When not just the tree is green in Birmingham this Christmas…

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When not just the tree is green in Birmingham this Christmas…

Northfield Eco-Centre held a Christmas Fayre at its Church Road base on Saturday 4th December. The event showcased local and ethical gift ideas as well as the centre’s wide range of regular activities and environmental information.

The compact centre next to Northfield library was busy with people, much to the joy of the stallholders and Eco-centre staff. Edible gifts and treats were high on the agenda for shoppers with Christmas lists, with produce from Loaf community bakery, Artisan Preserves and Lakeside Ethical Treats. Locally made crafts included Mindfully Made jewellery, H is for House furnishings and Christmas wreaths from Martineau Gardens.

Santa Claus, present in his customary role of delivering toys to good girls and boys, took a moment to say that, “It’s great to be here and that people are having a green Christmas and buying local things.”

The Northfield Eco-centre has its doors open year round offering free, impartial advice on energy saving and weekly activities, including sewing, gardening, bike maintenance and family sessions. Lucy, a regular at the sewing morning, said that,

“It’s wonderful to be able to come and meet with friends, make new ones and learn new skills. It’s great that it’s for all skill levels and the staff and volunteers are really friendly and always want to help you out. There’s not really anywhere else like it locally and we’d all miss it if it wasn’t here.”

The new year will be busy for the centre as it welcomes a new set of interns; volunteers who spend three months with the Eco-centre running the regular activities and work on their own projects – organising events or improving the advice the centre has to offer. The recruitment drive is now on for the interns to start in the new year. Sara, one of the Eco-centre’s previous interns, described her experience as “inspirational, creative, challenging and hugely rewarding”.

Other green and ethically focused Christmas markets going on in Birmingham include the Midlands Vegan Campaigns ‘Cruelty Free Xmas Fair’ (no Santas harmed in the making of the event) on Saturday 18th December at All Saints Church Hall, Kings Heath and Stirchley Community Market on Tuesday 14th December at Stirchley United Working Men’s Club.

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