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Growing your own veg theme for Whittington’s fifth Big Green Fair

Growing your own veg will be the message when the annual Big Green Fair takes place in Whittington.

The fifth event hosted by Whittington and Fisherwick Environment Group (WFEG) will take place on April 21 from 10am to 4pm.

This year’s theme will feature  a plant and seed exchange where everyone is invited to bring their surplus plants along and swap for something else that takes their fancy.

Whittington Allotment Society will be there with loads of free vegetable seedlings to give away, while WFEG members are already busy growing plants to swap, and the Earthlife Company will be running seed planting activities for kids.

Children from Whittington School will also be presenting the work they have doing towards becoming an Eco School including their own food growing project.

As always the fair will also be featuring lots of other aspects of smart green living such as wildlife conservation, transport, ethical and Fairtrade goods including jewellery and clothes. Visitors will be able to meet a range of craftspeople, from feltmakers to greenwood workers and basketweavers.

Energy will be an important theme with the latest information about Feed-in Tariffs, the Green Deal, Renewable Heat Incentive and companies presenting products such as solar PV, solar thermal (for hot water), home insulation and LED lighting.

WFEG will be showing off its ideas for a community orchard at Glebe Field and hosting a beekeeping demonstration. Stop HS2 will be there with the latest news on the campaign and Whittington and Fisherwick Parish Council will be presenting its ideas on the development of a Parish Plan.

A major element of the Fair is of course loads of fun and entertainment for all the family including puppet shows, zumba dancing, horse and carriage rides and morris dancers. And of course, delicious food will be available all day including soup, burgers, homemade cakes and drinks.

Following the success of last year, the Fair is combined with the first regular Village Food Market of the year. Local farmers, bakers and growers will be tempting customers with everything from rare breed beef, pork and bacon to fresh veg and home-baked bread and cakes. All the usual favourites will be there including the Walled Garden at Woodhouse, the Baking Tin, Packington Farm Shop, Lynn’s Larder and more.

For further information about the event, which takes place in and around Whittington Village Hall, including stall bookings, contact Debbie Barnish on deborah.barnish@angeltomney.co.uk or phone her on 07808 471356.

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