Eco Fest and Big Lunch

It was a big weekend for Gwyrddio Penarth Greening (GPG). They held their first Eco-fest on Saturday 17th July and hosted a ‘Big Lunch’ on Sunday 18th July

The Eco-fest was a chance to demonstrate the various projects that the group are undertaking. The Plot share scheme, which partners those with spare garden space with keen gardeners who perhaps do not own gardens, had a display of home grown vegetables which were offered as the prize to the winner of the Eco quiz. A quite unusual scarecrow made from vegetables was used to draw attention to this project.  Lady Greening, as she was known for the day, drew a lot of attention!

Local food shops provided an enticing range of displays showcasing good local food in a Taste of Penarth stall. Some of these retailers will be participating in a Loyalty Card scheme, to be launched in September, when around 20 participating stores will sell the loyalty card which offers discounts on selected goods.

The Windsor Fruit Store, Brutons, Arth Wines, Sadlers, Jo’s Organics, Thompsons, Davod Lush Butchers and Umpalumpa, the sweet shop, all generously donated prizes for the raffle.

There was also an impressive colourful display of the children’s entries to the Penarth Bag for Life Competition. The winning entry from Fairfield School will be printed on the bags which are to be distributed free to year 6 students.

Using only locally bought produce, a three course dinner for four people was cooked for under £5 demonstrating that local food can suit the tightest family budget.

And finally the Mayor and Mayoress were welcomed to the Kymin by the group and shown around the festival before having a photo opportunity in front of the Green Lady with all the volunteers and helpers.   GPG were delighted with the event which brought in many visitors.  Vice-chair, Catherine Wenger said “this has been a really good day and proves to us that you can talk about green issues in a positive way and have fun at the same time”

On Sunday GPG organised a picnic lunch at Cosmeston as part of the Eden Project’s Big Lunch celebration as an opportunity to share good food and company.

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