Green record­break­ing at­tempt!

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Green Issues - By Nyree Am­barchian of Peter­bor­ough En­vi­ron­ment City Trust

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, visit­fes­ti­val to find out more about the Green Festi

val 2010.

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