The notion of a Green Gathering charity was first mooted back in 2006, when the Big Green Gathering was growing apace and those involved wanted to be sure that the event remained ethical, educational and ecologically sound.

In 2010, at a weekend camp, we dusted off the charity idea, with a view to widening our reach and impact.

One of the key ideas behind the charity model was to support and promote the fantastic work that goes on all over the UK all year long. The Green Gathering is more than just an amazing annual event, it is all the people and projects, small and large, that work tirelessly throughout the year which feed back into the Gathering and make it so special.

The Green Gathering charity intends to take forward the spirit of the old Big Green Gathering, while providing a new model for working collaboratively to host educational, sustainable events and to address social and environmental issues which are demanding our attention with increasing urgency.

The charity commissions the annual Green Gathering festival which is delivered on behalf of the charity by its ‘trading arm’ – Optimistic Trout Productions, a Community Interest Company (CIC).

The charity uses any financial surplus generated by the event to further its wider educational and environmental objectives, for example by seeding other events and funding educational activities. Recent projects include the ‘Crock n Rock’ crockery hire service, educational recycling depot, and free craft workshops for all ages.

Become a charity member

Membership of the Green Gathering charity is open to all.

Members offer input and direction to the trustees (and thereby the activities and events commissioned by the charity) in line with Charity Commission guidance. Members are not eligible to vote in decision-making meetings, but their feedback is considered invaluable in steering the charity and its projects.

Please support and join us in carrying the wisdom of The Green Gathering into the future!

TO APPLY TO BECOME A MEMBER, or to make a donation to the charity, please email:

  • Membership has an initial registration fee of £20 for individuals and £50 for groups and statutory organisations
  • Big Green Gathering shareholders are eligible for free membership
  • 18 year olds and under are eligible for free membership
  • For the Articles of Association of the charity, download here (note, these were amended January 2020 so that trustees no longer have a maximum 9 year term but can instead be reappointed indefinitely)

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