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Green Glastonbury uses biodiesel-powered New Holland tractors 
The world-renowned Glastonbury Festival, which has always strived to promote environmentally-friendly technologies, has teamed up with New Holland to further increase the green credentials of the festival. In the weeks leading up to the festival, the organisers used two New Holland TSA115 tractors and two TLA90 tractors for the festival’s build up, all running on 100% biodiesel. The tractors will also be in operation during and after the festival to help with the clear up.

Michael Eavis, Glastonbury Festival organiser, said “It’s very important we are using biodiesel in the tractors this year. The festival has always supported green action. This shows we are making a special effort.”

New Holland has lead the industry with its commitment to biodiesel and the benefits of running this more environmentally-friendly fuel attracted the event organisers.

When Michael Eavis started the festival he documented that ‘a large green area of the Festival is set aside for demonstrations and displays of environmentally-friendly technologies and techniques’ as well as a forum for debating environmental, social and moral issues. By using New Holland machinery, the team at Glastonbury are turning those words into positive actions.

Working with UK-based Fleetsolve Ltd, Glastonbury has also ensured that the supply of biodiesel is from certified sustainable sources in the UK. “The environmental benefits of using biodiesel must be considered as a complete package,” said Fleetsolve managing director, Keith O’Connor. “We have worked with Glastonbury to make sure that the biodiesel used can be traced back to ethical and sustainable production.”

Glastonbury may be the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world, but it is also a working dairy farm. Michael Eavis began the festival in September 1970 and even though the festival has gone from strength to strength, the farm at Pilton near Glastonbury has remained an important part of his life.

The 400-acre farm operates as a normal dairy farm for ten months of the year, with some of the milk from the large dairy herd used to produce a local cheese. The tractors are used for a final grass cut about three weeks before the festival opens, to allow all the cabling and electrics to be laid.

“The Glastonbury Festival is recognised for its forward-thinking and New Holland, and our local dealer TH White, are delighted to be able to support Michael Eavis and his team and wish them a very successful festival,” said New Holland Area Sales Manager, Mark Farrell.

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