Press Release

12th Nov 2019

Green Scythe Fair AGM Announces 2020 event date

The Green Scythe Fair celebrated the success of the 2019 event at their AGM last week with news it will return next year on Sunday 14th June, continuing with this year’s exciting changes, from discounted advance ticket sales and a bigger and better site layout, to Green Craft workshops on Saturday and the new dedicated bus service from Taunton and Yeovil.


New partnership with Land Workers Alliance
The event planning for 2020 has already started! Besides improving and refining the changes we introduced last year, we will be expanding the rural and land based skills and workshops in partnership with the Land Workers Alliance.


Driving 1.5 times round the Earth to get to the Fair
As we strive to reduce the impact of the Green Scythe Fair, the biggest environmental impact is from those driving to the event. We hope that the visitors next year help us by taking up the bus service, lift sharing and cycle or walk if they live locally. It is estimated that visitors coming to the event in cars drive the accumulated equivalent of 1.5 times around the circumference of the planet. So please think about how you can help reduce this for next year's event! Keep an eye on our website for details of the bus service, plan how to cycle, walk or lift share –  see our website page: www.greenfair.org.uk/getting-there for details.


First woman overall Scything Champion
The scything competition winner and overall champion was won by Andi Rickard, a first for the championship to be won by a woman for the fastest and best quality cut with a scythe. Congratulations to Andi and all the competitors. For full results see scytheassociation.org/green-scythe-fair-championship-results-2019


This year the stalls new layout around the willows enabled better visibility of the world famous scything championship and this new stalls area went down really well, featuring even more stalls focussed on the green and environmental ethos, to educate and inspire us tall to get to zero carbon before 2030 to prevent run away climate change.

 

Green Community Grants – open for application
Due to the success of the event with a record number of visitors this year, we have been able to build up a community fund which is now open for applications from local sustainable/environmental projects. For details of the criteria and how to apply please see our website page: www.greenfair.org.uk/grants.  Deadline for applications is 31st December 2019.


It’s volunteers who make the Fair and we always need more.
We're looking forward to seeing you on the 14th June 2020! We want to thank all the volunteers, entertainers, stall-holders and visitors who made 2019 GSF the most successful ever, and to Thorney Lakes Caravan and Camping for hosting our event in their wonderful setting on the Somerset Levels.


Would you like to join the team?  Please sign up as a volunteer and help put on this fabulous event – just email volunteer@greenfair.org.uk.  Volunteers have free entry and a free drink for 2 hours volunteering, plus a free meal for 4 hours volunteering.


Sunday 14h June – put the date in your diary now and start planning how you will get there: foot, cycle, canoe, electric vehicle or last resort by fossil fuel – it’s “probably the most enjoyable and authentic country fair in all England!”

Notes
The Green Scythe Fair is held at Thorney Lakes, Muchelney, TA10 0DW on Sunday 14th June 2020, open from 11am.

 

For more information, see greenfair.org.uk (for camping, see thorneylakes.co.uk). 

 

Or please contact for additional press info:
Francis Blake, chair, on 07973 955429.
Cara Naden, PR 07771 561398

 

The Green Scythe Fair experience should start with your journey to get there: It is a ‘Green’ Fair and visitors are asked to minimise their carbon footprint. Most of the day's carbon emissions come from visitors’ cars. The message is, if you can, please come by foot, bicycle, bus or boat on the nearby River Parrett or make sure you car-share. For ramblers and cyclists information routes are already on www.greenfair.org.uk/getting-there
 

22nd May 2019

Green Scythe Fair New Changes for 2019

The Green Scythe Fair returns this year with some new and exciting changes from pre tickets to a new site layout to, here are some of the details:

 

The introduction of pre-purchased tickets available on-line & from local outlets to help reduce the pressure on the entrance at peak times. To get your tickets now before they sell out, go to www.greenfair.org.uk £6 per person plus £12 per fossil-fuelled vehicle. 

To help reduce car use, on the ticketing website you can also book a bus ticket for only £2.50 return to get to the fair from Taunton calling at Wrantage, Curry Rivel and Langport and from Yeovil Pen Mill calling at Yeovil Junction, Montacute, Stoke sub Hamdon and Martock. And of course we hope you continue to come by bicycle or walking if you are local. Bicycle MOTs are available for those who come by pedal power to give advice on how to service and maintain your trusty bicycle.

Also this year the stalls will be in a new layout around the willows and the world famous scything championship area and are even more focussed on green and environmental persuasion, to educate and inspire us to get to zero carbon before 2030 to prevent run away climate change.The 2pm debate this year is "Surviving extinction - 11 years to stop runaway climate change?"and there will be workshops run by the local Extinction Rebellion group and environmental organisations. 

There will of course be the popular stalls of hand tools and green crafts, and food and refreshments will be provided by ethical, local producers and traders. This year we are excited to present some fantastic new stalls, as well as our favourite stalls that you know and love. Somerton charity ACEarts have teamed up with Bristol Pedal Revolution to create a hands-on stall for children and adults alike to create art on the day, and promote creative projects focusing on community health and wellbeing.

On Saturday 8th some of the rural craft stalls are offering short workshops. For details see  www.greenfair.org.uk/saturday-courses.

 

In the food department, we are hosting 'Fire Truck'. Lead by former River Cottage head chef Sam Rom, Fire Truck serve up sustainable, plant heavy dishes with veg from their own kitchen garden and conscientiously sourced meats from Devon's best suppliers. And the Pitney Farm café are taking over running our yummy canteen serving local, fresh, sustainable plates.

