Festival fun for eco-warriors

John Phillips A TWO-DAY green festival was staged to help a legion of inquisitive children blossom into potential eco-warriors. Big Green Borough Day raised awareness of the environment on Abbey Green, Barking, giving youngsters the chance to mingle with farm animals,

John Phillips

A TWO-DAY green festival was staged to help a legion of inquisitive children blossom into potential eco-warriors.

Big Green Borough Day raised awareness of the environment on Abbey Green, Barking, giving youngsters the chance to mingle with farm animals, make music with junk percussion instruments, attend green circus workshops and meet New Age cyclists and recyclers.

The annual fun event, held for schools on Friday and families on Saturday, drew hundreds of visitors.


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Staff from Wellgate Farm, Collier Row, answered questions about animals and the environment after bringing a menagerie of almost 20 animals, including sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and geese on Saturday.

Wellgate education and training co-ordinator Tracey Twomey, 24, said: "Everyone seemed to be happy. There were lots of smiling faces.

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"The children were all full of questions, which is nice, not what the adults tend to ask and try to get answers to.

"It was really good and nicely organised too.

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