Organisers of Chagstock festival have embarked on a tree planting campaign to mitigate the carbon generated by the event.
The ‘Tunes-for-Trees’ initiative will counteract the festival’s carbon
footprint over the lifetime of these new trees to be planted on Dartmoor.
Chagstock has teamed up with Dartmoor tree planting charity Moor Trees, who have been planting native British species in south Devon for over 20 years.
Festival organisers have calculated the amount of carbon generated through the festival’s electricity use over the two-day event. The Tunes-for-Trees campaign hopes to inspire other festivals and events to consider carbon as part of their impact.
The carbon will be absorbed by trees planted on Dartmoor over their lifetime, planted over the winter months.
Festival-goers will have the opportunity to sponsor a tree of their own at the festival. Simon Ford, Chagstock festival organiser, said: “Having already started the battle against single-use plastic, we’ve now set our sights on the climate change issue. The carbon generated by festivals has been a real blind-spot for organisers and we hope others follow suit in thinking about this, albeit less visible, issue.”
Adam Owen, Director of Moor Trees, said: “We’re very excited to be
working with Chagstock in 2020 to promote the importance of native broadleaved trees in woodland planting and help the festival to mitigate for its carbon use. We will be planting trees the following winter to do this.
‘Moor Trees will be on site to inform festival-goers about our work with the local community to grow and plant native trees back onto Dartmoor. This winter nearly 20 acres of woodland and one mile of hedgerow will have been created by hundreds of volunteers, which will bring great benefits to the local environment in years to come.”
The news comes as the festival recently announced its two showstopping headliners; Seasick Steve and pop-rock trio, Scouting for Girls. These acts are the latest additions to a growing and diverse line-up, with many more artists to be announced in the coming months.