We hope that the Covid-19 crisis will be behind us before September 13th, so appropriate planning continues for the Green Festival, together with provision to postpone if necessary. At group meetings on 14th June and 12th July the decision to continue, postpone or scale down will be reviewed.
We appreciate that these are difficult times and there is a wide spectrum of opinions about what the future will bring.
When the time comes it may be appropriate to hold a well planned, possibly scaled down event, the decision about whether to hold the event would be subject to all the guidance in place at the time, in consultation with the Council. The decision about whether to attend any event will be the choice of every individual, each making their own judgement of the guidance, following further experience of the local & global situation.
Planning group meetings continue at 3pm on the 2nd Sunday Monthly, using the Zoom cloud meeting platform. Visit https://zoom.us/ for guidance & tutorials. All are welcome to join a well-being catchup for the Green Festival community. Please contact us for the meeting link, or to discuss options to join the meeting without zoom.
We are grateful for the support of those that booked their stalls in February. Your payments are secure. If the event is postponed we propose rolling bookings over for 2021. However we are concerned that some will be facing financial hardship, so please contact us if you would like to arrange a refund of fees, without deduction. This will not effect your priority place in the booking process, though we’ll request repayment if/when the event is confirmed. If you have not yet booked we welcome your provisional application, or expression of interest, to be informed if/when the event is confirmed.
Stay safe> All being well, we may be able to get together in an appropriate way, on Sunday 13th September 2020.
Nottingham Green Festival is organised by grass roots community based volunteers, not-for-profit and with no statutory funding. The ethical standards and sustainability / environmental / human / animal rights ethos of the FREE one day event are long established, having evolved from the pre-history of Nottingham Peace Festival from which it grew. At the last event, we estimate we had around 5,000 adults and children in attendance. See the 2019 Green Festival Review here.
The 28th Nottingham Green Festival is to be held on Sunday 13th September 2020
12 noon to 6pm . Free
2019 saw the launch of a Speakers Area with panels & breakout discussions in the Rose Garden. This was a huge success so additional volunteer support will help developed the initiative for the 2020 event. See the 2019 Speakers Area Program.
Nottingham’s own Green Festival provides the place for everyone to learn, explore and try the latest in everything environmentally friendly and ethical, while having lots of fun in the beautiful setting of the Arboretum Park.
We are proud to run the event ‘off-grid’. Free live music is powered by solar panels and battery storage equipment, alongside outdoor entertainments and adult & children’s activities and workshops, plus stalls from small green businesses, craft workers, community groups, charities, campaigns, artisan food producers and vegan caterers. Sustainable and energy-saving technologies, transport and information are promoted. We encourage food vendors and stalls to operate with minimal waste and no single use plastic.
In 2018 the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading climate scientists, warned that there were less than a dozen years to limit climate change for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. The tipping points beyond which we will be unable to regulate the situation are just around the corner.
With this in mind the Green Festival has stepped up a gear to include more education, workshops, information sharing and action to better enable people to understand the issues of concern and to help them and their neighbourhoods bring about the changes required.
Respected medical journal, The Lancet, stated that “Civilisation is in crisis; we can no longer feed our population a healthy diet while balancing planetary resources. If we can eat in a way that works for our planet as well as our bodies, the natural balance will be restored.” This has been challenged by other scientists but there is an argument that a massive reduction in meat consumption supporting a move away from livestock farming could be part of the solution to our planetary dilemmas.
The Green Festival has addressed these issues since the 1980’s, with exclusively vegetarian food, including Veggies Catering Campaign, since day one. With the growing interest and adoption of vegan living, supported in Nottingham by initiatives such as Sneinton Vegan Market, the Green Festival is taking a lead nationally with an all-vegan food policy.
Alongside this, other sustainable issues are advanced by the event, especially regarding single use packaging and plastics. The free tea stall & some caterers use returnable mugs, plastic water bottles are banned in favour of the free water fountain at the Arboretum, funded by the Green Festival. This year stall holders have formed a sustainability working group to share best practice to reduce their impact.
We are aware that personal and community learning and changing are best achieved in a happy positive environment, not by being immobilised by threats of doom. The joyous and relaxed atmosphere of the Green Festival is a perfect event to help people accept serious lifestyle change and look to working within their friendship circles to promote these necessary changes.
We attract a wide spread of local people of all ages, and have made efforts to make the site safer for people with disabilities, despite the increasing crowds. We make provision to serve the many local communities but must always work to improve the event. We organise and prepare for the event throughout the year. Beyond the local and community groups currently involved, in future we hope to include staff, students and societies from our universities and colleges in projects to help educate and inform those attending the event about the urgency of our situation, and offering positive and practical actions that individuals and communities can take.
Please help us if you can.
Please support the event with a donation.
The events runs to a tight £6000+ budget and has no statutory funding.
Click button above to donate with PayPal or credit/debit cards (see link at bottom of the Paypal page).
See other options on the Fundraising page.
- The Arboretum, Waverley Street / Addison Street, NG7 4HF, is one minute from the High School Tram Stop and a few minutes from Nottingham’s Old Market Square or the Forest Park & Ride. Trams run direct from Nottingham Station.
- Many NCT buses pass the entrance off Mansfield Road – ask for the Huntingdon Street Stop.
- Cyclists met at noon at the Square to join a mini Critical Mass Bike Ride to the Green Festival, before parking up alongside the railings around the park & the bandstand.
- If driving from the M1 leave at Junction 24, 25 or 26 and take the NET Tram from the Park & Ride at Clifton South, Toton Lane or Phoenix Park respectively, to either Nottingham Trent University or the High School tram stop.
APPLICATIONS FOR 2020 will open in the Spring, initially for returning stalls. See stall booking information here – subject to revision by sustainability working group.
How to help
- To help with the 2020 event please join us at a planning group meeting, usually on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 3pm at the Sumac Centre.
- Everyone that supports the event – stall holders, caterers, campaign groups, performers, volunteers & everyone attending – all are invited to share feedback & ideas via Facebook, Twitter or email to help the planning of the 2019 event.
- Join the mailing list for announcements, news and information about Nottingham Green Festival
- Support the event with small donation. Click to donate with PayPal, or credit/debit cards without paypal account. See other options on the Fundraising page
- Post your photos and reviews onto social media. Tag @NottmGreenFest or #GreenFestival
- Send links to your photos to share on the Green Festival Gallery or any reviews that you might know of for the archive. Follow our team photographer, Alan Lodge@tashuk
- Share the announcement / press release on your social media! ( (temporary mirror site)
- Distribute publicity materials available from the Sumac Centre, Crocus Cafe, Five Leaves Bookshop, Green Emporium on Haydn Road and at Veggies Catering Campaign events.
- Your support will make all the difference in ensuring the success of Nottingham’s own Green Festival, the place for the whole family to learn, explore and try the latest in everything environmentally friendly and ethical, whilst also having lots of fun in the beautiful setting of the Arboretum Park.
Contact Nottingham Green Festival
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write to Nottingham Green Festival, c/o Sumac, 245 Gladstone Street, Nottingham NG7 6HX
- Follow NottmGreenFest on Twitter & Facebook
- Linkback to www.nottmgreenfest.org.uk