Chorlton Big Green Festival

April 15, 2010 by  

The South Manchester town of Chorlton-cum-Hardy kept print companies in Chorlton busy these last few weeks with its ‘Big Green Festival’. The Big Green Festival, as the name suggests, is Chorlton’s attempt to aid the environment and raise awareness for ecological matters – for which Chorlton is renowned around Manchester, being known as the eco-hub of the city.

The Big Green Festival was located in several areas of Chorlton, including Chorlton CofE Primary and St Clement’s Church – both of which were filled with scarecrows that had been made by local schoolchildren.

It wasn’t just the schoolchildren who got into the spirit of making scarecrows either, as local businesses, including print companies in Chorlton, joined in to produce their own scarecrows. These were displayed proudly on Wilbraham Road and Beech Road.

The more active Chorlton residents even took part in a cycle parade that saw 40 cyclists, riding their own specially decorated bikes, around the area. For those who didn’t have the energy to take part in the pedal powered procession, there were two stages laid on to provide entertainment in the shape of singers and band. Being an eco-event, one of the stages was even solar powered.

This year’s Big Green Festival was a roaring success, attracting 6,000 visitors (2,000 more than last year’s).

One of the organisers of the festival, Clare Conlan, commented:

It went really well and it was great that the sun shone all day.

It was great to have extra space this year with the school being used and I think it shows that more and more people are interested in learning about living sustainably.

It’s definitely important to let people see that being environmentally friendly is fun.