Green fun at celebration

Free the Seeds: Isadora Punnett, three, of Wirksworth makes a seed bomb at the Big Green Day in Wirksworth.

Free the Seeds: Isadora Punnett, three, of Wirksworth makes a seed bomb at the Big Green Day in Wirksworth.

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A CELEBRATION of the natural world took place in Wirksworth as the town hosted its fourth Big Green Day.

The event designed to promote living a greener lifestyle took place at community woodland Stoney Wood.

Food For All: Andy Pollack and John Bowie look to swap baskets of quinces and apples at the Big Green Day in Wirksworth.

Food For All: Andy Pollack and John Bowie look to swap baskets of quinces and apples at the Big Green Day in Wirksworth.

Families flocked to the wood to enjoy crafts and activities including story telling, face painting, junk modelling, pottery, games and quizzes.

A host of stalls were also on offer as well as beer and food.

The day also included a Fruit and Veg Swap Shop.

Gardeners had a chance to swap their surplus produce for other fresh goods.

Plentiful Produce: Jill Rapoport of the Wirksworth and District Community Growers with a selction of produce from their community garden at the Big Green Day.

Plentiful Produce: Jill Rapoport of the Wirksworth and District Community Growers with a selction of produce from their community garden at the Big Green Day.

A range of produce including vegetables, jams, wines or fruit were swapped at the event.

One of the organisers John Bowie said: “We know that people hate to see good food wasted, and the swap shop is a great opportunity to share surplus, and perhaps enjoy somebody else’s good harvest.”

Wirksworth mayor and keen gardener Andy Pollock said the Big Green Day was becoming an important fixture in the town’s calendar.

He added: “It was very successful. We had quite a lot of people there and it was a chance for organisations in town to show off their green credentials.

“Wirksworth as a town has got a thriving transition movement.

“We have got plenty of people who live here who care about the environment and we have a team of growers in Wirksworth as well as a community orchard.”