In addition to the physical land itself comes the wildlife who live there.
Festival organisers should consider:
- Using trackway to minimise damage of vehicle movement on site (and in the UK avoid spending half of the build pulling vehicles out of the mud!)
- Where possible enhance the environment by planting trees and preserving nature
- Preserve hedgerows, trees, and consider wildlife when planning your event.SEE THIS EXCELLENT ARTICLE BY GEOFF MONCK ABOUT TREE PROTECTION AT FESTIVALS (PDF Download)
- Consultants can offer their expertise and advise for minimizing land damage and protecting local wildlife.
- Liaise with local environmental and wildlife charities and organisations.
- A percentage of takings could be donated or invested into local environmental/wildlife projects. Check out www.groundwork.org
“Essentially what you are doing is very similar to a camping trip; ideally, each individual should apply the same rules that they would when anywhere else in nature. You are taking something from the land, i.e. your enjoyment, and it deserves to be treated with respect. It would be great to think that everyone tried to apply a ‘leave only footprints’ approach to their time at a festivals, which of course should be mirrored by any traders etc there.”
“The main impact would be making festivals themselves sustainable, by not annoying the locals we are seen as less of a pest by the authorities, and save the land for the future”
BGG is very concerned with the environment. All stallholders products are expected to be environmentally friendly, we actively discourage vehicles on site (cars belong in a car park, not with tents), we leave the land as we found it (litter clearing can take up to 2 months after event). We work with the local council and encourage any local environmental organizations to take part.
Jennifer Sundance (stalls co-ordinator BGG, Healing area reception Glasto)
Many urinals for men to discourage them from urinating against the fence / trees.
Nick Ladd ‘Glade Festival’