Havant gearing up for first ever eco festival

ECO MISSION Ray Cobbett, left, from Friends of the Earth, Havant Cllr Mike Fairhurst, centre, and Mark Willenbruch from the Havant Transition Network promoting Havant Goes Green festival
ECO MISSION Ray Cobbett, left, from Friends of the Earth, Havant Cllr Mike Fairhurst, centre, and Mark Willenbruch from the Havant Transition Network promoting Havant Goes Green festival
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THERE’S just weeks to go until a whole town turns green.

Council vans have all had the green message emblazoned on them ahead of the Havant Goes Greener week.

The borough council, along with eco group Havant Transition Network and Friends of the Earth, aim to show how small changes can make a difference.

Ray Cobbett, from Friends of the Earth, said: ‘We want to encourage changes like reducing waste, supporting local shops, using the bus or bike instead of the car, buying greener energy and caring for our open spaces.

‘Throughout the week and across the borough experts will share their knowledge on eco housing, recycling, grow-your-own fruit and veg, bee keeping, saving energy and money, alternative transport and getting active.’

It culminates in Havant Park with the Family Green Fair where there will be music and entertainment alongside dozens of stalls where you can buy green products.

Events organised include:

· May 23, 7pm, The Spring, East Street: Free screening of the film No Impact Man.

· May 24, 4pm to 6pm, Havant train station: South West Trains green travel plans.

· May 24, 7.30pm, Emsworth Community Centre: Going Solar – facts and figures.

· May 24, 7.30pm, Havant United Reformed Church: How to grow your own food.

· May 25, 4.30pm, The Spring: Family bike ride around Havant.

· May 25, 6.30pm, Budds Farm treatment works, Broadmarsh – tour around the site with Southern Water.

· May 25, 7pm, Leigh Park Community Centre: How to reduce energy consumption.

· May 25, 7.30pm, Bedhampton Social Hall: Bee keeping expert talk.

· May 26, 10am, Beachlands office, Hayling: Walk

· May 26, 7.30pm, Hayling Island Community Centre: How to cut heat loss from homes and cut bills.

· May 27, 12.30pm, Church of the Sacred Heart, London Road, Waterlooville: A talk on the energy-efficient church.

· May 28, 11am, Havant Park: Family bike ride by CTC and Family Green Fair,

Go to havantgoesgreener.org.uk