Our home is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and heritage and with sites of special scientific interest on our doorstep, we feel a particularly strong responsibility to care for and protect our natural environment, and to encourage others to do the same.
Our aim is to be an event leader in sustainability. We work closely with our Sustainability Partner Caledonian Horticulture on our event delivery and are part of the Green Arts Initiative and a member of Vision:2025, aimed at halving emissions by 2025.
In 2022, we built on our environmental measures by:
- Actively discouraging travel by car and highlighting the excellent public transport in East Lothian. A special midnight service from Scotrail was arranged to take visitors back to Edinburgh each night. Bike racks were also provided on site.
- Putting in place a festival ‘best practice’ for waste management. All cups on site were compostable, and after processing, were used by North Berwick in Bloom for spreading on wild flower gardens in the town. Watch our event film HERE
- Including environmental masterclasses, discussions and presentations in the programme, often with our partners, SSE Renewables and Scottish Seabird Centre and others including East Lothian Council, East Lothian Countryside Rangers, North Berwick Environment and Heritage Trust, North Berwick in Bloom, FIDRA, Sustaining NB and Lower Impact Living.
In January 2023, we announced Caledonian Horticulture as our Sustainability Partner who will be working with us on decreasing our footprint over the next five years.
Furthermore, in 2023 a new ‘envirozone’ will see our waste management processes brought into the main festival site for us to educate festival goers on what happens to the waste post event.
Our environmentally positive principles and actions are communicated to staff/volunteers and ultimately to visitors, thus expanding the reach of Green messaging in East Lothian and beyond.