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Sustainability Information

Environmental Impact

Hyde Park is one of London’s most historic green spaces, its 350 acres are home to a variety of species of flora and fauna. Ancient trees, songbirds, wildfowl, wildflowers and butterflies are its regular inhabitants, we are merely visitors. Since 1968 it has been a venue for iconic bands including Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones and we want to hold events that respect and preserve the park to continue its enjoyment for many years to come.

We work very closely with Julie’s Bicycle, a charity working on sustainability in the creative industries and participate in their Creative Green Certification. This is an external assessment of our understanding, commitment and improvement towards environmental sustainability.

In 2018, Proms in the Park was awarded 4 out of 5 stars, an increase from 1 star the previous year. Thank you to everyone who participated in our green initiatives to help us achieve this amazing accolade. We could not have done it without everyone’s involvement and want to continue to work with you to keep Hyde Park clean and green.

Visit Julie’s Bicycle for more information.

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Travel

Transport represents the biggest environmental impact at music festivals and is the reason why we ask you to think about the best way to travel to minimise your carbon footprint.

London has an excellent public transport system so is highly recommended for use to get to the event. Marble Arch (Central Line) is at the north end of the site and Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line) is at the south end of the site. Knightsbridge, Victoria, Bond Street and Green Park (the closest step-free underground station) are a short walk to the event site. It is always advisable to check TFL journey planner for the latest public travel and transport information. This year we would like to find out how you travel to the event so we can accurately access our collective carbon footprint. Look out for the questionnaire after the event.

Waste Strategy

Last year none of the waste at Proms in the Park went to landfill, which is good news, but it means that the residual waste went to Energy from Waste that creates energy for homes but also generates emissions. It is therefore really important to minimise waste, recycle and compost wherever possible. Last year 38% of our waste was recycled or composted and we are aiming for even more this year and we need your help! We limit the materials that our food traders and caterers can bring to the event and we ask you to do the same when making your picnic choices by bringing reusable items rather than single use plastic.

Single Use Plastic

We have banned the use of single use plastic serve-ware from our caterers and traders since 2010 and everything that your food comes is made from renewable resources. There will be no plastic straws at the festival, only paper ones for people who need to use them. There will be visible taps available for you to refill your water bottles so please bring your own to refill.

Paper Cup Deposit

Every paper cup at the festival includes a 10p deposit on it to encourage its return to our cup return station. Minimum 10 for £1. This will ensure they are in one place so we can collect them to send to a specialist recycling facility.

Three Bin System

Every bin station at Proms in the Park is made up of three bins, so please separate your rubbish into one of the following waste streams;

Compostable- Food scraps, paper plates and bowls, paper coffee cups, wooden cutlery, napkins and chip cartons – all can go in this bin. Please make sure NO PLASTIC goes into this bin as otherwise the whole load may be rejected.

Recycling- Plastic bottles, aluminium cans, newspapers, magazines, dry cardboard. Please make sure NO FOOD WASTE / COMPOSTABLES goes into this bin as it can contaminate the recycling. This includes greasy pizza boxes please put in the compostable bin.

General Waste- This should be minimal - crisp packets, coffee cup lids, plastic shopping bags, baby wipes and textiles.