Think Global Act Local – Get involved with Nottingham Green Festival

The Nottingham Green Festival is organised by grassroots community-based volunteers and is in its 27th year. This year it will be held on 15th September in the Arboretum, with at least 5,000 visitors expected to attend. It promotes ethical standards around sustainability, the environment, human rights, and animal rights. As a community-based group, the festival could not happen without the hard work and dedication of volunteers.

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There are some exciting opportunities for students and staff at NTU to get involved in the organising, running or speaking at the event. Please see below for more information about the specific ways you can get involved.

Organiser roles

Nottingham Green Festival is seeking volunteers to help organise the event, related events and to join the committee. The team is especially looking for help with social media, contacting the media, graphic design, fundraising events, contacting sponsors and distributing publicity. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate and hone existing skills, learn new ones and gain valuable experience.


The festival team is looking for informed speakers to give short introductory talks that will engage the public; approximately twenty minutes in length. They are particularly interested in debates or talks around ‘Sustainable growth or degrowth’, ‘Creating the political will for an effective response to the global crisis’, ‘Techno-fixes; what is possible and what is not’ and ‘Brexit, sustainability and resilience’.

Event Volunteers

Nottingham Green Festival is seeking Stewards, Welcome, Recycling and Refreshment Volunteers to help at the festival on the day. All these roles are the public face of the Nottingham Green Festival. These important positions provide volunteers with the opportunity to gain experience in customer service, promotions, and event operations.

Just some of the ways you could benefit from one of these volunteering opportunities:

  • Join a small and friendly team
  • Work in a beautiful place and historical surroundings
  • Meet new people
  • Learn new skills
  • Help us to shape our future
  • Take part in an exciting project
  • Use their skills to benefit a local community group
  • Be part of the team raising awareness about ecological issues, human rights and animal rights

If you are interested in one of these roles or would like to find out more get in touch with the festival organisers before 31st May 2019.


-This blog post was written by Ellie Lewis the Sustainable Development Projects Officer in the Sustainable Development Team at NTU. Many thanks from the NTU Green Academy! 

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