The organisers of St Andrews Green Week are making final preparations ahead of its launch on Saturday.

This year’s event runs from 7 to 13 March, with over 20 separate activities taking place.

Green Week is part of a national campaign which seeks action on climate change, aiming to raise awareness amongst the public of local, practical steps they can take to reduce their carbon footprints.

Rather than adopt a scare-mongering approach, it seeks to “create an atmosphere that is fun, engaging and supportive by focusing on the positive changes we can make together and celebrating our successes.”

Organised by a consortium comprising of the University’s Environment team, Transition St Andrews, the Students’ Association, St Andrews Botanic Gardens and St Andrews Community Energy Network, Green Week kicks off with a Green Wood Spoon carving workshop at the Botanic Gardens from 10 am on Saturday.

Other highlights of Green Week include ‘Sustainably Sloshed’ (an organic alcoholic drinks tasting event) at the Brewing Company (£8) and a book launch at Topping and Co. by one of the UK’s leading food journalists, Joanna Blythman (£3).

There will also be a talk at the Botanic Gardens by local expert John Marshall on “his illustrated adventures in search of potato varieties” (£15).

Green Week officially concludes with seed sowing at Andrew Melville Hall on Friday 13 March, although there is a beach cleaning event at West Sands the day after.

Further information can be found at http://standrewsgreenweek.com/

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