Watching a sea of sun-scorched smiling faces waving their arms in unison with headline act, JLS, it’s hard to imagine how a star-studded pop concert could be conserving our environment, but at the British Summer Time Hyde Park festival, that’s exactly what concert-goers are doing.
Chosen by AEG Live to be the official charity partner of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park, the Royal Parks Foundation is raising thousands of pounds to fund a wide variety of projects from wildlife conservation, landscape restoration to community, sport and art.
Through their ‘Pennies’ scheme, concert goers who book online can opt to donate 50p which will be used to help maintain and conserve features and spaces within Hyde Park. On top of that, AEG has also committed to underwrite a minimum guarantee of funds totaling £250k to Hyde Park.
The first project AEG is supporting is to help The Royal Parks redevelop the South Carriage Drive playground in Hyde Park, restoration of which is due to start later this year.
Other projects money raised by the Royal Parks goes towards includes conserving and protecting more wildlife and diverse habitats, from ancient deer herds and valuable reedbeds to the rare rusty click beetle and restoring historic monuments.
Sustainability doesn’t stop there; here are 5 more interesting eco facts about Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park:
1. 100% of wood and timber products used for the event are sustainably sourced and Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.
2. Stage and set materials have, where possible, been sourced and manufactured in the UK and designed for reuse over at least ten years.
3. Waste vegetable oil biofuels are being used to power a number of generators, with one stage being powered by solar plus additional solar towerlights.
4. A state of the art sanitation system which requires less transport and uses less water than traditional units, including waterless urinals, are being used throughout the events.
5. Around 300 volunteers from across London have been recruited to help bring the spirit of London 2012 back to one of London’s favourite Parks and concerts.
However, if concerts aren’t your thing, you can also support the Royal Park Foundation by entering their very popular Half Marathon event www.royalparkshalf.com or if you fancy an even bigger challenge, why not sign yourself up for the 50km Royal Park Foundation Ultra, now the UK’s biggest ultra marathon www.royalparksultra.com
To find out more about you can support the Royal Park Foundation head over to www.SupportTheRoyalParks.org and to see the amazing line-up for the next week, including Elton John, The Rolling Stones and Jennifer Lopez head over to www.bst-hydepark.com