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Dartmoor festival to offset carbon footprint with 'Tunes for Trees’

The festival site last year

Tree planting is being trialled to mitigate the carbon generated by this year's Chagstock Festival.

Chagstock has teamed up with Dartmoor tree planting charity Moor Trees - who have been planting native British species in south Devon for over 20 years.

Festival organisers have calculated the amount of carbon generated through the festival’s electricity use over the two-day event. 

The Tunes-for-Trees campaign hopes to inspire other festivals and events to consider carbon as part of their impact.

The carbon will be absorbed by trees planted on Dartmoor over their lifetime, planted over the winter months.

Festival goers will have the opportunity to sponsor a tree of their own at the festival.

Simon Ford, Chagstock festival organiser, said: "Having already started the battle against single-use plastic, we’ve now set our sights on the climate change issue.

"The carbon generated by festivals has been a real blind-spot for organisers and we hope other’s follow suit in thinking about this, albeit less visible issue."

Adam Owen, Director of Moor Trees, said: "We’re very excited to be working with Chagstock in 2020 to promote the importance of native broadleaved trees in woodland planting and help the festival to mitigate for it’s carbon use. We will be planting trees the following winter to do this.

"Moor Trees will be on site to inform festival goers about our work with the local community to grow and plant native trees back onto Dartmoor. 

"This winter nearly 20 acres of woodland and one mile of hedgerow will have been created by hundreds of volunteers, which will bring great benefits to the local environment in years to come."

For more about the festival click here

Click play to hear Simon Ford, Chagstock festival organiser, speaking to reporter Matthew Hutchinson

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