Hardwick Hall’s Go Green event

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Families keen to find out how to kick start a greener lifestyle will get their chance during a special Go Green event at Derbyshire’s Hardwick Hall on Sunday 28th August.

The National Trust owned estate, near Chesterfield, will be showing just how easy it is to become environmentally friendly with a full programme of activities, demonstrations and displays designed to inspire.

Between 11am and 4pm, there will be the opportunity to pick up energy saving tips and ideas on recycling as well as buy sustainable products and try out organic and local foods.

The event, which takes place in what will be Hardwick’s newly extended visitors facilities in the Stableyard, is free with a small charge of just £2 for car parking.

Among the activities planned for children are a range of eco games and the option to make bug homes or recycle plant pots and plant seeds. Meanwhile adults can check out the recycling roadshow, charcoal making and sawmilling or have a go at pole lathing.

There will also be regular tours of the Stableyard where visitors can get a preview of the high-tech ‘green energy’ project. As part of the redevelopment of the Elizabethan estate, several eco-friendly measures have been introduced. This includes a pioneering biomass boiler, which will heat the new restaurant, shop, exhibition areas and community space when they open next year.

Jo Rawson, Community Learning Officer, said: “There will be so much for families to do during the day. We’ve a wide range of activities planned for all ages from games for the children to food tasting, displays and tours. Here at Hardwick we are doing all we can to become a ‘sustainable estate’ and we hope that by showing our visitors what we are doing that we will inspire families to make changes at home.”

The exhibitors at the Go Green event include: Forest to Furniture with a display of sustainable wood products; Derbyshire Eco Centre; Groundwork Creswell; Derbyshire County Council; Ropers Honey; Bolsover Cycling Club and Recycling Roadshow with Junk to Funk.