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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

New Forest National Park’s Greener Living Show a success

Claire Sherwood, New Forest National Park Authority
Ranger in front of the Authority’s mobile unit.
Around 1,300 people visited the second annual ‘Greener Living Show’ at Sandy Balls Holiday Centre near Fordingbridge, on Sunday 8 May.

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

Over 50 stands exhibited including; the IKEA sustainability road show, Brand New Forest, the Forest Store, New Forest Transition and a variety of local food and craft stalls, children’s activities, renewable technologies and cookery demonstrations from the New Forest Marque.

BBC Radio Solent also broadcasted their popular Gardener’s Question Time from the show between 1-2pm.

Claire Gingell, Interim Project Delivery Manager, said: ‘We are pleased that even more people attended the event than last year. The feedback has been extremely positive with people saying how much they enjoyed learning simple money-saving tips on how to improve their health as well as caring for the environment.’

Mark Sokol, IKEA Southampton’s Community and Sustainability Specialist added:

‘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 a few more people are now 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.'

Children colouring at the IKEA Sustainability Road Show
with Rob Cooper and Mark Sokel
Sandy Balls Operations Director Brett Turner continued: ‘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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