In 2006 we started the Greenprint Project, and for twelve years, Hay Festival has been engaged in a programme of managing and mitigating its environmental impact through Hay on Earth.

trees on the festival site

Since 2006 we have focused on three key areas:

  • our own direct impacts
  • the impacts of our audience
  • programming of events that will stimulate debate and discussion about key issues in the sustainable development and environmental agenda

Over the last 31 years, the Festival audience has grown from 1,000 people in Hay to 250,000 visitors globally each year. We are aware of the impact we have on the environment.

Hay Festival is continuing to develop the ideas and practices we've been working on in the field of sustainability and we want to collaborate and work as widely as possible to share best practice. This website is dedicated to furthering those aims.

We are actively looking for organisations, public bodies and individuals who can help us achieve our objectives. If you would like to find out more, please contact