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Love the Farm, Leave NO Trace: SOS Africa Assists Glastonbury Festival Clean-Up

02 Jul 2014

SOS Africa's Glastonbury Festival Litter Picking Team

Have you ever attended Glastonbury Festival and wondered how it could be, that after hosting one of the biggest party’s in the world with around 170,000 people in attendance, by 12pm each day the festival site manages to look so clean? During last week’s festival, Dolly Parton’s memorable performance alone attracted 100,000 spectators to the Pyramid Stage field, as part of nearly 12 hours of non-stop live music. The answer lies with a loyal band of charity volunteers who, come rain or shine, rise at 6am each morning of the festival, whilst everyone sleeps, to ensure that when they wake there will be little trace of the previous night’s festivities. In total it is estimated that at each festival, nearly 2000 tonnes of waste is collected.

100,000 people watch Dolly Parton on the Pyramid Stage   Crowds watching Pyramid Stage performers at this years Glastonbury Festival

This year SOS Africa played a significant part in this process as 46 of the charity’s toughest volunteers were recruited alongside members of other charitable organisations and assigned to clean the festival’s iconic Pyramid Stage field. From 6am to 12pm each day our volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure that by the time the music started, the site was litter-free. To reward them for their efforts, the volunteers were then able to join in with the festivities. Now that the final song has been sung and the final piece of litter collected, the volunteers are able to donate back to their chosen charities, raising a fantastic amount of money for some very worthy causes.

Before and after photos of the Pyramid Stage field

It is a fantastic scheme and a great way for charities to raise money and also reward their loyal volunteers. It is one of many ways in which the festival looks after local and national charities. We would like to say a big thank you to SOS Africa’s fantastic team of litter pickers for all of their hard work and to the Festival organisers, Fiona Case in particular, for making this possible.


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