Bramham ups its green credentials

Ahead of this year’s Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials, 6 – 9 June, the organising team have put in some innovative measures as part of the collective responsibility we all share towards the environment. 2019 will be the ‘greenest’ Bramham ever in its 46 year history.

Single use plastic is first on the agenda. Working with the organisers behind the Leeds Festival, held annually at Bramham Park in August, a new supplier of bottled water for the concession stands and hospitality marquees has been sourced. Eco For LifeTM produces biodegradable plastic free bottles which can go into general waste or compost. Made from PLA, an organic compound made from dextrose derived from field corn, the bottles are chemical and toxin free – they’re even printed with vegetable ink. The water they contain is produced from natural springs near Tunbridge Wells in Kent. In industrial facilities, the bottles will decompose in around six months or in a well-managed home compost heap in 12 – 24 months.

Our concession outlets and catering suppliers, MPM Catering and Hughes Caterers have agreed not to use single use plastics like cutlery, straws and stirrers and to swap for more eco-friendly options.

Our waste partners Wetherby Skip Services Ltd are fully committed to 0% of the event’s rubbish going into land fill. Their dedicated team work hard throughout the event to keep the park litter free. All rubbish collected will be taken to their depot and sorted by hand. Recyclables will be taken for processing while everything else will head to Yorkshire’s Amey processing plant at Allerton Park, just 20 miles away, to create energy from waste. Since opening a year ago, the plant has reduced landfill in the region by 90% and regularly produces enough power for 40,000 homes. So the waste from the event will be put to good use.

We’re proud to have Land Rover as our official vehicle suppliers at the event for over two decades and they’ll also be helping in the bid to reduce the environmental impact. A number of the loan cars supplied this year will be lower CO2 emission plug-in hybrids which combine an electric motor alongside the traditional engine.

Event Director Nicholas Pritchard commented; “I’m privileged to work every day in this beautiful historic landscape and am passionate about preserving it so generations to come will be able to enjoy it as we have. All of us have a duty to look after the environment and if we all make a few changes, collectively there will be a positive impact. All our suppliers have been fantastic in helping to achieve our aim to reduce the environmental impact of the event; this is just a start and we’ll continue year on year with any changes which will help.”

The Bramham Box Office is still open for advanced bookings at reduced rates but hurry, the box office closes on 2 June. General admission tickets start at £12 if you book ahead – under 12s go free with a paying adult and there are great discounts to be had on car parking.  You can book on line at www.bramham-horse.co.uk where it’s quick, easy and secure.

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Bramham Press Contact: Winnie Murphy – winsome22@live.co.uk or 07967 186556.