Hundreds visit Chipping Sodbury Climate Fair

September 24 2021
Hundreds visit Chipping Sodbury Climate Fair

CHIPPING Sodbury held its first Climate Fair to raise awareness and spur action to tackle the crisis facing the world.

The event at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall was hosted by the town council, with members of Climate Action Yate and Chipping Sodbury (CAYACS) and volunteers organising a mix of exhibitors, talks, free giveaways, information and advice stalls.

There were activities for children, the chance to test ride an electric bicycle, talk to electric vehicle owners and a limited supply of free trees and wildflower seeds.

About 400 visitors attended the event on September 18, which included exhibitions from Sodbury Woodland and Nature group, Hedgehog Rescue Bristol and South Gloucestershire and Ecotricity.

A café with home-made cakes and hot drinks raised £222 for Cancer Research UK. 

CAYACS member Lydia Francisty said: "We are grateful to everyone who came and hope you enjoyed the day and learned something new.

"We are always looking for new people to get involved in our activities, including our Bee Friendly Front Gardens campaign, craftivism, activism, litter picking and similar."

STC and CAYACS aim to work with at all levels from residents, businesses and landowners to other councils.

They have started a programme to share information, local examples and guidance of how people can reduce their carbon footprint and restore nature

Anyone who would like to join CAYACS or has questions can email climateactionycs@gmail.com.

Chipping Sodbury Town Council declared a climate emergency in 2020 and has published an action plan on its website at www.sodburytowncouncil.gov.uk.

Town mayor James Ball said: "We are all responsible for the future of our planet and we can all make a difference, whether great or small that will help future generations.

"I am very pleased we were able to hold our first climate fair at the Town Hall that provided local residents with useful information on how we can all get involved and also raising funds for charity at the same time.

"I would like to thank Sodbury Town councillors on our climate team and also CAYACS for their help in organising the event and I urge all residents to look at what they can do to cut down their carbon emissions."

Photo: Emma Morrison and Sally Pattison of CAYACS at the Climate Fair. Picture by Rich McD Photography