Who Are We?

poss-painting-bwWe’re a passionate community of festival lovers, environmentalists, activists, campaigners, gardeners, musicians, builders, philosophers, educators, travellers, health workers and artists.

The Green Gathering festival is commissioned by our charity and produced by Optimistic Trout Productions (OTP), a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC). Any financial surplus from the festival goes to fund creative environmental and educational projects.

The Green Gathering community is made up of fabulous festival co-ordinators and crew, directors of OTP, trustees of the GG charity, and our inspiring ticket-buying festival-goers without whom the rest would be useless!

Contact us if you’d like to get involved.

Optimistic Trout Productions CIC – Directors

muggs-squareSTEVE MUGGERIDGE (aka Muggs)

Steve Muggs has been involved with festivals since the early 80’s, since the days of the Stonehenge Free Festival and the infamous ‘Battle of the Beanfield’. Thereafter, he has been engaged with the transition of some aspects of Free Festival counter-culture into Green movement events, including Maidstone Green Fair (1993–2003) and the Green Gatherings.

On site Muggs heads up the vital “Green Control” crew. He deals with licensing, liaises with authorities, writes long emails very late at night and is a regular speaker at conferences such as  Green Events and Innovations (GEI).

Here’s Muggs being interviewed about festival, traveller and countercultural history since the 1980’s.


After 25 years on the festival circuit, ten running Weirdigans Organic Travelling Cafe, Em became a Green Gathering director in 2013.

Em manages the GG’s Green Markets, writes the monthly newsletter and web content, keeps internal comms flowing, co-ordinates publicity, and is passionate about sustainability topping the agenda. She qualified as an assessor for A Greener Festival in 2017 and curated the Solution Zone at Extinction Rebellion’s Spring Uprising in 2019.

Em has worked with refugee and local solidarity groups in France and Greece; strives to convince people that expecting interminable growth on a planet with finite resources is silly; counts campfires and dancing amongst her favourite things.

shane-bio-picSHANE COLLINS

Shane has been part of every Green Gathering since 1994.  A long-time green activist, he has been involved in CoolTan Arts, Reclaim the Streets, anti-roads campaigns, Legalise Cannabis events, Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain.

A Green Party candidate in many elections over the last 20 years, in 2015 Shane became a Green Councillor on Mendip Council.

At the GG festival Shane and his crew are responsible for the Speakers’ Forum, bars and recycling. As you can see from the pic, he’s a dad too.


Linda has been involved with the Green Gatherings for many years, getting stuck into a wide variety of roles, from finance and admin to infrastructure procurement and security.

Linda is always one of the first people on site pre-festival, and is involved in site planning and site management as well as feeding the hungry, hardworking site crew.

As part of Totally Amazing Events she is involved in production work at events across the south of England.


Alice has been part of The Green Gathering for a number of years in various guises, most recently
managing The Mayflower Project (the teen space).

As the 2020 festival season didn’t go ahead the
decision was taken to close The Mayflower Project and Alice became a trainee director for the fallow year; we are all hoping she’ll become a fully fledged director in the future but for now her life is too busy to fit it in!

The Green Gathering charity – Trustees

The Board of Trustees is made up of volunteers who are committed to delivering on the Green Gathering’s charity objectives. Some of the Trustees have a history of supporting and contributing to the festival and Green Gathering community over a period of years; others bring fresh ideas to the table.


Mickey is keen to take forward the charity’s educational objectives, working with young people towards a sustainable future.


Steve Muggs is one of the founders and directors of Optimistic Trout Productions, the trading arm of the GG charity. He is the key liaison between event production and charity trustees.


A veteran re-use, repair, recycle campaigner and educator, Sara is also the secretary for the charity, keeping communications and admin up to date.


Buffy is the GG charity’s youth rep. She’s currently studying Natural Sciences and has a keen interest in sustainable agriculture and food security. She works with Sara on the Clean Stream Resource Centre at The Green Gathering.
In 2021 Buffy was recruited as a One Step Ambassador promoting the importance of climate-friendly behaviour in the run up to COP26.



Tony runs the GG charity info tent at the festival and provides the rustic bandstand on the Village Green too!

Tony has a 30 year history of social enterprise and community development in the social care, environment and arts sectors through Realife Trust, the charity he set up in 1990.


Additional trustees may be invited to join the Board on the basis of skill-sets / skills required by the charity.

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