Children’s Book Reading – Tina Talbot, author of The Survival Super Squad series of books, will be reading one of her stories, ‘The Daring Droplets: World Water Cycle Team’, at 11 am and 12.45pm. Join in for family-fun interactive storytelling and drawing activities aimed at 4-8 year olds.
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Tina hopes to inspire a new generation to love and help nature thrive through her clever and engaging book series.
Children’s Woodwork Workshop – Solo Wood Recycling will be running a workshop for 5-11 year olds making things out of wood offcuts, teaching them to use tools and make their own toys.
There were a wide range of stalls at the Eco Fair including:
Sustainable Epsom and Ewell – Come along and meet the Sustainable Epsom and Ewell team, learn about ways to reduce your environmental impact and help us lobby for action and change! Browse our website for more information about living sustainably in Epsom and Ewell or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Dr Bike – Bring your bike along for a free cycle check. The full list of bike parts that are checked during a Dr Bike session can be viewed on the Epsom and Ewell Cycling Action Group website. After checking your bike, cyclists are given a Dr Bike checklist so that, after you have been shown how to use it, you can check your own bike every month or so.
Honey and Bamboo – Bring along your containers to buy refills of store cupboard and cleaning items. Honey and Bamboo is our local zero waste shop which can be found on the High Street in Ewell. For more information check out their website.
Epsom and Ewell Tree Advisory Board – The Epsom & Ewell Tree Advisory Board (EETAB) is a well-established volunteer group helping to safeguard the Borough’s trees. Come along and find out about the practical work EETAB carry out and how you can help. Their projects include: planting in parks and schools, protecting existing trees in the Borough and promoting tree planting projects, particularly the replacement of street trees.
Elms over Epsom – Elms over Epsom are a local group planting disease resistant elms back into the Epsom tree-scape. They locate and identify surviving elms in Epsom and beyond. They share the locations to other experts to help with elm research and raise awareness of our elm heritage. Epsom can boast surviving trees of all the traditional types as well as modern DEDresistant varieties. You can follow Elms over Epsom on Facebook.
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council – Meet the Environment and Sustainability Project Officer from our local borough Council and find out about the Council’s plans to reduce their carbon emissions. For more information see the Council’s website.
Epsom Repair Café – Find out more about Epsom’s Repair Café which is open on the 3rd Saturday of the month between 2pm-5pm at Epsom Methodist Church.
BeesMAX (M Gale member of Epsom Beekeepers) – Come along and meet local beekeeper Mark Gale to find out more about his beehive at St Martins Primary School and his organisation BeesMAX , Look on his YouTube channel for more information about reversing the decline of the UK bee population. There will be a short video to watch and real honey comb to see.
Epsom Common Association – The Epsom Common Association supports the preservation and protection of Epsom Common, a Local Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Ecovols is the volunteer group of the Epsom Common Association, who carry out a variety of conservation projects on the Common throughout the year.
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council Countryside Team – The Countryside Team is responsible for managing biodiversity and improving public access on Epsom Common Local Nature Reserve, Horton Country Park Local Nature Reserve and the Hogsmill Local Nature Reserve in accordance with the site management plans. In addition, the Team coordinate the delivery of the Epsom & Ewell Local Biodiversity Action Plan and comment on planning applications in reference to their impact on the borough’s biodiversity.
Lower Mole Partnership – The Lower Mole Partnership comprises boroughs, districts and other organisations and has been in existence since 1983. It was the first countryside management project to be established in the north Surrey area. The Partnership has built up a large and enthusiastic, dedicated volunteer group which carries out a wide range of practical conservation tasks. They implement improvements to the local countryside, 3 days a week (Tues, Weds, Thurs), whatever the weather, throughout the year.
Surrey Wildlife Trust – Surrey Wildlife Trust is a local charity working to connect and protect nature across our county. Find out more about the work they do to protect wildlife across Surrey, both on their nature reserves and through their work with others.
Sustainable Fashion – Learn about the cost of fast fashion as well as the opportunities to dress sustainably including clothes repair, visible mending and up-cycling
Home Energy Efficiency – Find out how to improve the efficiency of your home using simple, inexpensive measures.
Wildlife Gardening and Hedgehogs – Learn about wildlife-friendly gardening from a local expert.
Surrey Pension Act Now – Surrey Pension Act Now (SPAN) are calling for Surrey County Council’s Pension Fund to remove the pension funds from investments in fossil fuels. “Surrey Pension Fund is using tax payer money to fund climate breakdown and the destruction of ecosystems that life on earth depends on.”
Epsom Civic Society – The Epsom Civic Society (ECS) seeks to protect and enhance the heritage and green spaces of Epsom, while encouraging good design in new building which is sympathetic to the context in which it is situated. This year is of particular importance as Epsom and Ewell Borough Council are preparing their Local Plan for consultation. The Local Plan will guide decisions on the type of future development proposals and address the needs and opportunities within our Borough. The ECS is in a unique position to assess and understand the implication of the Local Plan on our town. As such the fair will be a great opportunity to understand more about the role that the ECS can play in shaping Epsom and Ewell’s built environment and how to support them in doing so. Find out more about the society and their work here .
Sutton Community Farm – Find out about the veg box scheme from our local community farm to receive a regular delivery of the farm’s fresh vegetables. Buy food made with freshly harvested vegetables from the farm. There will also be free recipe cards available. For more details about Sutton Community Farm and how to order a VegBox see here.
In addition to the stalls there was also information available about the following initiatives and groups:
Terracycle – There will be a display about the wide range of Terracycle recycling schemes and the local collection points.
Library of Things – Sutton now has its own Library of Things, a place where you can borrow useful things for your home, projects and adventures.