Little Aston Eco Festival

This weekend the residents of Streetly and Little Aston held a Eco Festival and invited me along to see the festivities.

Streetly Methodist Church is an eco church, this means that they try to put caring for the environment at the heart of the activities they do.  In fact their building is heated by a biomass boiler.  The church attendees reduce, reuse and recycle whenever they can.

Every year the Church organises a festival and sets a challenge for all those attending.

This year they had a challenge to bring a pot growing greens along to the festival for the chance to win a prize.  There were some really creative pots, from cans and milk cartons put back into use, to coffee cups and yoghurt pots.  Great thinking!

The festival itself was great fun, with a focus on birds, bees and cooking there were talks, live music and choir shows, plant stalls, cooking demonstrations and craft making for the kids.  Alan Gardner, multi award winning garden designer was also on hand to offer his tips to budding horticulturalists.

The theme this year was 'food' and it was interesting to chat with stall holders about living a more eco friendly live as well as the importance of our bees. Lots of the food available was grown and made locally or was eco-friendly as possible.  Many local groups also took part from the Scouts and RSPB to Eco Sutton and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

I got to enjoy an ice cream in the fun, with loads of local people.  I hope you can all make it to the event next year to learn more about how everyone can become a little more eco-friendly with their day to day activities.