Going Green in Regent’s Park

�Camden proved its green credentials and showcased its home-grown produce at the London Green Fair in Regent’s Park at the weekend.

The fair, which is the UK’s biggest free environmental event, attracted over 20,000 visitors. It originated in the borough and has been running for 20 years as the Camden Green Fair until it was rebranded this year.

The whole event was powered by renewable forms of energy such as wind, solar and hydrogen. The two-day festival featured global and local music from a pedal-powered stage, ethical fashion, a clothes swapshop, a children’s play area made from recycled textiles, a BikeFest and a London permaculture zone.

Manager Sinclair Eiloart said: “It was a great success, mainly due to the volunteers and our sponsors and supporters. We couldn’t have done it without them.”

The Camden Climate Action Network (CamdenCAN) a group of residents, schools and community groups who take action on climate change, hosted a transition stall, the aim of which was to promote sustainability in the area.

Alexis Rowell, joint coordinator of the network, said: “It was a glorious event. More than 1,000 people attended our stall despite the rain.

“Compared to previous years, there was an astonishing number of people who came for the fair because they were interested in the green agenda, rather than just passing by.

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“The Permaculture zone was great as it was full of quirky ways to show that design and human ingenuity can make fossil fuels last and create solutions that don’t leave waste.”

Camden Council hosted a stall and provided advice and information on becoming greener, including how to install insulation and renewable energy in the home.

Sustainability and transport boss Cllr Sean Birch said: “ It was great to see so many people have fun and see for themselves how easy it can be to green your lifestyle.”