ENVIRONMENTALLY-friendly fun was the order of the day when the Shakeapeare Birthplace Trust threw open the gates to the garden of Hall’s Croft in Stratford.
The Sustainable Shakespeare Community Fun Day was held on Saturday (September 24) as part of The Great Big Green Week and was geared at teaching families how to look after the nature in their own back gardens, with a Shakespearean twist.
A paw print trail helped participants discover more about Shakespeare’s love of nature and how it influenced his work.
And there were also a host of hands-on sessions including making bird feeders.
Forest of Hearts showed how to make bug hotels and sustainable craft activities included making an Autumn Crown fit for a Shakespearean monarch.
Andrew Anderson, environmental health officer at the trust, said: “Sustainability is an incredibly important subject but it doesn’t mean that it can’t be discussed in such a way that isn’t engaging and fun.
“In the same way that, as a trust, we celebrate Shakespeare in all things, we also have an environmental pledge to be carbon-neutral by 2030 and this also means educating and inspiring our audiences to join us in this commitment.
“As in all things, it is the man himself that says it best – ‘One touch of nature makes the whole world kin’ and that’s what we want to inspire during our family day. Everyone doing their part to support the delicate biodiversity in our local area will, in turn, support the wider eco-system.”
And more events are taking place across Stratford as part of The Great Big Green Week – a national campaign running until Sunday (October 2).
These include Stratford Town Trust’s riverside walk, a visit to a solar farm, a meeting of the Wheely Wonderful Ladies Bike Group at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, a moth count at St James’ Church in Alveston and a Rubbish Friends litter pick starting at Foundation House.
Visit greatbiggreenweek.com/green-week-events/great-big-green-week-stratford-upon-avon/ for a full list of events.