The Green Fair in Harnham on June 7th got off to a wet start but when the sun came out so did the people. We welcomed nearly 500, many with children who enjoyed all the many hands-on activities available. Over 30 different organisations took part. The day exceeded expectations. Here are some of the comments received after the event:
“I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the Green Fair. I had a great time. You gathered together such an array of different groups, everything from the RSPB to Greenpeace. I saw wildlife, a sparrow hawk, a heron and a vivid blue damselfly.”
“It was a great and memorable day. Thanks for asking us to take part, it was rewarding and great fun. Can’t wait for next year!” RSPB
Wildlife Detectives in Middle
Street Meadow – photo Pat Cashman
The COGS team – photo courtesy of Salisbury Journal.
“The Green Fair day was a resounding success for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Derek Gard the trust’s Volunteer coordinator said’ After a thundery, rainy start the sun came out and shone on this fantastic event. We showed children and parents the teeming wildlife in the Nadder river when we went river dipping. The kids were fascinated by small fish, nymphs, leaches, water snails and a myriad of other creatures, Our waste team spread the word about a sustainable future and encouraged us all to recycle, Our wellbeing team encourage people to engage with nature to improve their health and I with the help of volunteers spread the word about volunteering opportunities with the Trust, It was a hugely worthwhile day, fun, education and the environment all mixed together.” Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.
“I thought it was wonderful! The turn out was fab in the afternoon, as I think most folk probably realised the rain was not going to pour! A lovely day, and really well put together I thought! Thanks for having me.” BeesKnees.
Salisbury City Council Parks Department were delighted to attend the Green Fair. We gave out information on our Community Orchards, allotments and parks and open spaces as well as receiving comments and suggestions on improvements and changes we could make around the city. We received many compliments on our wildflower drifts in the city as well answering questions from the public. We also used this opportunity to meet and talk to a variety of organisations about wildlife and nature in Salisbury.
Photo gallery courtesy of Salisbury Journal.
South Wiltshire Agenda 21 wish to thank Salisbury City Council, Salisbury Area Board and Barchester Green Investment for their financial support, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust for their huge contribution in planning the event and all the organisations who took part and made it such a memorable day.