Red Letter Day as HebCelt Shortlisted for Green Award

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Wednesday October 11 2017

A drive by one of Scotland’s most successful music festivals to minimise its environmental impact has put it in line for a major award.

The Hebridean Celtic Festival is one of only two Scottish events among the ten finalists for a UK Greener Festival Award, the second time in four years it has made the shortlist.

HebCelt has previously received an Outstanding award from campaign group A Greener Festival.

The Stornoway-based festival will face competition for the title from Edinburgh’s Meadows Festival, as well as Glastonbury and the Cambridge Folk Festival.

Winners will be announced at the UK Festival Awards in London on 30 November.

It is another accolade for HebCelt which has also been shortlisted in both the Festival of the Year and Cultural Event of the Year categories in the annual Scottish Event Awards, and in the Best Cultural Event or Festival category in the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards (HITA), a title it won in 2014.

HebCelt’s main arena (Pictured. Picture by: Colin Cameron) is situated in the spectacular setting in the Lews Castle grounds and festival organisers have introduced a number of measures relating to the sustainable use of resources, reducing emissions and raising awareness of environmental matters among volunteers, suppliers, contractors, artists and festival goers.

Innovations have included the introduction of Ecocups, a rigid plastic branded cup designed to be re-used annually by the festival, helping to cut back on plastic waste, and it was the first Scottish festival to partner with E-Car Club to provide a fleet of electric vehicles discounted for music fans.

HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said:

“This is another great honour for us and shows our hard work in staging a popular and successful event, while reducing our footprint in our magnificent location, is paying off.

“We are passionate about protecting the environment and have been determined in getting the message to everyone involved in the event.”

A Greener Festival is a not-for-profit company committed to helping events, festivals and venues around the world adopt environmentally efficient practices.

As part of the awards process, the organisation sends an auditor to assess measures taken by festivals to make them as green as possible.

It also speaks with traders, audience, and sub-contractors, as well as viewing every aspect of the event.



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