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Key Hay on Earth dates

  • 24 May -  Project submission deadline, 12.00 midday
  • 24 May -  Project short list announced, 6.00pm
  • 28 May -  Launch of WAG's SD Charter
  • 1-4 June  Innovation workshops
  • 4 June -   Award of the Green Dragons grants

Hay on Earth 2010 Programme

28 May         Launch of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Sustainable Development Charter by Jane Davidson followed by a workshop to map out the practicalities of implementation.

1 June         Transport & accessibility workshop

2 June         Agriculture and food workshop

3 June         Social Enterprise & Business sustainability workshop:

4 June         Communities & Homes sustainability workshop:

Award of the Sustainable Development Challenge grants, with public workshop on sustainability action.


On each of the main workshop days, 1-4th June, eight, short-listed groups will be invited to present their ideas for sustainability projects that show leadership, innovation and more than a little flair. The best ideas on each day will receive a grant of £10,000 to take their ideas onwards and upwards.

At the end of each day, having networked, learnt, developed, tweaked and polished their ideas, two speakers from each of the projects will give a three minute presentation to an audience that includes panelists, experts, other groups and members of the Hay Festival public. The audience will vote on the project that catches their eye most, and the results included in the final decision by the grant sponsors, Welsh Assembly Government.

Community groups, companies and NGOs from Wales and beyond who are not entering the competition or not short-listed are invited to come along for the learning, inspiration and networking that will certainly be there.

  • Benefiting from advice and support from subject experts
  • Working in partnership with other organisations on the development of their project;
  • Learning from what is happening elsewhere in their sector and beyond
  • Make new contacts
  • Discussing project ideas with members of the public and other interested individuals

Individual projects will be developed during the day by the invited groups and presented to an expert panel, Welsh Assembly Government Ministers and members of the public at the end of each day.

Any organisation in Wales is eligible to put projects forwards that develop new and innovative approaches to sustainable development that will help achieve WAG’s vision of a sustainable Wales, as set out in its Sustainable Development Scheme, One Planet: One Wales.  

Jane Davidson, Welsh Assembly Minister for Environment, Sustainability & Housing, will announce the winners of the Wales Sustainable Development grants on the afternoon of Friday 4th June.

Click here for the application forms, agenda and information on the Wales SD Scheme


Specialist panels

On each of the four workshop days, a panel of experts from across Wales and beyond will provide relevant practical advice for all Hay on Earth participants, and help the short-listed participants develop their ideas for the winning pitch.

The lists below are indicative.

Agriculture and Food

  • Katie Jones, Farms & City Gardens
  • Steve Garrett, Riverside Community Market
  • Patrick Holden, Soil Association
  • Organic Centre Wales
  • Peter Harper, Centre for Alternative Technology
  • Gerald Miles / Stroud CSA


Low Carbon Transport

  • Peter Lipman / Lee Waters, Sustrans,
  • Car sharing club
  • Greenways
  • Walking your way to health
  • Paul Allen, CAT
  • Prof Steve Evans, Cranfield University
  • Alex Badley, Cynnal Cymru


Social Enterprise & Business

  • Vanessa Griffiths, Groundwork
  • Mark Shayler, Eco 3
  • A 1% for the Planet business
  • Sharanne Basham-Pyke, BITC
  • Cooperative Bank


Communities & homes

  • Helen Northmore, Energy Saving Trust
  • Aled Owen, Mentr Cwm Gwendraeth
  • Arup
  • Usha Ladwa-Thomas, WAG
  • Haf Roberts, White Design / Cynnal Cymru