The focus is on fun at eco event

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AN eco-event next weekend aims to boost the town’s green credentials and show people that environmentalism can be fun.

The EcoFabulous family fun day takes place at the adventure playground in Upper Broomgrove Road, Ore, next Saturday (June 18) with workshops, demonstrations, live music and a host of children’s activities.

And the organisers are hoping the event - which is striking out on its own this year after formerly being part of the Pathway to Construction - will prove popular with community groups, businesses and families alike.

Carol Biggs, of The Hastings Trust which co-ordinates the event, said: “We want to showcase all the green activities going on in this area and bring people together. There is lots happening in Hastings and St Leonards but sometimes it can be a bit disjointed. Hopefully this will strengthen the whole environmental network here - there is so much potential.”

There will be strawbale building, lime plastering and traditional construction demonstrations, face painting, junk modelling, den building and woodcraft skills for youngsters, energy efficiency advice from sponsors Osborne Energy, t-shirt designing, talks on heritage and fair trade, live music from the Rufus Stone Band, Folkmi and Weezy J and much more.

And a key part of the event is a competition to design a vision for the future of Hastings Pier in art, mixed media or painting, in conjunction with The Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust. There will be prizes for different categories and the best entry will get a special plank on the pier when it is rebuilt.

And Mrs Biggs said it was important to strike the right balance between getting the right messages across and having fun.

“We have tried to get a mixture of things and there really will be something for everyone. We have got major businesses alongside people who design jewellery and clothes from recycled materials. We hope people will come for all sorts of different reasons and end up having a really enjoyable day.

“We are very excited that it’s in Ore because the playground is a fantastic spot,” she added.

The event takes place between 10am and 4pm.