KAREN CANNARD: Fair was celebration of our first year

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Spending much time away from Bury St Edmunds these days, I was delighted to be back on home turf for Sustainable Bury’s Green Fair.

Held at the Apex last Saturday, the event was packed with visitors, community groups and exhibitors.

Many people may still consider green and sustainable issues to be matters of theory or political decisions at a policy level that doesn’t involve them. Others might think that it’s all about knitting yogurt or ditching life as you know it to live in a yurt.

However, what I loved about the Green Fair is that it cut through all sorts of stereotypical thinking and focused on practical ideas for modern lifestyles that help us tackle matters such as rising energy bills with local solutions and other sustainable money saving ideas.

With professional experts on hand to fix bikes, solve computer problems and providing upcycling demonstrations, the event offered a vibrant platform for sharing knowledge and practical skills. And with advice on home-composting, gardening and saving energy costs, there was something for everyone.

This was the first event of its kind to be run by Sustainable Bury, which was only set up last year, but which is already making a valuable contribution to the local community. In just 12 months volunteers have worked hard to establish resourceful services, including swap shops, a supper club as well as a community herb garden at St John’s Centre.

As a trustee, I am proud of everything Sustainable Bury has achieved in such a short time. When it was first suggested that the team took over the running of the Green Fair after all the hard work invested by local councillor John Matthissen and volunteers over several decades, I confess I felt overwhelmed at the idea. It now feels like a great celebration of the first year.

Thank you to all who supported it and to everyone who helped make it happen!

If you missed it and would like to find out about future events, visit www.facebook.com/sustainablebury.

-- Karen Cannard