Greener Living Show a success

Published Thursday 26 April 2012

Around 1,200 people visited the third annual ‘Greener Living Show’ at Sandy Balls Holiday Centre near Fordingbridge last weekend.

The New Forest National Park Authority teamed up with IKEA and Sandy Balls Holiday Centre to show people how small changes can have a big impact on the environment.

Over 60 stalls exhibited including the IKEA sustainability road show, New Forest Transition, the New Forest Tour. Visitors also enjoyed a variety of local food and craft stalls, children’s activities, renewable technologies and cookery demonstrations from the New Forest Marque. 

Spire FM also broadcasted their popular morning show between 9am-1pm, interviewing stallholders about why ‘greener living’ is so important.

Claire Gingell, the National Park’s Project Delivery Manager, said: ‘We’re pleased so many people attended this event. The feedback has been extremely positive with people saying how much they enjoyed learning about ways to reduce their impact on the environment and how to support local producers.’

Mark Sokol, IKEA Southampton’s Community and Sustainability Specialist, said: ‘We enjoyed every part of the event which hopefully encouraged our community to take small steps towards greener living. Sustainability is at the heart of IKEA and hopefully more people are aware of our commitment and direction. Whether it’s growing your own herbs, encouraging children to think about the environment through games, arts and crafts, or thinking about the purchasing choices we make, we can all do a little and create a lot for people and the environment.'

Sandy Balls Support Manager, Chris Evetts said: ‘Sandy Balls has traditionally always practiced sustainable living. As a business, reducing costs through sustainable practices makes absolute sense and we were therefore very pleased to have hosted the Greener Living Show at Sandy Balls.’

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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 Contact:
Karen Evans-McDaid, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans-mcdaid@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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