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Bestival 'exploring renewable power' for next year's event

Mon 7 Nov 2011

Bestival 'exploring renewable power' for next year's event

The organisers of Bestival on the Isle of Wight have confirmed that they are stepping up measures to make the festival as green as possible.

Duncan Turner, environmental manager for Bestival, stated that the boutique bash takes sustainability very seriously.

He was commenting following the news that Bestival was "highly commended" for its approach to environmental issues by the A Greener Festival website.

Mr Turner explained how the organisers of the event on the Isle of Wight are currently looking into renewable energy as a way to generate power to be used during the September festival.

"We continue to explore ways in which we can use solar power, pedal power and local biofuel to replace diesel usage and have a Tomorrow's World area of the site which is primarily powered by these means, while also actively promoting and educating their use to festival goers," he explained.

Mr Turner also pointed out that Bestival is improving its sustainability every year it takes part, which may encourage those considering Isle of Wight holidays to time their break in 2012 to coincide with the event.

Renewable energy, transport and waste and recycling were named by the environmental manager as three of the key areas those behind the running of Bestival concentrated on in 2011.

He highlighted the fact that revellers are encouraged to travel to the event in as green a manner as possible, with a car share scheme run so they have less need to drive.

Mr Turner noted that a Big Green Coach service was also provided by the organisers of the bash, picking up festival fans from 21 locations all over the country and delivering them directly to the site where Bestival is held - Robin Hill Country Park.

This part of the event's sustainability drive also included ferry travel to the Isle of Wight, he said.

Mr Turner added: "We really upped the ante this year with an enhanced waste and recycling programme that saw 24 per cent of waste recycled."

He pointed out that this is a particularly impressive figure considering the bad weather that hit the festival site over the course of the 2011 event this September.

A scheme was also held where revellers were encouraged to recycle through free cups of tea, with a brew provided for every bag of waste handed in to recycling points at the event.

Mr Turner noted that the organisers of Bestival are also always seeking ways to educate people who travel to the Isle of Wight for the festival about ways they can live their life in a more eco-friendly and sustainable manner that is kinder to the environment.

Bestival was one of the highest performing festivals in the UK according to A Greener Festival, although the Isle of Wight Festival was deemed to be "outstanding" by the awards.

It was recently revealed that a recording of the headline performance of the 2011 Bestival is to be released to aid a local youth charity.

The Cure played for two-and-a-half hours on the Isle of Wight in their only European gig of the year and Bestival curator Rob da Bank stated that it will be a "legendary" addition to the collection of any fans of the band who were unable to see the show.

It was also noted by the Radio 1 DJ that anyone who was on the Isle of Wight and was lucky enough to see the headline set by The Cure will be transported back to Bestival when they listen to the recording, which is being released by his own Sunday Best label on December 5th.

Proceeds from the live album will go to the Isle of Wight Youth Trust, with the band's singer Robert Smith stating that they wanted to give something back to the island as they had enjoyed their time there so much.

Posted by Jon NobleADNFCR-3083-ID-800787906-ADNFCR

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