Spring Green Fair an eco success

Buckingham’s Spring Green Fair takes place as part of its Climate Emergency Action Plan, an opportunity to champion environmentally friendly alternatives, showcase local conservation groups and encourage practical action by local people.

A fantastic turn out of visitors attended the Buckingham Spring Green Fair on Sunday 24th April. This year’s guests danced along to live music from Pete Thirlby & Dean Jones, Harvey Fowler & Mark Edwards and wandered along the ancient cattle pens area of Buckingham Town Centre, enjoying the sunshine and visiting stalls from local groups and businesses with an environmental focus.

Traders included local willow weaver, Adrian Bernet, who gave demonstrations, while children (and adults!) had a go at making their own willow crowns. Electric bikes and cars, community groups Berks, Bucks & Oxon wildlife trust, Buckingham Fairtrade Town and Buckingham Swift Town. Recycle4Bucks and Buckinghamshire Community Energy drew a crowd interested in reducing waste and save energy.

The Town Council put on a bee hunt – with 11 locally made knitted bees to find in amongst the stalls and gave away enough wildflower seeds to create an initial 120 metres square of wildflower corridors through residents’ gardens. Plans are being made to distribute another 300m² of seeds!

Chair of the events committee, Cllr. Robin Stuchbury said: “Firstly, it was tremendous to have so many groups and organisations to support the event, it was good to have the support of officers, throughout the day and Councillors who manned different stalls in support of the community groups. I look forward to repeating these type of events in the coming year – the music built a fantastic ambience but what was so wonderful was seeing children taking away wildflower seeds and willow crowns, giving a green, rustic and environmental feel to the day’s activities. Lastly, well done to everyone who took part and came along.”

Spring Green Fair

Do you care about the environment and how it affects you? If so, pop along to Buckingham’s Spring Green Fair on Sunday 24th April in Buckingham centre between 10am and 2pm.

There will be a range of stalls sharing information on community projects, environmental campaigns, and sustainable business innovations. There will be a practical willow weaving demonstration, children’s activities, and information stalls.

Pick up some wildflower seeds to sow in your garden and help pollinating insects.
Relax in the giant deck chair while enjoying an ice cream from Marks Ices, coffee from Totally Awesome Coffee or cake from Bee’s Kitchen.

Cllr Robin Stuchbury, Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee said “This year, in line with the Town Council’s aims from the Town Meeting we will be celebrating the environment.

Many participants are supporting the event. Please join us and be part of the future and hopefully together we will find some solutions to improve our local environment.”

Cllr Sue Hetherington will be raising awareness about common swifts and steps people can take to help swifts in and around Buckingham. Interested in putting up a swift box? Visit Men in Sheds on their stall.

Bucks Community Energy will be there to talk to you about renewable energy. Buckingham Town Council will have information on the Town Council’s Climate Emergency plan.

Other stall holders include Butterfly Conservation Trust, BucksEVs with electric vehicles and Fully Charged electric bikes, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, Buckingham, Winslow District Scouts, Planet Refill, El Finca Monte, Buckingham Fairtrade, Natalie Jane Candles, Buckingham Canal Society and Recycle4Bucks