For Immediate Release
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Green Fingers and Thumbs Up
for Green Fair At Castlepoint for Climate Week
Hundreds of people supported the various free activities, campaigns, local charities, traders and judging by the smiles liked what they saw at The Green Community Fair ‘Trade’ event last week at Castlepoint Shopping Park as part of Bournemouth & Poole Climate Week 2013.
Climate Week is Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future. Culminating in a week of activities, it showcases practical solutions from every sector of society.
Children made masks using recyclable materials and adults learned to crochet flowers to adore their clothing. There was information on Bournemouth Council Recycling and free chocolate from the Bournemouth Fair Trade Town Group.
Encouraging cycling for a healthier lifestyle were the Wheelie Great Bike Store (WGBS) which is a fantastic initiative of local social care and support provider BCHA. Trained bike mechanics gave free advice and provided a maintenance facility where people got their bikes fixed and serviced.
An acoustic ambiance was provided by local performer Waritsara Karlberg and by Marylyn Cropley’s ‘Freeplay’ musical jamming experience.
Other participants included The National Trust and The Woodland Trust and Friends of the Earth spoke to about 150 people and many people signed the petition to ask David Cameron to help save bees.
Cherry Tree Nursery’s plant sale was incredibly popular and they were happy to raise awareness of their Sheltered Work Opportunities Project based on horticulture providing meaningful occupation in a supportive environment, aiming to restore well-being to people with mental illness.
On Sunday in a bitter wind, a semi subterranean location ‘Bodger’ John(who’s far from a bodger) put on a skilled display of wood turning on a foot powered self built lathe and Kindheart Crafts & Healing ran a workshop for people to make dreamcatchers.
The Green Community Fair was made possible with the help and support of an army of hundreds of participants and volunteers and is committed to raising awareness of ethical and environmental issues whilst helping to develop the skills and opportunities of their volunteers who are predominantly long term unemployed or disabled.
The Green Community Fairs are being organised for the Community in conjunction with the Transition BH Hub who are groups of people living in Poole, Bournemouth, Wimborne, Christchurch and surrounding areas starting Transition Towns initiatives for the benefit of the community and for the environment.
Over 50 people were engaged with the idea of joining The Bournemouth Transition group who are also supporting a community food-growing garden at Slades Farm and are hosting a ‘Big Dig’ event this Saturday 16th March from 10am – noon.
Community Green Fairs this year will feature at The Slade’s Farm Family Festival and Bournemouth Family Festival in July and an event featuring a solar powered stage will run for two days on the Friday and Saturday of the weekend of Bournemouth Airshow.
For more information about volunteering, mentoring, stalls and exhibition space at the Green Community Fairs this year people can contact the Paperwork Fairy on 01202 386348.
Notes for editors;
Photos at http://tinyurl.com/marchGCFphotos – please contact Sam on 01202 386348 for higher res images.
· Bournemouth & Poole Climate Week Facebook page –http://www.facebook.com/BournemouthPooleClimateWeek
· Bournemouth & Poole Climate Week Twitter page – @B_P_ClimateWeek
· Fairtrade Bournemouth Facebook page –http://www.facebook.com/BournemouthFairtradeTownGroup
A promotional video by Hannah Ashworth, a multi-media journalism student at Bournemouth Uni. can view below and photos of the day can be viewed here; http://tinyurl.com/gcfphotos
(Some photos used by kind permission of Steve Harris http://www.crabbycabby.co.uk)
The Green Unity Fair was organised by Radical Media and The Transition BH Hub with the aim of combining entertainment with education on “green living.”
Angela Pooley, coordinator of East Dorset Friends of the Earth thought the concept was “absolutely fantastic”. She told BHbeat: “It’s about showing people that sustainable lifestyles can be fun.”
The fair had 43 stalls from arts and crafts, plants and organic foods as well as a solar-powered music stage with local musicians. There were plenty of activities for younger children from face painting to story telling.
Lee Hadaway, a volunteer at the Green Unity Fair and a worker at Wimborne Recycling Centre brought his solar-powered wheelbarrow disco which had been made from recycled materials – even the records had been recycled.
He told BHbeat: “It’s about showing people the rubbish they throw away can still be used. Helping the environment can be fun and it’s something we should all be looking to get involved in.”
The combination of solar-powered entertainment and the a variety of stalls created a relaxed and casual atmosphere which was well received by visitors.