Greener Henley have organised a series of events for the national The Great Big Green Week – the UK’s biggest call for action on climate change and to protect nature from 24 September to 2 October 2022.
To kick off the week Greener Henley, supported by Henley Town Council, are hosting a Great Big Green Fair on Saturday 24 September, With over 30 stalls and green activities covering Market Place. There will be something for everyone to see, hear, touch, smell and taste – so come and green your senses! By special request Professor Fortey’s Fabulous Fungi Roadshow is returning again this year! Gillotts School’s Eco-Club will be joining us for the first time too.
Also, on the afternoon of Saturday 24, 2.00–4.00pm, Warriors on Waste are holding a River Clean on the Henley reach. This is a paddle board river clean, starting from the River and Rowing Museum jetty.
You can find out what local school children have discovered on protecting insects on a display in the Public Library all week. You can also see some of their brilliant work in the marquee Gallery at the Great Big Green Fair where awards will be presented to three local schools for their inspiring work in this year’s Environmental Science Challenge by the Mayor.
Local restaurants and cafes are also doing their bit for Great Big Green Week by participating in Green Dish of the Week, highlighting their vegetarian and plant based menus. You can click on the map below to see which restaurants and cafes are participating
Do you remember hunting for pictures of endangered species in Henley’s shop windows last year? Perhaps your family took part in the trail for Great Big Green Week. Well this year’s Great Big Green Week even more shops have joined in the trail organised by Greener Henley. This year all the participating shops and businesses are displaying a page from the A-Z of Easy Climate and Nature Solutions in their green window displays. Click on the map to see where you’ll find them. See if you can find all the letters of the alphabet displayed around the town. How many of the Climate and Nature solutions do you do already?
Sunday 25 September Walkers are Welcome in Henley is organising a Litter Pick on the footpaths and country roads in the area surrounding Henley. Meet at 10.30am in front of the Town Hall; please wear old clothes and bring gloves; please bring a litter picker if you have one otherwise there will be one for you to use. Bags to collect the rubbish in (preferably split between recyclables and non- recyclables) will be provided. If you would be able to help please contact email@example.com
Tuesday 27 September you can join an hour’s cycle ride around Henley at 12.00 noon, taking in the town, river and Gillotts Field. In the evening Greener Henley are hosting a public consultation at the Town Hall introducing their proposal for a Henley Sustainability Hub, led by Greener Henley’s Kate Oldridge. Find out more and book your FREE tickets here. https://henleysustainabilityhub.eventbrite.co.uk/
Wednesday 28 September there’s the opportunity to take part in a Churchyard working party at Trinity Church, Henley at 9:30am.
Thursday 29 September from 5.00-7.00pm, Greener Henley’s Business group are hosting a seminar for local businesses – ‘Green Tactics for Henley Businesses’. Experts will give their take on the priorities for action and local businesses will provide insights into the highs and lows of embracing sustainability. This is a FREE event, open to all. Tickets are available at https://greentactics.eventbrite.com
Sunday 2 October and to wrap the week up there will be a special film screening at the Regal cinema of a Climate Documentary “The Ants and The Grasshopper”. The film is about Anita, a subsistence farmer from Malawi who travels to America to talk to people from all walks of life about the impacts of climate change she’s already experiencing and to challenge their assumptions.
Come and celebrate how our local community is taking action to tackle climate change and protect nature.