Celebration of sustainable living

Tuesday 2nd October 2012 10:00 pm
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CHAGFORD will celebrate local sustainable living tonight (Thursday) as part of the fourth Dartmoor and Exmoor Low Carbon Festival.

Events have been taking place in a number of towns and villages on the two moors since October 1, celebrating local food, music, creativity and sustainable living.

Endecott House in Chagford will host a night of drinks and nibbles tonight from 7pm to 10pm, celebrating the Chagfood Community Garden and its vegetable box scheme.

The garden supplies seasonal fruit and vegetables to Chagford's residents, with local people responsible for the care and maintenance of the crops and garden.

The garden now has 70 members, and recently won a prize for its trade stand at Chagford Show.

The event is being hosted in conjunction with Proper Job, a recycling centre that has promoted sustainable community living for almost 20 years.

Other communities on Dartmoor hosting events are Holne and Ashburton. All the events are hosted by local sustainability groups, and supported by Dartmoor National Park Authority and Dartmoor Circle.

Richard Drysdale, sustainable development officer at Dartmoor National Park Authority, said: 'The festival is designed to highlight how people can reduce their carbon emissions and adapt to the ever growing pressures on our resources, with practical examples.

'We are proud to support these events, which celebrate the success of local people working together.'

Andrew Shadrake, the chair of Dartmoor Circle, a co-operative of climate change groups around Dartmoor, said: 'The festival events are an opportunity for people to discover how people are tackling climate change challenges, by building on the wonderful environment, food and traditions of Dartmoor. We hope lots of people will come and enjoy them.'

Events across the two moors run until Sunday, October 7. For full details visit http://www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk">www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk

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