Green fun for all the family this Saturday

Published Wednesday 18 April 2012

Cost-cutting ideas, delicious food, savings on fuel and buying local are just some of the many things on offer at this year’s Greener Living Show.

The Show, organised by the New Forest National Park Authority, has once again teamed up with IKEA to promote greener alternatives to aspects of everyday living. There will be nearly 60 stalls and last year over 1,300 people came to the show to find out more about caring for the environment.

This free event from 10am-4pm at Sandballs Holiday Centre, Fordingbridge, will take place this Saturday 21 April.

The day will be packed with attractions that include: the IKEA sustainability roadshow, New Forest Marque Cookery demonstrations, wild cooking, food tasting, the latest renewable technologies, local craft, delicious produce, storytelling, children’s activities, the New Forest Tour and much more.

Claire Gingell, Interim Project Delivery Manager at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The day will be full with practical advice on greener living. Taking small steps such as recycling, driving more fuel efficiently, insulating your home and buying local food is not only good for the New Forest and the wider environment but it is also a good way to save money.

‘The National Park Authority supports eco businesses and organisations and it’s great to be able to bring them all together at such a great family-orientated event to show people what’s on offer in the New Forest.’

Mark Sokol, IKEA Southampton’s Community and Sustainability Specialist said: ‘Sustainability is at the heart of the IKEA ethos and we hope that by helping our customers to take a small step to improve the environment on a local scale, we can collectively have a global impact. Our Never Ending List products help people to live a sustainable life at home and we’ll be demonstrating how people can make a difference. There will be children’s activities such as herb planting and colouring too.’

Chris Evetts, Sandy Balls Operations Director, said: ‘Sandy Balls has traditionally always practiced sustainable living. As a business, reducing costs through sustainable practices makes absolute sense and we are very pleased to have been asked to host the Greener Living Show at Sandy Balls Holiday Centre for the second year in a row.’

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Notes to Editors:

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Media Contacts:
Karen Evans-McDaid, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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