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Downham Library creates a buzz around National Earth Day

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Downham’s Library held an Earth Day event last Friday to mark the Summer Solstice.

The event, organised by Downham Library Friends, created the chance for locals to learn about what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint.

Around 80 people attended, as well as pupils from Nelson Academy. They took part in quizzes, and online tests to measure their own carbon footprint.

Library manager Fran Valentine said: “It was a really fantastic day everyone enjoyed themselves, both adults and children. The horticultural society was there, as well as a display from the Food Bank.

“The children were very receptive to learning about food waste, and how unwanted food can help others.

“It was amazing, we had a hive and a beekeeper in the library who was giving away samples of honey to taste as well as teaching everyone about the importance of bees.”

Bob Brady from Protect the Seas also gave a talk on sustainable fishing and members of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign did a demonstration on how to use items such as kitchen roll tubes to grow vegetables.

Fresh fruit was donated by the local Morrisons and Tesco for visitors to feast on, and any skins were put on the compost heap of the library’s new community garden project.

Fran said: “Every child went home with a pack of seeds to have a go at growing at home. We also want to encourage people to join the new garden project, which was set up by Hardy Perennials veg club.”

The garden was built earlier this month, with locals kindly volunteering the use of a digger. The club intends to meet once of twice a month and aims to promote self-sustainability as well as reducing loneliness.

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