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Sunday, 27 March 2011

IKEA and Sandy Balls Holiday Centre support New Forest National Park’s Greener Living Show

The New Forest National Park is teaming up with IKEA and Sandy Balls Holiday Centre to help people take small steps to care for the environment.

The second Greener Living Show will be held at the holiday centre near Fordingbridge on Sunday 8 May.

The fun family event will feature the IKEA sustainability roadshow, local food and crafts, children’s activities, a chance to learn about the latest renewable technologies, plus a wide range of stalls and demonstrations.

BBC Radio Solent will be broadcasting from the event on the day, with Gardeners’ Question Time coming from the Show.

Entry is free to the event, which runs from 10am to 4pm.

Claire Gingell, the New Forest National Park’s interim head of sustainable development, said visitors to the Show can find out how they could save money and improve their health at the same time as helping the environment.

She said: ‘Last year over 800 people attended the Show and we’re hoping that with a new venue at Sandy Balls this year’s event will be bigger and better.

‘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 is also kind to your bank balance. The National Park Authority supports eco businesses and organisations and it’s great to be able to bring them together at a fun event to show people what is available.’

Mark Sokol, IKEA Southampton’s Community and Sustainability Specialist will be on hand to help people live a more sustainable life at home.

He said: ‘Sustainability is an integrated part of the IKEA business and there is the potential for IKEA to provide solutions which enable our customers to live a more sustainable life at home. We call these our Never Ending List products as continuous improvement in sustainability is a never ending job.

‘Hopefully visitors will gain lots of information and advice about buying and using products that are more environmentally friendly, support social initiatives or help in the quest for greener living.’

Brett Turner, Operations Director at Sandy Balls, said: ‘We at Sandy Balls are very pleased to have been chosen by the New Forest National Park as this year’s venue for the Greener Living Show.

‘Sustainability and the effect we have on our surroundings as a destination has always been at the forefront of our minds when developing the Park and for this in 2010 we achieved our 15th Gold David Bellamy Award.

‘The opportunity to show off our achievements and to be part of such a fantastic team representing such a good cause is an honor for Sandy Balls.’

If your business or organisation has green credentials and you would like to discuss the possibility of exhibiting at the show, please email

Recommended Reading: Eco-Friendly Families: Guide Your Family to Greener Living with Activities That Engage and Inspire...from Toddlers to Teens

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