Richmondshire District Council

Successful turnout for eco festival

Richmond is hailing its first ‘eco festival’ a huge success.

Around 100 people attended the event on Saturday (October 2) 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. There were also 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. We hope even more will take the 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. 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

Takes place at 10.30am and 3.15pm on Saturday 9 October. Two tours around the community buildings that are part of the Askrigg Community Energy Project, led by the Project Manager, Sue Stokes.

Book your free place on the Eventbrite website.

Wild Ingleborough

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

Register for this event.

Roadside verges campaign

At 2.30pm on Tuesday 19 October (online event). A short presentation about the Friends of the Dales roadside verge campaign to increase biodiversity in the Yorkshire Dales.

Book your free place for this event.

Tees-Swale project

Takes place at 1pm on Wednesday 20 October (online event). A talk about the nature recovery work of the Tees-Swale Project.

Book your free place for this online talk.

Yorkshire Dales National Parks

At 12pm on Saturday 23 October. A 'show and tell' presentation of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority's retrofit of renewable energy in their properties. 

Book your free ticket.

Tunstall community garden

At 2pm on Saturday 23 October. A hosted tour of the garden showing ideas for improved recycling and explaining what sort of plants absorb most carbon.

Book your place on this tour.


At 12pm on Wednesday 27 October (online event). A talk about the value of species-rich grasslands by Honor Eldridge of Plantlife.

Book your tickets for this talk.

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

At 7.30pm on Wednesday 27 October (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.

Register for tickets today.

Just the Job, Richmond

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

Book tickets.

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