Riverside Festival ready to go green

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THE Riverside Festival will be going green this year as organisers try to reduce its environmental impact.

The festival will return to The Meadows in Stamford on Saturday, July 7 and the Riverside Association of Music and Arts, which organises the event, has introduced a refillable tap water scheme and a car sharing initiative.

Organisers have teamed with Cummins Generator Technologies to provide free water refill points across the festival site.

People are encouraged to bring their own empty bottles and fill them up when they arrive. The festival licence forbids people from bringing liquids on to the site.

Event manager Tony Rawlinson said: “Cummins has been a long term supporter of Riverside for which we are very grateful. It is fantastic that this year we have been able to work in partnership with them and find a project which is equally important to both organisations.”

Organisers are also working with the goCarShare scheme to encourage people to share lifts to the festival.

Visitors can log on to http://gocarshare.com/festival/riverside-festival-stamford and offer lifts or find people travelling the same way.

Sunil Saigal of goCarShare said: “It’s a great way to save money if you are driving, or to head to the festival on the cheap if you need a lift.”

In another attempt to reduce the festival’s environmental impact, extra bins will be placed around Stamford and McDonalds staff will be helping the team pick up litter.

Festival-goers will once again be provided with beer and cider by the Bourne Round Table. A total of 25 real ales and 12 ciders will be on offer in the beer tent for £3 a pint and £1.50 a half pint.

Money raised will be split between the Round Table and the Riverside Association.

Entry is by ticket only.

Tickets for the festival are on sale for £5 at www.riversidefestival.co.uk. They will also be on sale on the day.