No plastic bottles at the Limetree music festival

We are pleased to announce that we are working in partnership with the organisers of the Limetree Festival in Yorkshire to have the first plastic free festival, which will take place in August!

At our marquee festival-goers will be able to help themselves to still drinking water in glass jugs and garnished with lemon, lime or mint, all for free. There will also be economical stylish re-usable bottles available to purchase should they forget their own. The marquee is strategically placed in the centre of the festival and not hidden away in a corner of the site, showing a real commitment by the organisers to make sustainability work in a festival environment while also easing the burden on festival-goers’ pockets.

Although Lime Tree is small in festival terms it would still be expected that up to 20,000 single use plastic bottles would be used during the three day event. Glastonbury, the largest event in the UK, used 20 articulated lorries full of plastic bottled water for the 2010 festival or 1,000,000 single use bottles.  Sean Birdsall, founder of the Limetree festival commented: “We are so pleased to be working towards a more sustainable festival with  As we are blessed with having our own spring on site we have always encouraged our festival family to drink from the spring which has the knock on effect of encouraging less rubbish and plastic waste.  It is a challenge to minimise the use of disposable bottles and plates but with the help of we are moving towards a plastic free festival.”

Embracing music and culture with a great line up on five individual stages, each with their own agenda, the festival is diverse but all inclusive.  The main Green Man stage hosts some of the bigger names including, and making their Limetree debuts, ethnic eletronica from Transglobal Underground; The Fantastics who have performed live on BBC sessions for Mark Lamarr and Craig Charles; Mercury and Brit award nominee jazz singer Carleen Anderson and merging the sounds of jazz, blues, folk, funk and pop Krystle Warren. The full music programme is available here: