Record number of UK festivals given green award

Independent environmental campaign group A Greener Festival named 23 festivals across Europe as the first summer winners of the prestigious Greener Festival Award 2010, this weekend.

Glastonbury Festival, Wireless festival and the Isle of Wight Festival were three of the fourteen UK festivals handed the award for improving environmental impact and reducing CO2 emissions.

A record number of festivals signed up to be recognised by the award which takes into account travel policies, waste and recycling policies, water use and noise pollution.

Standon Calling in Hertfordshire, Summer Sundae Weekender in Leicester and Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth were amongst the other big name winners.

A handful of smaller summer festivals across the country were handed the award including Wood Festival, Lounge on the Farm, Splendour, The Bristol Harbour Festival, Sunrise Celebration, The City of London Festival and the Croissant Neuf Summer Party.

A Greener Festival is expected to add further UK festivals taking place in August and September to the list at the beginning of October.

The awards will be presented at the UK Festival Awards on Thursday 18 November at the O2 in London where the overall 'Greenest Festival' Award will be announced.

For more information about the campaign group 'A Greener Festival' and how to reduce your impact on the environment when visiting a festival check out their website