August’s popular End Of The Road is offering 2014 ticket buyers a chance to fund a new tree in a special ‘Festival Wood’ in the Scottish highlands. The boutique festival’s booking page now invites drivers in particular a chance to ‘Give Something Back’ by donating to The Festival Woods reforestation initiative.
Festival businesses including Glastonbury, Bestival, and Kendall Calling plus hundreds of festivalgoers have already contributed trees to the collaboration by A Greener Festival and Scotland’s Trees For Life.
Claire O’Neill, co-founder of A Greener Festival, said: “We are blown away with the positive contribution from festivals, contractors and creative teams and the response from EOTR’s lovely audience has been magnificent.”
Trees For Life has nurtured Scotland’s ancient forests since 1989 and the scheme was conceived by AGF in 2012 as an opportunity for the festival community to support the land we all enjoy. More than a thousand trees have already been planted at the 10,000 acre site at Dundreggan near Loch Ness.
The inaguaral wood was started with 300 trees including a substantial contribution from Big Green Coach as part of its ongoing tree-planting policy. Green coaches still represent a more environmentally-friendly alternative to car travel, which can contribute up to 60% of a greenfield festival’s carbon footprint.
Organisers are keen to stress The Festival Wood is not just a CO2 offset scheme, but rather a lasting positive restoration of the wild landscape and ecosystem. Native trees including Scots pine, willow, rowan, birch, hazel, alder, holly, aspen and bird cherry are grown from locally collected seed in natural distribution patterns and none will be felled for timber.
Last year, green energy project The Electric Hotel donated £1 for each of 1000 mobiles recharged at Shambala using wind, solar, water or pedal power, contributing more than 200 trees for Festival Wood.
Other green initiatives by End of the Road include insisting on only biodegradable plates and cutlery, banning flyers, offering a FreeFill water service with Bristol’s FRANK and promoting AGF’s own Love Your Tent campaign.
If you are a festival and want to get involved with the Festival Woods project, they’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. They’ll also contribute one tree to the scheme for each festival applying to their prestigious, rigorously monitored annual Greener Festival Award, won in 2013 by Shambala.
A tree costs just £5. Dundreggan also has a visitor area, and offers educational walks and opportunities to observe the wildlife, or you can even volunteer in the wood by prior arrangement.