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The event first held a few years ago had lapsed when one of the organsisers moved away but this year with Climate Change, being declared an emergency, it was revived. Again it was also allied to holding a Green Week, with a wide programme of events ranging from Litter Picking to a very informative Bio-digester talk from Transition Basingstoke.
With a concept of encouraging ‘ongoing activities’ the focus was on demonstrations and information, ranging from making beeswax wraps and eco-bricks to promotion of recycling and food re-use.
Stands around the hall covered walking and cycling with a new Bus Walk route and electric-assist bikes on show, while outside a number of electric cars were available to view, sit in and discuss the merits. It was particularly useful to talk to real users and the learn of the benefits directly experienced.
From an Incinerator to “Which Bin”?
The Bin-the Incinerator campaign attended and gave information on the proposed incineration plant which would affect the town, while a competition on recycling choices provided much information and help on what can sometimes be confusing.
It did pong a bit
A large and unsavoury bag of somewhat smelly rubbish, collected on a litter pick during the week, appeared mid-afternoon and its items examined.
Advice on how most of it could have been recycled instead of being thrown onto our town centre streets was provided – the rubbish even included a kettle amongst the street debris. Where would that go in Whitchurch?
Many were involved
Many practical activities were run by the excellent Low Waste Whitchurch group. They meet once a month, the next being on October 3rd at 8.00pm in the White Hart. Walkers are Welcome and Basingstoke Council are also to be especially thanked along with all who helped or were involved in any way.
It was also very pleasing to have the wonderful volunteers from MacMillan Cancer Care running the tasty refreshments and raising funds for their worthy cause.
It will be held again
Plans are already underway to hold the event again, with more demonstrations and exhibits.
To be involved email: firstname.lastname@example.org