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Workington Green Space Gardens during Great Big Green Week 2023

Great Big Green Week – A great big Cumbrian climate celebration!

Over 70 events took place last June as part of Great Big Green Week – all with one thing in common – to celebrate climate positive action that is taking place across the county.

The diversity and spread of projects was impressive; events took place across Cumbria, reaching across a wide geographical area and to a wide variety of age groups.  From smaller events such as litter picking through to full days demonstrating planting and composting. Groups explored mental health issues and gave talks about topics from energy saving through to low-carbon transport. Practical sessions encouraged the creation of ‘seed bombs’ and explored upcycling projects.

The week also saw the launch of two new projects really highlighting the depth and breadth of thinking in Cumbria  – the launch of Ragtag Arts outreach service and The Rebuild Site’s Tool Library. Both projects which provide a new service in Cumbria designed to encourage the reuse and recycling of materials.

Opportunities were taken to really build on the long term impact of climate action – such as Sustainable Keswick’s ‘Derwentwater water monitoring training’ – organised by the West Cumbria Rivers Trust and supported the training of 20 volunteers to support the monitoring of water quality over the summer.

Funding was provided for some projects – from the National Lottery ZCC fund, Cumberland Council and Westmorland and Furness Council.

Dates for next year have also confirmed: 8th – 16th June 2024. So, get thinking of how we can build on the success of this year!

Picture is Workington Green Space Mansion Gardens.

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