Celebrate the planet, celebrate diversity and celebrate each other at East London’s largest green festival, happening this Bank Holiday Monday at Melbourne Fields, Valentines Park, Redbridge.
Dance to live music playing on two stages (the line up of local performers includes Fuze who supported Mcfly in the Battle of the Bands), be captivated by planet-friendly films screening in our solar-powered cinema, buy fresh vegetarian food from around the world and ethical arts and crafts items from our 100+ stalls, participate in community art activities, including creating a massive planet earth on the grass with natural materials. Make friends with neighbours that you never knew you had.
If you need some Bank Holiday exercise, bring along your trainers and join the world’s oldest marathon runner, 101 year-old Fauja Singh, for a lap of the field.
Take part in an eco-fashion show as a designer or a catwalk model, walk around our eco house and learn how to green up your home, stretch out with community yoga and get Dr Bike to fix your punctures and minor bike problems for free.
At 3pm, there is a special event - a live recitation of the UN Declaration of Human Rights organised in partnership with Act of Memory. There is more info at the web addresses for Anniversary — an act of memory below.
If you want to take part please sign up through the website: http://www.rgf.org.uk
Find new treasures at the Give and Take stall (and give away items in good condition that you no longer need), speak to the experts about composting and recycling, gain grow-your-own vegetable skills on our “Riverford” vegetable production line and enjoy Professor Kayoss’ wild one-man environmental show.
Join the head of the London Permaculture network for an introduction to permaculture workshop and if you’re under five, enjoy the messy play area, be entertained by storytellers, and let your mum and dad learn about environmentally-friendly nappies.
There are two themes: the environment and the community. For us the word ‘green’ includes the planet and the people. It’s the involvement of local residents and groups, with their wide interests and concerns, that makes this event such a success. It is a large and significant community event organised solely by volunteers with all the advantages that grassroots organisations bring: a great atmosphere and a feeling of community spirit, ordinary residents showing their skills and passions, the public interacting and getting involved.”
www.rgf.org.uk for more details.
Free shuttle bus from Gants Hill and Ilford stations.