HUNDREDS of people enjoyed a fun-filled family day to boost eco-awareness among residents of all ages.
The EcoFabulous event at the adventure playground in Ore was hailed as a huge success after 600 visitors braved the rain for the event which featured stalls, live music, workshops and interactive demonstrations.
Organiser Carol Biggs, from The Hastings Trust, said: “To have 600 people there was amazing especially given the weather. There really was something for everyone and the whole array of stalls and discussions worked very well.”
There was a competition for local schools to design their perfect pier, straw bale building led by a group of French visitors, a host of ideas for homeowners and traders to help them go green and displays put on by Sussex Coast College students.
“Both children and adults got involved which was great - it was lovely having the schools contributing and everyone loved having the French group there. They built an eco chateau which is going to be a permanent structure at the playground. Everyone was sharing ideas and I think we have established a really strong platform to build on for next year,” she added.
The event even had its own currency with visitors using ‘ecos’ instead of pounds to buy things around the site. Mayor Kim Forward, who opened the day, was very impressed. She said: “It was a fantastic event and attracted hundreds of visitors to the many activities which were showcasing practical examples of eco-construction techniques,” she said. “It was such fun - so much to do and see with live music from local bands and delicious food from the Bridge Cafe.”
The organisers thanked The Bridge Centre, In2Play and Hastings Borough Council for their support and believe the EcoFab project - which has secured European funding for the next two years - will go from strength to strength.