The Green Gathering 2011 will be a family, camping event for a period of 4 days. This year, the event will be held at picturesque Piercefield Park of Chepstow, Monmouthshire from July 28th to July 31st.
The Green Gathering 2011 will be part of a long tradition of Green Gathering events over the last 20 years, which have an established brand presence in the events calendar with a support base of participants and customers drawn largely from the environmental and emerging Transition communities.
The Green Gathering mission, to gather environmental and sustainability practitioners together, weaves together the disparate strands of the Green or Transition movement for a festival of discussion, exhibition, presentation and performance.
The Green Gathering as an event, promotes and platforms sustainable Green lifestyles through the use and exhibitions of renewable energy and their applications, discussion of environmental issues and inter-active workshops on educational, theoretical and practical themes.
Green Gathering content is lifestyle and issue themed,
with content areas outlined below
The Transition Area is a first for the green event industry and contains the primary themes of the educational content of the event. As an education and exhibition area the content will include environmental, sustainability, transition and environmental projects, groups, charities and campaigns.
A Green Forum venue is a traditional event focus, for prominent speakers and discussion.
Transition issues for communities, will include permaculture, food & farming & exhibitions, often practical, with a DIY and local initiative focus on sustainable lifestyles and small practical steps that together make a big difference.
Food & farming; focuses on issues of organic, fair-trade and sustainable production with local sourcing where possible. Issues of contemporary supply chains and consumption patterns are
discussed in the context of climate change and ‘peak-oil’.
With the growing realisation that current food production and consumption is unsustainable, this is a platform for considering the changes that will need to be made to respond to the issues of climate change.
With an emerging consensus that a sustainable future must invest in local production and diversity, Transition groups are actively looking at the issues of practical implementation and appropriate structures.
The event has an ethical trading policy incorporating fair-trade sustainable and local sourcing and encourages all participants to incorporate this, wherever possible.
All potential traders are required to accept and respond to criteria to encourage such practice, as a part of pitch acceptance conditions. Many of the caterers and produce merchants further ensure their sources are verifiably organic and/or sustainable as part of their respective missions.
This area will focus on Green business & innovations including commercial exhibitions, and will exhibit and promote alternative and sustainable technology including IT & communications.
Green Gatherings have a dedicated area for alternative therapies and holistic healing. All practioners screened by our experienced co ordinator for appropriate qualifications and insurance.
A popular area involving exhibitions and discussions across a broad range of New Age and ‘earth mystery’ themes.
Showcase platform for all aspects of sustainable crafts. Exhibition & renewal of ancient artisan skills, inter-active workshops with wood, stone & pottery crafts and appropriate craft produce stalls.
GAMA has been a development over a number of events to facilitate the enjoyment of open-air festivals for those with mobility and disability issues.
Provision for Childrens Area & Teens, compliant with specialist requirements.
(Please remember that the kids’ area is not a crèche and children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.)
Entertainment is also an important factor in the Green Gathering mix of activities. Performance of music, theatre & street theatre are scheduled at venues across the event site as a ‘village’ format, rather than ‘arena’ show.
All performances have the requirement of being powered from renewable energy sources on-site.