Camden Green Fair

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The London Green Fair (previously known as the Camden Green Fair and Bikefest) is held on the first Sunday in June from 12noon - 7pm, at Regent's Park in London, England, coinciding with World Environment Day. The Fair aims to inspire Londoners to help make their capital a world-class Green City, letting visitors find out about the huge and growing number of sustainable companies, products, campaigns, and lifestyle choices that are available to all, every day. In 2011, the fair evolved to become known as the London Green Fair and in 2012 it celebrated its 20th anniversary and the event was held, for the first time across two days. The event does not allow camping. Admission is free.

History[edit]

The Camden Green Fair began as a Camden focused event in 1991 by a group of local environmental activists, with the aim of raising awareness within their community of various environmental issues. The Fair was originally held in St. James Gardens. The fair began to grow in size year on year, and in 2005 moved to a much bigger, higher profile site in Regent's Park. In 2008 they hald the World's Largest Fairtrade Tea Dance to raise awareness of food sustainability and Fairtade, and were awarded an Outstanding Award by A Greener Festival Award [1][1] for their environmental performance. The organisers now claim that it is one of the UK’s largest free green events,[2] attracting some 30,000 visitors each year.

Organisation[edit]

The Camden Green Fair was a registered charity (number 1123370) and was run by a board of trustees. In 2011 the event became known as the London Green Fair and changed its status to a Community Interest Company, no.07523337. The event has a small staff team who organise and co-ordinate site production, operations, marketing and communications, volunteer management, health and safety and booking stalls and features for each fair. The vast majority of work is undertaken by unpaid volunteers. More than 60 local and national organisations appear at the Fair.

The entire event is powered using specially designed solar, wind and hydrogen fuel cell power. Waste is collected for composting and as much waste is recycled by eliminating items that cannot be recycled from the site altogether.

Regular attractions[edit]

Bikefest[edit]

In 2001 the Bikefest was introduced to the London Green Fair and has become a key feature. Held on Chester Road it allows visitors to try a variety of bikes including ones for carrying children, as well as explaining bike security and safety. The Bikefest also features the popular "Dr Bike" area you can take your bike for a quick check-up and light repairs. The Bikefest is organised each year by the Camden Cycling Campaign Director Stefano Casalotti.

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Greener Festival Award
  2. ^ Camden Green Fair & Bikefest Official website

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