Saving money and the planet at festival

Mohamed Shahan and Ahab Ur Rehman join with the junk band at Sustainable Living Festival at The Foru

Mohamed Shahan and Ahab Ur Rehman join with the junk band at Sustainable Living Festival at The Forum.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Families have been learning how to save money and the planet at a free two-day Sustainable Living Festival in the city.

A highlight of the festival, at the Forum, was the chance to join Community Music East's junk band and make music from big blue barrels, a recycled bicycle drum kit, pots and pans, tuned gas pipes and flip-flops.

Aimed at helping people lead more environmentally-friendly lives, the event is part of the work of a new Norwich City Council project called One Planet Norwich.

Information available on the day covered a range of topics from recycling, composting, water conservation, sustainable transport, energy efficiency, and how to plan a natural burial.

BBC Radio Norfolk's The Garden Party show broadcast live, with host Thordis Fridriksson sharing her tips on sustainable gardening.

Helen and Alex Krause, who live near Sewell Park in Norwich, brought along their children Emily, four, and Thomas, one, to the event.

Mr Krause said: 'We are just interested in recycling, saving electricity and doing our bit and being a bit more sustainable.'

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Mike Stonard, the council's cabinet member for environmental strategy, said around 5,000 attended the festival on Saturday and added: 'It's all about our ambition to make the city a more environmentally-friendly place and a sustainable place.

'We want to highlight all the little lifestyle changes people can make to contribute towards that.'

Also involved was the Broads Authority, which ran inter-active sessions helping people understand what will happen to wildlife when climate change and flooding occur.

Do you have a story about the environment? Call reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772474.