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Around 2m tent pegs will be handed out
Glastonbury introduces environmentally friendly tent pegs
Environmentally friendly tent pegs are to be handed out at Glastonbury Festival this year in order to protect the cows.
Glastonbury Festival has always been eco-friendly. Right from the early festivals in the 80s, the festival has been aware of its impact on the environment. In fact some of the main benefactors are Greenpeace and Wateraid who receive charitable donations in the millions.
This year Michael Eavis and co have taken their environmental practices one step further by introducing eco friendly tent pegs.
Currently the metal pegs which are left in the ground each year can be extremely dangerous to Worthy Farm's main inhabitants- the cows- as they get caught up in the machine which makes the silage for their food.
"It just kills the cows because they're so sharp and nasty. It mightn't kill the cow until a year later but we've lost lots and lots of cows over the years and I can't believe I haven't thought of this before," said Michael.
The pegs are derived from wheat and potatoes and rot within three of four months. The organisers and Millets will give away 1m pegs at a cost of £70k.
Michael also used the opportunity to thank Radiohead's lead singer Thom Yorke for clearing up the misunderstanding over the festival's transport policies.
"Apparently The Sun said he wouldn't play because of a lack of transport policy which is totally untrue," said Michael.
Thom Yorke set the record straight on his website
On Radiohead's website, Thom said the band were trying to encourage concerts goers to be more environmentally aware in terms of how they travel to their concerts.
"I also mentioned that we were not playing Glastonbury this year but were doing our own shows in London.
"Not because of transport issues but because the festival goers at Glastonbury were more than likely sick of the sight of us.. it felt a little early to be doing it again, we felt as if we had only just played there" wrote Thom.
Michael wrote to him and informed him of the festival's transport policy which involves around a third travelling by public transport, to which Thom replied: "To be honest its pretty impressive. They have obviously been busting a gut about it. I wish more people were thinking as hard as them."
last updated: 14/03/2008 at 10:01