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Join us for Great Big Green Week and support our climate and ecological emergency

Published Monday 6 September, 2021
Last updated on Monday 6 September, 2021

Swale Borough Council is supporting local organisations and community groups to host 27 events around Swale for Great Big Green Week.

Seventeen local organisations are hosting a variety of events ranging from litter picks and webinars to art workshops and a giant whale installation circus to celebrate action on the climate and ecological emergency for the week-long event.

Great Big Green Week is a national week of events running from Saturday, 18 to Sunday, 26 September ahead of the global climate conference, COP26, in November.

The council has worked with The Climate Coalition to provide over £5,000 funding to support local events around the borough.

Cllr Tim Valentine, cabinet member for the climate emergency at the council, said:

“We’ve allocated 17 grants totalling over £5,000 to local businesses, organisations, groups and charities in support of their Great Big Green Week events.

“People can attend any of the 27 events including exhibitions, roadshows, litter picks, workshops, awareness days and tree planting starting on Saturday, 18 September.

“We have roadshows in Faversham, Sittingbourne and Sheerness throughout the week with 150 free pollinator-friendly plants to give away, and lots of fun events around the borough.

“In Faversham there will be a climate display at the Town Hall, a ‘Creek Clean’, ‘Outdoor Aviary’ craft workshop at the Rec and a talk from Mark Maslin – author of How to Save our Planet – at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. Circo Rumbaba’s 50-foot sperm whale will also be installed at the Rec to highlight the level of plastic in our oceans.

“In Sheppey there’ll be an awareness day at Beachfields, beach cleans at Minster, Garrison Point and Leysdown, and ‘Walk, talk, draw’ art workshops in Queenborough and Sheerness. Kooties will be trialling their sustainable school supplies and hosting an arts and craft workshop in Queenborough.

“In Sittingbourne there will be a youth forum for young people to pledge their actions on the climate emergency and a variety of events at Milton Creek Country Park including mindfulness workshop, turning old boots into bird boxes and making mutant flower artwork from plastic drinks bottles with a local artist. People can also join in orchard clearing and tree planting at Oare community orchard, create pollinator patches around Painters Forstal and Ospringe, and Diversity House will be hosting a week-long event.

There are lots of family activities to get involved in across the borough and we encourage everybody to get involved and help us tackle the climate and ecological emergency.”

For more information on how to get involved visit www.greatbiggreenweek.com/find-an-event.