Energy savers flock to eco fair

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Hayfield’s first Eco Fair saw several hundred people attend Hayfield Primary School to find out more about a wide range of environmental subjects.

The Fair was held at the end of the school’s own Environment Week, which saw all classes at the school pursuing their own projects. The school then held an ‘open afternoon’ to showcase work done to parents and visitors.

“The Eco Fair complemented work we’re doing to promote children’s environment awareness,” said headteacher Claire Fisher.

Plenty of environmental products were available, most of them freely given out. They included draught-proofing and insulation materials, pipe and boiler jackets, ‘grow your own’ gardening kits, heat reflectors and items geared to saving water.

Refreshments were made by both parents and children, with some featuring the ‘go green’ message, such as cakes decorated as solar panels!

Sustainable Hayfield organised the Eco Fair, with funding support from Climate East Midlands.

The group’s Chair, Cath Moss, said: “The Fair was a great success. There was a real hubbub, and lots of interest. At one point, the crowds meant it was hard to get into the Fair.

“Almost all stocks of free items have found good homes, and quite a few people signed up to receive more information in future.”

The residents of Hayfield also made generous gifts of their own with almost £300 donated by visitors to the school’s Eco Fund, to help pay for environmental improvements around the school.

“This shows how events like this can benefit all sections of the community,” added Cath.