Gardening expert to open eco fair

Gardeners’ Question Time expert Bob Flowerdew will be in Sudbury on Saturday to officially open an eco fair.

The seasoned gardening expert, broadcaster and writer, who lives in Norfolk, is travelling to the town for the event and will be around from 10am, when the fair opens at St Peter’s, until 1pm to meet people and see what is on offer. On the popular BBC Radio 4 show, he concentrates on fruits, vegetables, organic methods and scented plants.

Transition Sudbury, the environmental group organising the fair, says it is delighted to have the presenter and author attending and officiating.

Organiser Jane Hatton said: “This is a real coup for us to have Bob come along to open the fair and we are delighted he has accepted. We hope to see lots of people in Sudbury for the event.

“We will have demonstrations on growing your own vegetables and free seeds, knitting, felt-making and how to make your own wormery. We will also have live music and lots of different stalls selling local produce, and refreshments.”

Topics covered this year at the fair include reducing energy consumption, conservation, recycling and solar energy. The film 300 years of Fossil Fuels in 300 seconds will be running throughout the event and a new film Transition 2 is showing at 1pm.

Later today, Transition Sudbury is staging a forum on climate change and sustainable living at Sudbury Upper School in Tudor Road in the style of Question Time.

MP Tim Yeo, the Government’s energy and climate change committee chairman, will be on the panel along with John Taylor, community advisor for Suffolk Climate Change Partnership, Will Hitchcock, who founded Transition Nayland, Deborah Adams, communications manager for the International Energy Agency, and Josiah Meldrum, director of East Anglia Food Link and one of the co-founders of Sustainable Bungay, Suffolk’s first transition town,

The forum is free and doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start with refreshments available afterwards.