Now that the Morecambe Carnival is established and has shown its worth to the local economy (over £3 million last year), the organisers recognise that bringing 55,000 people together over a weekend in August has an inherent environmental footprint which needs to be managed.
Organiser Carla Brayshaw of Aqua Engineering said “we already have a strong focus on social and economic benefits for the area and now want to tackle the environmental issues associated with our event.”
This year the Carnival Committee wants to introduce a ‘Trees ‘n’ Bees’ theme not only to raise awareness of the importance of trees to the environment and the plight of diminishing bee populations, but to start to create a Carnival Wildlife Woodland which will grow in size each year. “This will go towards offsetting the environmental footprint of the event and will be a wonderful legacy for the Town, for our children, grandchildren and future generations” said Carla.
People will be able to ‘buy’ trees for £1 each at the event plus the organisers are introducing a voluntary ‘green levy’ for businesses that benefit from the event to purchase a number of trees after the Carnival (minimum 10 trees = £10, no maximum).
Working in conjunction with sponsor and partner Oakstone Environmental Consulting they aim to begin working towards British Standard (BS 8901) Sustainable Event Management accreditation. Oakstone owner and consultant Ian Hughes says “We want to engage with the community to achieve this and we need some help from them.” They are particularly interested in hearing from the artistic and crafting communities and will be talking to local schools in due course. Any pledges of volunteer support, business sponsorship or tree purchases (no money taken at this point) can be made to Ian on 01524 409606 or .
“We are really excited about this project, this area is very special environmentally and we hope that the public will be very supportive” said Carla.
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