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How we grow

Stemming from the fact that nearly 80% of plants in UK gardens originate overseas, PoliNations uses the garden as a metaphor for how different people, with different stories, can unite in celebration.

This core idea gave the participation team a challenge; we wanted to engage lots of different people around Birmingham in one uniting activity. The answer was obvious: PoliNations had to be literally co-grown by people across the city. Read about our community co-growing project.

Our plants have been sourced and grown in the UK to reduce emissions from transport and we linked up with Simon Needle of Birmingham City Council and the Birmingham Tree Project to donate plants to the city after the event. Read about the Birmingham Tree Project

The plants have been sourced from 3 nurseries - Wyevale Nurseries, Palmstead Nurseries and Kelways Nurseries, read more about them below. 


Read about the nurseries here.
Female face with red roses growing from behind

How we power

Up to 70% of carbon emissions at festivals come from power generation. We’re powering our stages, lighting, sound and backstage areas by plugging straight into the mains electricity with Birmingham City Council who use 100% renewable power. That means no diesel guzzling polluting noisy generators on site at all!

Flower cutting with orange petals

How we resource & design

From glitter and sequins to tea and toilets, we’ve tried to reduce our carbon footprint in every area of design and resources. The canopies of each giant architectural tree include 12 raincatcher sails that diverted rain water, collecting it to help water the live plants on site.

Read more about it here.
Woman's face with pink and purple flowers and green foliage growing out of her hair

How we communicate

We’re using low carbon printing, signs and website design and our website is 100% renewably powered!

Read all about it here.
The top of a women's face surrounded by green leaves and purple flowers

Who we are

A sneak peek into the personal perspectives on sustainability from different members of the team. Read about making PoliNations sustainable with Angie Bual, Carl Robertshaw, Fenella Dawnay, Helen Freudenburg and Jenny Hutt.

Read about it here.
Poli Nations, Created and Produced by Trigger. Photo   Katja Ogrin (6)

Have you seen our raincatchers?

Each tree canopy includes 12 rain catcher sails, that diverts rainwater and collects it to help water the live plants on the PoliNations site

Delivering a low carbon event

At PoliNations, we are committed to delivering a low carbon event and ensuring that environmental sustainability is a priority that is strategically built in across all aspects of the project.

We are dedicated to keeping our carbon footprint as small as possible while still presenting an engaging, high quality event. Our environmental impact and sustainability has been considered across all aspects of the project since its conception, and will continue to be a priority throughout.

We promise to be open and to track and share our sustainability journey with you throughout the life of the project, so our audiences can see how and why we come to our decisions. We hope that this will increase awareness and inspire our audiences, partners and collaborators to join us! 

Check back soon for our blogs and Q&As surrounding the sustainability of our project or have a look at the Environmental Policy on the About page

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PoliNations and Trigger
Trigger, Unit 1.1 Streamline Building, Paintworks, Bristol BS4 3AS
Funded by
HM Government
Northern Ireland Executive
Scottish Government Riaghaltas na h-Alba
Llywodraeth Cymru Welsh Government
Belfast City Council
Cymru Greadigol Creative Wales
Branding and website by Peter & Paul