Eco Fair brings community together in fight to save the planet

Petersfield’s first ever eco fair has been hailed a huge success after hundreds of people joined together to raise awareness of climate change. 

The event, which was held on Sunday at the Heath and organised by PeCAN in conjunction with Petersfield Town Council, saw people from across the local community team up to celebrate earth-friendly living. 

Falling the day before the first ever national emergency red extreme heat warning came into effect, there couldn't have been a more appropriate time to host the event.

With extreme weather events set to become more common in future, it offered the opportunity to talk about what we can all do to help. 

Amelia Gabriel, who organised the event on behalf of PeCAN, said: “The eco fair was a huge success and we would like to say a massive thank you to everybody who came along to celebrate our planet and to raise awareness of the plight of climate change. 

“The fact that it happened the day before an extreme heatwave just goes to show how important it is that we do our bit to protect our planet. 

“Climate change is real and is happening now and we are encouraged to see so many people from across our community with a passion for an eco-friendly lifestyle. 

“It was a wonderful day and I am thrilled with the amazing turnout.” 

There were different areas of focus which included low waste living, green travel, nature and biodiversity and home energy. 

As well as commercial stalls there was also musical entertainment, activities for children and food and drink to enjoy. 

Meanwhile, a competition was held for one lucky winner to win a free home retrofit plan as part of the Petersfield Area Super Homes project. 

People were given the opportunity to learn more about making their homes more energy efficient by insulating, getting heat pumps fitted and getting solar panels installed. 

Temporary bikes racks were installed and were very well used.  PeCAN is encouraging the town council to consider installing racks to encourage more people to cycle to the Heath. 

Students from The Petersfield School's Eco Committee also attended and talked to visitors about the changes they have been making in their school in a bid to make it more sustainable.