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Yes – the Basingstoke Green Week is back again.
Last year’s Green Week was a huge success. Along with many other local groups we hosted loads of green themed events. This year the Green Week is back and it’s bigger and better. And it’s longer! To squeeze in all the events it’s a ten day week.
The full programme offers events and activities showcasing environmental living in Basingstoke and Deane. Most events are free – these include village markets, family fun days guided tours and cycle rides, advice and information days. We even have a pop-up shop in Festival Place.
Our Green Week is all organised by volunteers and supporter by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Festival Place.
Whatever your age there is something for you. So join in, take part and enjoy.
Here are just some of the events.
Saturday 17th September
It all kicks off with Basingstoke Green Fair in Castle Square at 9pm. There’s lot of stalls with local products, organic veg, and a chance to find out about local groups such the Energy Co-operative, Basingstoke Vegans, Incredible Edible, Natural Basingstoke and a lot, lot more.
That afternoon there is a chance to look behind the scenes at Chineham Energy Recovery Centre. This is where all Basingstoke’s waste goes to be incinerated. It is a real eye opener to see what happens to all the stuff we throw away.
Sunday 18th September
Start the day with a guided walk around Old Basing then finish that off with a plant-based BBQ and a beer at the Bounty Inn.
Monday 19th September
Work off the weekend excesses with a guided cycle ride around the countryside south of Basingstoke. Or you could visit the Swap Shop in Chineham or the learn how to repair furniture in Houndsmill.
Tuesday 20th September
Are you a local small business and want to know how you can increase profits reduce costs and become greener? Then pop along to the Carbon Management Workshop which will give you tips on how to cut your fuel, gas and electricity bills. You might also find out how to generate more revenue.
For lunch way not stop by at the Mug & Biscuit Café in South Ham
Tuesday and Wednesday 19th and 20th September
Want to find out more about saving energy and money? How to keep warm in the winter, how to give new life to old furniture? Well pop-in to our pop-up shop in Festival Place.
Heard about this revolutionary new technology called LED lighting? Come and learn more at the “Lighting Event” in Porchester Square.
Wednesday 21st September.
Mid-week blues? Lots happening today. A cycle ride to Oakley for morning coffee. Lantern making at the Ridgeway Centre and Herbs and Health in Kempshott should keep you busy.
Thursday 22nd September
The fun continues on Thursday morning by turning waste material into scarecrows in South Ham. There’s a Surplus Food lunch in Buckskin all made from locally grown surplus food.
That evening is the big get together with the Basingstoke Environment Groups’ Networking Evening. This is where all the people involved in making Basingstoke a more sustainable place to live at work meet up and learn about what each of us are up to. It’s a great place for new comers to find out what’s going on. All welcome.
Friday 23rd September
Friday is practical day. Enough of the theory – let’s do something real! Two great workshops today. The Cycle Maintenance Course teaches you how to fix that old bike and how to make new ones work better. In the afternoon the is the “Off-grid” Workshop. Come and build your own off grid solar power electrical system- all materials provided – and get a free lunch.
Saturday 24th September
The big day. Lots of events in Buckskin, Sherborne, South Ham, Brookvale and Oakley. The biggest is Brookvale Sustainability Day.
Sunday 25th September
Did you know Basingstoke has its own Organic Farm? Well come along to the Northdown Orchard open day and learn at lot more about organic farming and enjoy an oven baked pizza.
Monday 26th September
Phew. The last day of a busy week (well 10 days). Did you know that by 2050 with current rates of growth there will be more human made plastic in our Oceans than fish! In conjunction with Café Sci with have a world leading expert coming to talk to us about our oceans and how we a dumping millions of tonnes of un-degradable plastic into them every year.
Want to know more?
Details of times and dates of all events are here Green Week Programme Final August 2016.
Do please come along to as many events as you can. We are always short of volunteers so if you want to help out at any event contact us or the organizers.
Thanks – and please share with friends.