One year on and 1000 trees have been planted in the Festival Wood thanks to the generosity of the Festival Community.
Claire O’Neill and Helen Innes from A Greener Festival paid a visit to the Scottish Highlands last weekend, where we are planting the “Festival Wood” in partnership with the highly regarded charity Trees for Life. This is a reforestation project and is for the festival industry and festival goers alike to give something back to the great outdoors that we love to enjoy. The project is to reforest the Caledonian highlands to provide desperately needed bilateral habitat to support biodiversity and healthy ecological systems. Trees will not be felled for timber. 100% of the £5 per tree donations go to the project – with no admin fees charged to A Greener Festival – or you!
Claire and Helen undertook the long journey north to plant some of the trees kindly donated this season. The most considerable donation this summer came from Electric Hotel, who donated £1 per phone charge at Shambala Festival this summer – and with over a thousand pounds raised, Sebastian and his team at Electric Hotel were able to contribute 212 new trees – which is fantastic! And with more donations from festivals, fans and suppliers, we are proud that FESTIVAL WOOD HAS REACHED IT’S FIRST ONE THOUSAND TREES.
Donations to the wood have been made so far include Et Voila Events, PsyBeatm, Bestival, End of the Road Festival, Belladrum (Tartan Heart 2012) Festival, ID&C, Barley Arts, Italy, The Electric Hotel, Stack Cup, Peppermint Bars, Al Green Productions, www.festivalmag.com, Glastonbury Festival, Rockstar Services, Live Experience, Kendal Calling,Hadra trance festival and Deer Shed Festival. We also planted trees to celebrate Team Green stalwarts Helen and Sam’s weddings – to Alan and Helen.
A Greener Festival also donates one tree per festival that applies to its Greener Festival annual Awards scheme internationally. And whilst we have hit this milestone – its not enough! There is still a month left of planting and all festivals, suppliers, organisers and individuals are invited to donate what they can to this brilliant project!
O’Neill, Co Founder of A Greener Festival, said “Although this is a carbon negative activity, we don’t see it as an “offset scheme”. This is a reforestation project for the festival industry and it’s for all of us to give something back, and to have a long term beneficial impact on the ecosystem that our lives depend upon.”
Photos: Helen (top) and Claire (right) plant more trees in Dundreggan.