UK: Festival Republic called Midas into Blondin Park, Ealing in December, to provide power for the first Plant to the Beat, a Trees for Cities initiative.
More than 200 volunteers met the challenge of planting a mixture of 10,000 trees in a day, sewing the seeds for biodiversity in Ealing, and Midas provided for Festival Republic’s ‘Beat’.
The ‘woodland village’ featured a stage for a choir, drummers and DJs, along with structures providing participants with free vegetarian food, hot drinks and arts facilities for children.
Laura Pando, Festival Republic’s Sustainability Co-Ordinator, said: “We worked with Trees for Cities to make Plant to the Beat a sustainable event and Midas’ commitment to 100 per cent biodiesel was a perfect fit.”
Buoyed by their Ealing success, Trees for Cities / Festival Republic have big ambitions for the event, in multiple cities, planting thousands more trees in the process.
Set up as Trees for London in 1993, independent charity Trees for Cities’ aim is to create social cohesion and beautify cities through tree planting, community-led design, education and training initiatives in urban areas that need it most.