Environment Fayre

b-side and Island Community Action (ICA) are joining forces to deliver a special Environment Fayre for Portland this coming Saturday, 3rd June.

The event, which forms part of ICA and b-side’s larger ‘How to Look After an Island’ initiative, will also highlight the upcoming Great Big Green Week – the UK’s biggest community action event to protect nature and tackle climate change and environmental issues.

Local residents are invited to drop into the Fayre, between 11am to 4.30 pm, at the St. George’s Centre, Portland, DT5 2AN, in order to celebrate Portland’s amazing environment and discover more about the ways they can help support the natural world.

The event promises a wide range of free, fun, family friendly activities, including a Bug to Birds nature challenge, foraged art and stone carving. There will also be opportunities to create recycled art with Houseworks Dorset CIC and engage with a host of wild creatures, courtesy of Ants on a Rock. If that’s not enough, you’ll be able to create your own bee costumes and get buzzy with the Bee Circus and peep inside a beehive to discover what they do on their days off. You will also be able to find out about Eden Portland and Nottingham Trent University’s new Sign the Tree initiative. 

In addition, there are three bookable (paid for) activities on the day – a Herb Walk with local herbalist Andrew Cowling (£5), a BioBlitz and Foraging activity with Bushwhacker Tours (£5/children free) and a Cyanotype workshop (£3), creating printed art from sunlight.  

The event is part-funded by The Dorset Performing Arts Fund (via the Dorset Community Foundation), the National Lottery Community Fund, the Great Big Green Week (via Save the Children) and Arts Council England

For more information or to book the Herb Walk contact ICA via: 01305 823789, office@islandcommunityaction.org.uk or Facebook (Island Community Action – ICA).

To book the BioBlitz or Cyanotype workshop, contact b-side on: 01305 568044 or via the website at: b-side.  

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