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Family festival wins £2,500 Grass Roots Bursary

Elderflower Fields, in Winnie-the-Pooh country in East Sussex, will receive the money towards wristbands and accreditation materials ahead of the festival this weekend

By IQ on 23 May 2016

Elderflower Fields 2015

Music at Elderflower Fields 2015

Elderflower Fields, an independent, family friendly event held in Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, has won ID&C’s sixth Grass Roots Festival Bursary, earning £2,500 towards its wristband and accreditation requirements.

This year’s bursary scheme launched in March and was open to any British festival that has operated for eight years or less and has an overall attendance of fewer than 15,000 people.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us,” says Elderflower Fields organiser Stewart Balkham. “Not only does it enable money to be invested in other areas of the festival, but the ability to upgrade our wristbands will undoubtedly improve security too.

“It really feels like the icing on the cake for us to be able to provide customers and crew with lovely fabric wristbands, adding a touch of quality to festivalgoers’ experience.”

“Elderflower Fields’ dedication to the community and environment is second to none”

ID&C director Matt Wilkey adds: “It’s been a tough decision. Reading through all the applications we are filled with nothing but admiration of the dedication and hard work that goes in to making these wonderful events.

“Elderflower Fields’ dedication to the community and environment is second to none: green energy, reusable cups, local suppliers and most notably teaming up with The Real Junk Food Project [to save] unused food from landfill.”

This year’s Elderflower Fields, the fifth, features music from the London Afrobeat Collective, Resonators and beatboxer Shlomo and over 40 activities for children, and will take place this weekend (27–30 May) at Pippinford Park in Winnie-the-Pooh’s home, Ashdown Forest.

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