Eco-festival which featured Chris Packham to return in person this year

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Chris Packham spoke as part of North Norfolk District Council's online Greenbuild festival. - Credit: Danielle Booden

A long-running festival promoting eco-awareness is preparing for its first physical event in three years.

Greenbuild, North Norfolk District Council’s environmental festival, is being held in Fakenham this September and will be in person for the first time since 2019.

For the past two years, the event has been held virtually due to coronavirus restrictions. 

But this year, it will be hosted as a hybrid event, featuring virtual talks during the week, and an in-person event held in Fakenham Market Place and other locations around the town, with support from Fakenham Town Council.

Alongside the physical and virtual events, there will also be satellite events, including wildlife tours and a guided coastal walk.

Plants for sale at Greenbuild. Picture: NNDC

Plants for sale at Greenbuild. Picture: NNDC - Credit: Archant

Greenbuild is NNDC’s long-running annual environmental event which looks at ways people, their communities, and local businesses can pull together to build a sustainable future in North Norfolk. 

The festival explores issues surrounding climate change and biodiversity. 

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The council’s live event on September 10 will include speakers, which NNDC said they will be announcing "very soon".

A scene from a previous Greenbuild event. Picture: NORTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL

A scene from a previous Greenbuild event. Picture: NORTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL - Credit: Archant

People can also participate in activities such as a community music-making workshop and a tree ID trail. They can also learn new sustainable skills such as composting, how to upcycle your clothes and how to make your home more energy efficient.

There will also be pop-up stalls, where you can buy and eat Norfolk produce and support local businesses both at the event and in Fakenham.

Nigel Lloyd, portfolio holder for environmental services, climate change and environment, said: “I am so pleased that we are able to once again host NNDC’s flagship Greenbuild in North Norfolk.

North Norfolk District Council environment portfolio holder Nigel Lloyd

North Norfolk District Council environment portfolio holder Nigel Lloyd - Credit: Nicholas Manthorpe

"Last year's virtual Greenbuild event was a great success that attracted a varied group of interesting speakers, all presented by experts in their field, ranging from local seaweed industry to growing your own veg, from fast fashion to NNDC's own climate change agenda with many other topics covered.”

2021’s virtual Greenbuild featured speakers such as Chris Packham, Jake Fiennes, Dr Sophie Day, Dr Ella Gilbert, and the launch of the council’s carbon reduction strategy.

The Greenbuild event at Felbrigg Hall has attracted around two thousand visitors. Picture: NNDC

A previous Greenbuild event at Felbrigg Hall - Credit: Archant

All events are free and open to all.

Find out more about Greenbuild at www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/greenbuild