As the Green Scythe Fair continues to aim for minimal environmental impact, we are askingvisitors to bring their own reusable plates, cups & cutlery to help achieve zero waste created at the event.

There will of course be plenty of eco entertainment and activities in the Green Kidz area, from facepainting to stonecarving. We are delighted that High Ham Eco warriors are coming to the Green Kidz area this year. This group of highly motivated children from High Ham primary school will be displaying information about the recycling projects they are running in school, from batteries and toothpaste tubes to crisp packets and tetrapak. They will also be running an ‘Ecobrick' workshop helping to take non recyclable plastic out of the environment that risks ending up in the soils and oceans. These plucky a children will show you how to do it at their stall and at 2.30pm Tom White will be giving a talk all about it. More info about Ecobricks check out: www.ecobricks.org.

We have replaced our Raffle with a new Environmental  Solutions  Quiz! with fantastic prizes to be won including an Austrian Scythe!   Only £1 to enter! Find the hidden answers by searching around the Green Scythe Site and come up with your own Ideas on how to help save the planet from destruction we are causing.

All this plus two music stages powered by the sun and wind, green workshops, demonstrations and more- all to entertain, sustain and inform. We're looking forward to seeing you there.

It’s volunteers who make the Fair and there is always need for more.  Would you like to join the team?  Please sign up as a volunteer and help put on this fabulous event – just email volunteer@greenfair.org.uk  Volunteers havefree entry and a free drink for 2 hours volunteering, plus a free meal for 4 hours volunteering. 

Sunday 9h June- worth putting the date in your diary now and start planning how you will get there: foot, cycle, canoe, electric vehicle or last resort by fossil fuel – it’s “probably the most enjoyable and authentic country fair in all England!” 

Notes

The Green Scythe Fair is held at Thorney Lakes, Muchelney, TA10 0DW on Sunday 9thJune, open from 11am. For more information, see www.greenfair.org.uk (for camping, see thorneylakes.co.uk)  Or please contact for additional press info:

Francis Blake, chair, on 07973 955429.

The Green Scythe Fair debate this year is aptly about the IPCC report www.ipcc.ch/sr15/which states there's less than 11 years to stop run away climate change with speakers from Somerset County Council, Population Matters and Extinction Rebellion.

The Green Scythe Fair experience should start with your journey to get there: It is a ‘Green’ Fair and visitors are asked to minimise their carbon footprint. Most of the day's carbon emissions come from visitors’ cars. The message is, if you can, please come by foot, bicycle, bus or boat on the nearby River Parrett or make sure you car-share. For ramblers and cyclists information routes are already on www.greenfair.org.uk/getting-there

Entry charges are: £6 per person plus£12 per fossil-fuelled vehicle. (In advance www.greenfair.org.uk/tickets:)

9th April 2019

Green Scythe Fair goes even more green for 2019

The Green Scythe Fair returns this year on Sunday 9th June, when the grass is at its lushest and the scythes will be peened to perfection for the 2019 Southwest Scything Championships. 

This year there will be some new and exciting changes such as:

  • The introduction of pre-purchased tickets available on-line & from local outlets to help reduce the pressure on the entrance at peak times. To get your tickets now before they sell out, go to www.greenfair.org.uk

  • Also this year the stalls will be even more focussed on green and environmental persuasion, education and inspiration to help us all get to zero carbon before 2030 to prevent run away climate change. There will also be the popular stalls of hand tools and green crafts, and food and refreshments will be provided by ethical, local producers and traders; 

  • As the Green Scythe Fair continues to aim for minimal environmental impact, we are asking visitors to bring their own reusable plates, cups & cutlery to help achieve zero waste created at the event;

  • There will of course be plenty of eco entertainment in the Green Kidz area, two music stages powered by the sun and wind, green workshops, demonstrations and more- all to entertain, sustain and inform.

It’s volunteers who make the Fair and there is always need for more. Would you like to join the team? Please sign up as a volunteer and help put on this fabulous event – just email volunteer@greenfair.org.ukVolunteers havefree entry and a free drink for 2 hours volunteering, plus a free meal for 4 hours volunteering. 

Sunday 9th June – worth putting the date in your diary now and start planning how you will get there: foot, cycle, canoe, electric vehicle or last resort by fossil fuel – it’s “probably the most enjoyable and authentic country fair in all England!” 

Notes

  1. The Green Scythe Fair is held at Thorney Lakes, Muchelney, TA10 0DW on Sunday 9th June, open from 11am. For more information, see greenfair.org.uk (for camping, see thorneylakes.co.uk) Or please contact for additional press info: Francis Blake, chair, on 07973 955429.

 

  1. The Green Scythe Fair debate this year is aptly about the IPCC report www.ipcc.ch/sr15/ which states there's less than 11 years to stop run away climate change with speakers from Somerset County Council, Population Matters and Extinction Rebellion.

 

  1. The Green Scythe Fair experience should start with your journey to get there: It is a ‘Green’ Fair and visitors are asked to minimise their carbon footprint. Most of the day's carbon emissions come from visitors’ cars. The message is, if you can, please come by foot, bicycle, or boat on the nearby River Parrett or make sure you car-share. For ramblers and cyclists information routes are already on www.greenfair.org.uk/getting-there

 

  1. Entry charges are:

In advance www.greenfair.org.uk/tickets: £6 per person plus £12 per fossil-fuelled vehicle. 

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