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Pioneering solar-powered festival scoops Highly Commended award for the second year running

Croissant Neuf Summer Party has been recognised for its green credentials by Green Parent and has received a Highly Commended award in the Green Parent Festival Awards 2012.

This is the second time Croissant Neuf Summer Party has received a Highly Commended Award from Green Parent Magazine and it is added to an ever-expanding list of accolades for the family-friendly festival who take green ethics  very much to heart.

Melissa Corkhill, editor of Green Parent, explains the decision

We have spent the last few months trawling through environmental policies, speaking to organisers and listening to our reader's opinions on UK festivals. It was a tough job selecting the best green festivals, but Croissant Neuf shone through on so many counts - we are extremely impressed with the holistic approach you take to environmental issues.

The 2500 capacity festival is run entirely on solar and wind power and constantly produces new initiatives to make the event as sustainable as possible. The strategy for 2011 was so effective the festival received a carbon negative status in their environmental audit. The CNSP team have run a solar-powered festival venue for the past 25 years and put their wealth of knowledge and experience to use developing new approaches to keep an event of such scale sustainable.

Luke Howell, Festival Director explains

Each year at CNSP we aim to improve on our levels of sustainability and it is always honour to be recognised for it- especially by Green Parent as we aim to create a green, exciting but safe experience for the whole family. We're not resting on our laurels either, we've got some exciting plans afoot (no pun intended!) on making travel to the site greener- so stay posted on our new cycling and car sharing schemes.

CNSP offers a bucket load of fun alongside its green outlook and boasts a bulging programme of live music, workshops, Sports Academy fixtures, circus skills and shows, games, crafts and treatments in the healing area. This, plus the sustainable green outlook and attention to detail that the organisers display is the reason for the festivals growing recognition and success.

For images, further information or to arrange an interview please contact Ali Campbell: or 07929 717 731

Notes for editors:

Croissant Neuf Summer Party (CNSP)was founded in 2007 by Croissant Neuf, the team who have run the solar-powered Big Top at the heart of Glastonbury Festival's Greenfields for the past 25 years.

The festival takes place on a stunning site in Usk, Monmouthshire that incorporates an Iron Age hill fort.

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Previous awards the festival has won include
Green Parent Highly Commended Award 2011
People and Environment Award (PEA) 2011 in the Arts and Music Category
A  Greener Festival 2012 Outstanding
A Greener Festival 2011 Outstanding and Overall Winner

A Greener Festival 2010 outstanding and Overall Winner

Winner Marketing and Sustainable Festivals Award 2009

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