Aylesbury College is cancelling its 50th anniversary balloon release after receiving several complaints about the environmental impact it could have.
The balloon release will still take place on the same date of September 28 but will instead be hosted inside the college.
Matt Brown, deputy director of customer services at the college said the most common concern was the impact the balloons would have on wildlife, who could end up eating and choking on them.
But he added: “We’ve already sold hundreds of balloons and the money being raised from their sale is going to a great cause, the Aylesbury College Trust. So, we still want to find a way of using the balloons but being environmentally friendly at the same time.”
Tickets for the balloon race cost £2 for one or £3 for two, with a first prize of £100 for the furthest travelled. The money being raised for the trust helps students attend the college who may not be able to afford it.
Mr Brown said the college was still exploring ways of releasing the balloons inside but was confident their ‘creative students could come up with something.’
He said the college would welcome suggestions on who to donate the balloons to after the race.