Hope Street turned green at the weekend as it hosted a special Year of the Environment themed fayre.


Organisations came out in force selling a wide range of environmentally friendly goods from fashionable, reusable bags to free range eggs.


Liverpool City Council's executive member for the environment, Councillor Berni Turner, said: ‘‘There is normally a farmers market here every three weeks, but we’ve added a lot more stalls to make it more of a ‘fayre’ as it’s the Year of the Environment. We also want to attract students to the event, as you can get some really good bargains.’’


Bagsyit, selling reusable bags were also part of the green fayre. Owner, Emma Henderson, said: ‘‘We’ve only just started up as a company selling fashionable alternatives to plastic bags. We also have a website, which attracts a lot of attention.’’


Liverpool City Council’s recycling team were encouraging people not to waste food and were giving away seeds, recyclable mouse mats and pens.


Recycling in student halls is also an ongoing campaign by Liverpool City Council to increase the number of recycling bins for students. Team member Sally Collier, said: ‘‘We’ve only just started putting bins in student halls and the recycling rate has gone up from 9% to 28% so we’re continuing to encourage students to use their bins.’’


Liverpool’s Park Rangers were promoting the city’s parks, woodland and green open spaces and encouraging people to take part in their busy events calendar, which includes kite making, tree planting and even a salsa evening.


Richard Baker, Park Ranger, said: ‘‘We’re here to tell people what’s going on in our parks, there’s something for everyone.’’


Other stalls at the fayre included Mildmay House homeless centre, which were selling plants to raise money for a trip to Alton Towers, Greek Oil Direct, retailing a variety of different cooking oils and farmers trading their home grown produce.


Green fayre hit for Hope Street

By Amy Swift, News Editor

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