SHADES OF GREEN
Green recordbreaking attempt!
I can’t believe this year’s Green Festival is all but over! a rainy launch on Saturday last week didn’t dampen the spirit of the event and it was still one of the best starts to the Festival we’ve ever had.
the following Monday saw over 100 families taking part in the cono Sur family outdoor challenge. not only was there treasure to find and riddles to answer, but there was also a crystal maze style catapult task, archery, and a climbing wall. the event aimed to help people to enjoy the great outdoors on our doorstep. One of the supporters of the Green Festival this year, organic winery cono Sur, helped us arrange the event in honour of their eco friendly technique of encouraging workers to travel between vineyards by bike.
according to cono Sur’s, nicola Hale the company’s focus on reducing environmental impact meant they were very keen to get involved with the event. “We have been working to produce organic wines since 1991 – the same year that Peterborough’s Green Festival first ran. there are always bikes propped at the end of rows of vines for workers to use - relaxed, taking their time, enjoying the journey - sometimes returning to basics is all we need.”
there are still two days of Green Festival events left. today you can head over to the Green Backyard on London Road (near the apex flats) from 11am for the ultimate bring and share picnic. Bring along a dish made using local produce or organic ingredients, take part in the soup competition at 1pm, there’ll be games, music, wine sampling, a drumming circle, and if your skills in the kitchen aren’t up to scratch don’t worry you can still take part in the picnic in return for a small donation to the Green Backyard.
and on Sunday come along to the Visitors centre at Ferry Meadows at noon wearing an item of green clothing to help us set a new record and put Peterborough’s ambition to become the UK’s Environment capital on the map. alongside the green record breaking we’ve teamed up with nene Park trust and the BBc Springwatch programmes to host a ‘Wild Day Out’.
this free event gives you the chance to become a bona fide ‘nature detective’ helping to carry out a wildlife survey of all the trees, plants, birds, animals, and creepy crawlies in Ferry Meadows. Each aspiring nature detective will complete a trail stopping at various wildlife stations along the way. Each station will challenge the detectives with a different wildlife activity. Detectives will collect a stamp for every completed task which can be swapped for wildlife goodies at the end. the Green Festival has been made possible thanks to support from cono Sur organic winery, Riverford organic veg, Opportunity Peterborough, and Peterborough city council, visit www.pect.org.uk/greenfestival to find out more about the Green Festi