Since 1992, the WOMADelaide Foundation has had the privilege of hiring Botanic Park from the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide, which purchased the land for the park in 1866. The Park is a magnificent 34-hectare arboretum of several hundred trees, some of which are over a century old, vast lawns and endangered flora.
WOMADelaide takes great pride in doing as much as possible to protect the Park (extreme weather conditions notwithstanding) and to return Botanic Park back to the Gardens in near-perfect condition. In 2013, WOMADelaide was proudly the Winner of the Partnerships Project in the Premier's Natural Resources Management Award for our relationship with Greening Australia.
To reduce reliance on plastic products, and remove single-use plastic items from being sold at the festival, we have taken the following steps.
WOMADelaide instituted the use of fully compostable cups at all bars in 2014. In 2018, the festival moved to re-usable cups and bottles to engage in circular economy practices. This will continue in 2019.
Each cup is re-used as much as possible and collected at the end of the event to be used at the next festival, as we try to move further towards a waste-free, circular economy.
WOMADelaide strives to be a completely zero waste-to-landfill festival, currently diverting 98% of all waste away from landfill.
This means all plates, cutlery, serviettes and any items sold in packaging at WOMADelaide are fully compostable or recyclable and segmented bins will be present throughout the park.
Sustainable waste management is an important part of the festival’s operating considerations with WOMADelaide’s waste management program being coordinated by Australian Green Clean, market leaders in the delivery of high quality and environmentally sustainable cleaning and waste management. Working in partnership with SITA and Jeffries, Australian Green Clean provides a ‘zero waste’ solution to WOMADelaide by diverting waste away from landfill and into a sustainable pathway.
All organic waste generated at WOMADelaide is mulched by Jeffries, treated for composting and delivered back to and used by the Botanic Gardens. Jeffries provides this mulch free of charge.
Importantly, Australian Green Clean are also helping to educate the WOMADelaide volunteer Green Team on our waste management pathways and reclamation efforts with guided tours of their processing facilities. The Green Team will then be on hand throughout the festival to help educate and direct patrons on WOMADelaide’s waste streams and recycling efforts.
We have been investigating alternatives to disposable cable ties, with a number of new methods being trialled and implemented at WOMADelaide 2019. Read more HERE.
Greening Australia | The WOMADelaide Forest (s)
Australia's largest environmental organisation, Greening Australia works with WOMADelaide to offset the ecological footprint of the festival, with $2 from every WOMADelaide ticket purchased invested in native biodiverse tree plantings.
Greening Australia with the support of Canopy, has been growing the WOMADelaide Forest on land in regional South Australia, around 5km from Langhorne Creek, near the Coorong and Lower Lakes. The WOMADelaide Forest is home to many rare and threatened bird species including the Hooded Robin and Diamond Firetail. In 2008, 17 species of bird were recorded and by 2014 this number had grown to 70 species.
More than 70,000 native trees have been planted across 65 hectares, offsetting to date 16,250 tonnes of carbon emissions. The plantings include species of:
- Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha)
- Wallowa (Acacia calamifolia)
- Sticky Hopbush (Dodonaea viscosa ssp. spatulata)
Photo point progression of the WOMADelaide forest site:
All species chosen are local provenance stock grown using locally sourced seed ensuring the genetic diversity of the site is maintained. Greening Australia provides ongoing management of the site to ensure the plants are maintained, and replacing any failing seedlings ensures the carbon offset is secure.
All plantings and revegetation use locally collected seed from remnant native mallee vegetation, thereby building biodiversity in the region. Planting is undertaken in accordance with the Interim Australian Standards for Carbon Accounting for Greenhouse Sinks – Afforestation and Reforestation AS 4978. Greening Australia’s plantings for this project are Kyoto Protocol compliant and are registered on the land title, further ensuring that the carbon offset will be permanently secure.
This site is located approximately 5 km from Langhorne Creek in the Coorong and Lower Lakes region of South Australia on private property. The property has previously been utilised for farming practices.
Ferries-McDonald Conservation Park is approximately 5 km to the north-east while the Bremer River flows into Lake Alexandrina 14.5 km to the south. The site will act as a ‘stepping-stone’ between Ferries-McDonald Conservation Park and the Bremer River, providing a bush corridor for native fauna and flora species.
We are all responsible for contributing to climate change, and you too can play a role in the solution ... offset some or all of the carbon dioxide produced by you or your organisation with plantings managed by Greening Australia.
To find out more about how you can reduce your ecological footprint visit www.greeningaustralia.org.au.
WOMADelaide encourages patrons attending the event to ride a bike. The festival offers staffed bike parks at each of the main entrances to accommodate more than 700 bikes.
Don't Park Your Butt in the Park!
In keeping with the South Australian Government health regulations introduced on 1 July 2016 which ban smoking from all outdoor dining areas, WOMADelaide will be a smoke-free event as of 2017. Festival goers wishing to smoke will be able to do so in 2 designated smoking areas near the Frome and Hackney Road entrances. Please ensure you dispose of your cigarette butts appropriately in the butt bins provided by KESAB in these areas.
Help Us Look After The Park
Botanic Park is the ‘green heart’ of Adelaide – 34 hectares of century old trees, vast lawns and endangered flora. WOMADelaide is in the enviable position of having the privilege to stage the festival on these grounds.
Please do not climb on the trees, hang anything from the branches or damage other flora.