Saving money and the planet at festival
- 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.
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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.