Taste Bedford goes green

Each year, we aim to increase Taste Bedford’s eco credentials by working closely with the Borough Council, our sponsors and our traders to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

We’re welcoming Bedfordshire Climate Change Forum (BCCF) to the festival this year. BCCF is a well-established local campaign group and educational forum which works to help improve the local environment and help the county play its part in facing up to the climate crisis.

“We work with local authorities, charities, local residents, businesses, schools, universities and community groups to further these aims,” said Cllr Lucy Bywater and BCCF member.

“We hold monthly film screenings, talks and events with a variety of experts on environmental themes. Topics range from biodiversity and agricultural to zero waste, electric cars, renewable energy and plastics in the environment. New ideas always welcome too!”

BCCF are non-party political, and warmly welcome new members. Membership is free and open to all. Apart from a break in August, their events are held the second Wednesday of each month at the University of Bedfordshire’s Polhill Avenue campus.

Taste Bedford’s eco commitment

This year, our headline sponsor, Wells & Co will be serving their beer in biodegradable cups, we’ve requested that none of our traders sell water in single-use plastic bottles and we’ve installed cycle racks on the site so visitors don’t need to drive to Mill Meadows and can lock their bikes nearby.

Lock up your bikes. Temporary bike rack thanks to Merlin Scaffolding 01908 522252

Visitors can do their bit too. Here are our top tips:

1. Bring your own water bottles. We’ll have drinking water standpipes that you can use to fill up and stay hydrated.
2. Bring your own cutlery & napkins. Rather than using disposable options, BYO. It’s much more civilised and you’ll feel super-smug about saving the environment.
3. Recycle, recycle, recycle. We’ll have volunteers on hand with orange sacks, so please take one for any of your recyclable rubbish.
4. Dispose of non-recyclable rubbish responsibly. We have a limited number of refuse bins, so if they look full we’d be really grateful if you could take your rubbish home, or find another nearby bin to put it in.
5. Leave the car at home. Mill Meadows is easily accessible on foot from the train and bus station.
6. If you’re cycling, you can lock up your bikes to our popup bike racks on site.
7. Keep Bedford tidy. If you see litter left by other less-virtuous visitors, please pick it up.

You can find more information on BCCF on Twitter: @bedsccf, their website and Facebook