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King’s Lynn Earth Day Celebration raises environment issues at St John’s Church



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A bike clinic, recycling games, face painting, making bee hotels and more featured at an Earth Day Celebration at St John’s Church in Lynn on Saturday.

Many local groups, including Fenland and West Norfolk Friends of the Earth, King’s Lynn Klimate Concern, West Norfolk XR, WisWin gave the public information, practical tips, and a chance to talk about current environmental issues.

Alastair Kent, committee member of Fenland and West Norfolk Friends of the Earth, said: "We had a positive reaction from the public and there must have been several hundred people coming into the church and visiting the stalls to engage with the various environmental charities and groups.

Earth Day Celebration at St John's Church King's Lynn on Saturday, April 23. From left: Monika Saganowska and Alastair Kent (Friends of the Earth), Lucy Defenzi and Vicki Price (vegan stall), Cliff Goodman (Friends of the Earth & vegan stall), Linda Graham and Jenny Walker (Extinction Rebellion). MLNF-22PM04150
Earth Day Celebration at St John's Church King's Lynn on Saturday, April 23. From left: Monika Saganowska and Alastair Kent (Friends of the Earth), Lucy Defenzi and Vicki Price (vegan stall), Cliff Goodman (Friends of the Earth & vegan stall), Linda Graham and Jenny Walker (Extinction Rebellion). MLNF-22PM04150

"The aim was to demonstrate a lot of people have got concerns."

Mr Kent pointed out that many species of bee do not swarm and are in fact solitary, so a bee hotel of perhaps an old pine cone or hollow cane is somewhere they can hide, lay eggs and reproduce.

He said: "If you provide suitable habitats, hopefully that will encourage them and keep up the biodiversity.

"It's the first time we've been in St John’s Church. Because it's such a central location, it attracted such a lot of interest.

"A lot of children are naturally interested in natural world.

"The children of today are hopefully the scientists and environmentalists of tomorrow and we want to encourage them."

Volunteers from the Repair Collective ran a bike repair stand to answer any queries about bike care before the summer inspires cycling trips and a pre-loved clothing rail encouraged conversations around sustainable fashion.

• Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970. You can find out more about the event here.



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