Richmondshire’s first eco festival declared success

Organisers of Richmondshire’s first eco festival say the event is proving a big success.

Around 100 people attended the first event on Saturday where members of the newly-formed Richmondshire Climate Action Partnership promoted green living and how to reduce carbon footprint.

It included practical help from companies providing air source heat pumps and solar panels; and recycling tips from Richmond Recycling, Re-cycle waster Richmondshire and North Yorkshire Rotters.

Members of the Newton-le-Willows eco project demonstrated what can be done in a village; examples of electric vehicles were on display, and there were arts activities for children with Hayley Coates.

It was the first event in a series of free to attend events running throughout October, up to the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow next month.

“The festival is intended to showcase some of the wonderful work being done by community groups, charitable organisations and others across Richmondshire,” said Mike Sparrow, deputy chair of the Richmondshire Climate Action Partnership.

“We were delighted to see so many people in Richmond on Saturday and hope even more will take to opportunity to get involved and hear about the projects that are being delivered in our area.

“Our aim is to encourage people to try to make a few changes to the way they live and work that will contribute to reducing the emissions we pump into the atmosphere, or help to improve the health of our local environment.

“Some people might be motivated by the recycling ideas or want to get involved in tree planting or volunteering and others might be interested in renewable energy solutions for their home or business.”

The remaining festival programme is:

Askrigg Community Energy Project Walk and Talk – 10.30am and 3.15 pm on Saturday, October 9 – two tours around the community buildings that are part of the Askrigg Community Energy Project, led by the project manager, Sue Stokes.

Wild Ingleborough – 7pm, Tuesday, October 12 (online event) – an insight into the landscape-scale wildlife restoration at Ingleborough, presented by Paul Brady of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Roadside Verges Campaign – 2.30pm, Tuesday, October 19 (online event) – a short illustrated presentation about the Friends of the Dales roadside verge campaign to increase biodiversity in the Yorkshire Dales.

Tees-Swale Project – 1pm, Wednesday, October 20 (online event) – a talk about the nature recovery work of the Tees-Swale Project.

Yorkshire Dales National Parks – 12pm, Saturday, October 23 – a ‘show and tell’ presentation of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s retrofit of renewable energy in their property estate.

Tunstall Community Garden – 2pm, Saturday, October 23 – a hosted tour of the garden showcasing ideas for improved recycling and explaining what sort of plants absorb most carbon.

Plantlife – 12pm, Wednesday, October 27 (online event) – a talk about the carbon sequestration value of species-rich grasslands by Honor Eldridge of Plantlife.

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust – 7.30pm, Wednesday, October 27 (online event) – a talk about how to avoid 1.5 billion plastic tree guards littering the environment by 2050 as the government ramps up its tree planting plans.

Just the Job, Richmond – From 10am, Saturday, November 6 – This is a fun packed day of activities for everyone who likes nature and getting busy in the garden.