At Nozstock we aim to reduce our environmental impact every year by running fun, green activities and making it easier for festival goers to make greener choices. We are very pleased to be awarded a Commended Award from A Greener Festival in 2014 and an Improvers Award in 2016 and 2017. We were also shortlisted for the Greener Festival Award at the UK Festival Awards in 2014 and 2016. Thumbs up to all the staff, volunteers, traders, performers and revellers who do their bit to keep Nozstock clean and green.
You can read our full Environmental Policy or here are a few highlights:
WASTE & RECYCLING
This year we are getting drastic on single use plastic! We are asking everyone to ‘Get Ready To Refill’ and use the delicious, free water available form all our taps and bars to refill their water bottles. All our food traders use biodegradable plates and cutlery and we have joined the Association of Independent Festivals Final Straw campaign to ban plastic straws from festivals. We are also encouraging stalls, performers and festival goers to ditch the old fashioned plastic glitter in favour of shiny planet-happy biodegradable glitter
We recycle as much of our waste as possible and are striving to improve the amount every year. One of the suggestions to come from you guys to help us with this, was the introduction of a refundable eco bond. With every ticket you also purchase a £5 eco bond which you can reclaim when you bring a full bag of rubbish or recycling to the eco bond exchange and sort it in our recycling center. The eco bond exchange is open from Sunday afternoon to Monday lunchtime and you will need your bar coded eco bond ticket to claim your £5 back. In 2017 this meant we were able to sort and separate 40% of our waste into good quality recycling on site.
CLEAN CAMPSITE COMPETITION
Nozstockers far and wide, hold your horses, the tent judges are back! They will be around all weekend to judge your campsites on cleanliness, friendliness and funkiness. Prizes are awarded to the best tents and the tidiest campsites, including merchandise, trophies and free festival tickets! We want you to decorate your tents as best as you can. Think bunting, flags, and up-cycled décor. Think green, clean and sustainable. Get your party tricks up to par, we think we’ve seen it all, but we want you to prove us wrong! The clean campsite award ceremony will be on Sunday at the Bandstand, so get creative, and we’ll see you there
PEOPLE IN MOTION
People in Motion is a local non-profit organisation who provide support and needed supplies to displaced people. Their current efforts are focused on the refugee crisis, sending aid and volunteer support throughout Europe. People in Motion will be helping to collect reuseable items from the campsite clear up such as camping equipment, non-perishable food and clothing to be sent out in their next shipment aid. Don’t bin it – donate it!
We run a FREE shuttle bus from Bromyard to the festival site and specially organised coaches run from Bristol Temple Meads, London Kings Cross St Pancras, Worcester Shrub Hill and Hereford Train Stations, with return journeys available on Monday, making traveling sustainably to the festival a doddle! Check out our travel pages for more details on the bus services and how to book your tickets…
We encourage people to leave the gas guzzlers at home and therefore charge for car parking. However, if you are bringing a car, save some petrol and lift share with GoCarShare, a wonderfully green scheme for getting to the Farm. Check out the Nozstock page for details and add your journey, whether you are driving or looking for a lift, and they will match you with someone going the same way. Score some eco-points and make some new festival friends.
LOVE YOUR TENT
Nozstock is part of the Love Your Tent campaign which is designed to bond people with their portable homes, and encourage them to re-use, instead of discard. 86% of total festival waste comes from the campsites. We’re committed to reducing that percentage, so please @loveyourtent and #justtakeithome. Remember that flimsy pop up tents often can’t be donated to charities.
Hate the stress of setting up camp, not to mention taking it down again? Want to avoid the dreaded wrestle of jamming a tent into the overhead compartment on the train? Well, this year we have teamed up with Camplight, who offer pre-pitched tents for hire. Starting from £50, they’ll set a tent up for you in a good location with a comfy air mattress and a warm sleeping bag too, if you so wish! All their tents are picked from those abandoned at UK festivals, so by hiring a tent you are helping clear up events and supporting a solution to campsite waste.
Every year we invite one of our amazing artists to take part in a tree planting workshop in the craft area and plant the newest addition to our star studded Celebritree Avenue. The Proclaimers planted the first tree at Nozstock 2012 since then we’ve welcomed the likes of Molotov Jukebox, Beans on Toast and Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer.
You’ll also see an exciting range of green workshops and activities for all ages, from funky junk workshops to willow weaving. Be sure to check out our programme to keep up to date with everything – there’s more green initiatives at Nozstock than you can shake a stick at!