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St Andrew’s Eaton Eco Fair 2023

May 13, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Our focus this year will be on the biodiversity of our local neighbourhood. Species and habitat loss are increasing at an alarming rate across the world, threatening the ecosystems on which we all depend. Our Eco Day will explore what can be done locally to safeguard and protect our own part of God’s creation.

Throughout the day there will be walks (approx. 2-3 miles), talks and stalls. For ‘early-birds’ there will be an opportunity to join Phil Atkinson for a birdwatching walk around Marston Marsh at 7am.

Our day in church will be opened with a talk from Hannah Grey, a member of A Rocha UK, a Christian charity which provides support and encouragement to churches of all denominations to care for God’s creation. We are one of 4,300 churches who have registered with their Eco Churches scheme since 2016.

Mark Webster, who has thirty years’ experience in nature conservation, will be speaking of its relevance to churchyards and what can be done to encourage birds and other wildlife.  Matt Tomlinson will tell us about The Strawberry Field, a community grassland area next to UEA with one of the best views of the Yare Valley, which is now being managed to encourage biodiversity.  Both Mark and Matt will be leading guided walks after their talks.

Meadow Harvest, one of the stallholders, will give a talk on the development of their organic vegetable growing site and will be selling some of their produce.  Our other stalls are: Earthglade, who will be selling items which produce ‘eco-friendly solutions to everyday living’; Water and Earth, who sell ethically-produced soaps and toiletries; Daphne and Doreen from Mulbarton who will be showcasing and selling their seasonal flowers; and last but not least Seagreen Soap selling cleaning products as well as soaps.

Programme of Talks and Walks

7.00     Birdwatching walk on Marston Marshes with Phil Atkinson

10.00   Hannah Grey, A Rocha UK

10.30   Mark Webster, The Conservation Volunteers (followed by churchyard walk at 11)

11.00   Refreshments, available for remainder of event

11.15   Ben Phillips and Jan Howard, Meadow Harvest

12.15   Matt Tomlinson, John Innes Centre (followed by walk to The Strawberry Field, with option of continuing to UEA Meadow)

All talks will be held in St Andrew’s New Church, and entrance is free, though donations will be taken for the work of St Andrew’s Eco Church Team. Places on The Birdwatching and The Strawberry Field walks will need to be booked in advance at, or by calling Marilyn Evans on 01603 461363.

Please note: parking at the Church Hall will be limited to stallholders and Blue Badge holders only.


May 13, 2023
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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