­GUST 5-8

eastnor Cas­tle’s Big Chill Fes­ti­val started the whole ‘Leave no Trace’ pol­icy and is con­stantly striv­ing to be greener year-onyear, hav­ing won an ‘Im­prover’ award from AGF last year. Com­postable cut­lery, lo­cal food and lo­cally-brewed beers and so­lar-pow­ered charg­ers will rub shoul­ders with awe­some head­lin­ers Thom Yorke, Lily Allen and MIA.

AU­GUST 12-15

York­shire’s Moor Mu­sic Fes­ti­val [www.moor­mu­sicfes­ti­val.co.uk], is a 3,000-per­son only deal that has its own cy­cle­pow­ered disco and pedal-pow­ered or­ches­tra, which means that no mu­sic will be heard un­less fes­ti­val­go­ers cy­cle to power the amps! Lo­callysourced food and ale is also the only grub. Crois­sant neuf [www. par­tyneuf.co.uk] scooped three awards for sus­tain­abil­ity last year - more than any other fes­ti­val in the world - so you can ex­pect this year to be quite a green one too. head­lined by The Magic num­bers, Crois­sant neuf is en­tirely pow­ered by so­lar pan­els and wind gen­er­a­tors. All food and drink is or­ganic, lo­cal and fairly traded - and the fes­ti­val has also or­gan­ised work­shops on re­new­able en­ergy and sus­tain­abil­ity to en­cour­age oth­ers to go green too. In fact, an ex­ter­nal au­dit found that last year fes­ti­val­go­ers gen­er­ated 50% less CO2 at the fes­ti­val than if they’d stayed at home and had

AU­GUST 27-29

Sham­bala [www.sham­bal­afes­ti­val.org] will be 100% greenly pow­ered this year, us­ing so­lar, biodiesel and wind power to amp up stages and acts (which are all a se­cret un­til the ac­tual fes­ti­val it­self!). ex­pect hippy things like roller dis­cos, free cy­cle tours and cir­cus work­shops, plus green things like por­taloos with non-toxic flush sys­tems, home­made cider and or­ganic food.

SEPTEM­BER 9-12

The Isle of Wight’s world-fa­mous (and al­ways sold-out) Bes­ti­val won an ‘Out­stand­ing’ award at last year’s AGF awards and this year could very well do the same. ex­pect head­lin­ers Dizzee Ras­cal, Flam­ing Lips and Prodigy, at a fes­ti­val that en­cour­ages lift­shar­ing (in 2008 Bes­ti­val-go­ers saved more than 100 tonnes of CO2 and £36,000 of their own money through this sim­ple act). Bes­ti­val is boast­ing even more com­postable loos than last year, and is also send­ing all mixed re­cy­clables to a new gasi­fi­ca­tion plant which will power homes on the is­land.

a nor­mal week­end.

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