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Cycle tours, green driving and alpacas at Havant eco event

Published in the Portsmouth News on Monday 7th May 2012

A GREEN festival is set to be the biggest and most informative event of its kind in Hampshire.

The second annual Havant Green Week runs for six days from June 18th.

It kicks off in Emsworth and there are more than 30 events – most of which are free – across Havant.

The week is the brainchild of the borough’s two leading green groups, Friends of the Earth and Havant Transition Network and is supported by Havant Council.

Co-ordinator Ray Cobbett, said: ‘After last year’s pilot show we wanted to widen our horizons and provide something practical for almost everybody with an interest in greener living.

‘That includes walks, talks on energy bills, greener driving, keeping bees and chickens growing your own food and local cycle tours. There is also a green business breakfast to which top company bosses have been invited, which is being hosted by Fasset.’

On the opening night at the Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, in East Street, a panel of leading environmentalists will discuss future challenges followed by a specially-commissioned humorous eco drama called Bottled performed by the SOOP theatre company.’

The week ends with a Family Fair in Havant Park on June 23rd with 60 stalls, live bands and treats for children including a chance to meet alpacas.

‘During a recession it’s easy to say being greener can wait,’ said Mr Cobbett. ‘But it’s an ideal time because often the green option can be the best value for money,’

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