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.”