Sustainability

East Finchley Festival CIC is committed to ensuring that the festival is as environmentally sustainable as possible.

Our goal is to reduce the festival’s carbon footprint and environmental impact incrementally each year. In this endeavour we seek to engage the local community and prioritise stallholders and vendors at the event who are committed to assisting us in making the festival as sustainable as possible.

Since taking over the management of East Finchley Festival in 2019 we have taken the following steps:

  • We do not have powered rides, and do not supply power to vendors.
  • We do not allow the use, sale or giveaway of foil or plastic balloons, glitter, slime, plastic toys or promotional items, polystyrene or single-use plastics of any sort, or the sale or giveaway of items containing helium, propellants or batteries.
  • Our vendors must use vegware cups and food packaging, which is compostable in regular rubbish.
  • There is a bottle refill station on site in Cherry Tree Wood and attendees are emcouraged to bring re-usable bottles.
  • We replaced our diesel generators with an HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) powered generator for the main stage and a solar array/battery combo for the community stage.
  • Through carbon offsetting, we are now certified carbon neutral.

As part of our commitment to sustainability, we carry out a yearly audit, which you can view below.


East Finchley Festival is taking part in Barnet Climate Action Month and London Climate Action Week 2024.

Along with our regular eco-arts tent, upcycling workshops and free bicycle check-ups, you’ll find dozens of stalls championing recycling, up-cycling, plant-based products and sustainable initiatives.

Find out about other events taking place in the Borough of Barnet here


Stallholders environmental impact survey