Dursley’s first sustainability fair is taking place today, Saturday 10am-4pm.
A raft of activities are taking place, including talks, workshops, demonstrations, eco-friendly product stalls and family activities.
Kingshill House marketing and PR manager Eleanor Telfer, said: There will be lots happening during the day to promote environmentally friendly and sustainable practices; a food market, fun activities, educational talks from leaders in sustainable living, workshops and demonstrations from groups such as a local charity Wild Hogs Hedgehog Rescue, natural soap maker Seal Stroud and Wild Acres CIC who will be building a map of all the green spaces in and around Dursley.
“Alongside these there will be activities for families, such as games and crafts that teach about the environment and sustainability, and our current exhibition ‘Food for All’ which considers our relationship with food will have a fun activity sheet to complete.
“The fair is part of Kingshill House’s project ‘Response/Respond‘ which is generously funded by the National Lottery Together For Our Planet and the Summerfield Charitable Trust. The project encourages communities to engage with our collective challenge to do all we can to reduce climate change through action. The first part of the project saw a community group build a Willow Home, successfully completed in September with willow expert, Sarah Edwards.
“This sustainable construction is a permanent part of the garden landscape at Kingshill House and can be used as an outdoor learning space by the community to share ideas on climate change and discuss how it will impact them and learn new skills. Further workshops will be hosted throughout the year to encourage learning, transfer knowledge and teach the next generation of curious minds.
“The second part of the project has recently started with the plans to build a permaculture community garden at the back of Kingshill House. A steering group is developing ideas for how the garden will look, and they will be sharing ideas at the sustainability fair whilst recruiting more people to get involved and make a difference.
“We understand that often people are keen to play their part in climate action but are confused as to how to do so, sometimes feeling helpless or unable to contribute because of a gap in knowledge. The Sustainability Fair is day where ideas can be shared, questions asked and see various programs and initiatives being implemented in the community to support climate action. This is a chance to see how collectively we can make a difference.”
There is a suggested donations of £3 welcome and some activities will incur a charge to participate.
For more information regarding sustainability fair and the 2023 programme, please visit kingshillhouse.org.uk or call them team on 01453 549133.