Virtual talk still planned as Green Truro Festival returns

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Green Truro Festival has proved a popular event in recent years. It returns this week.

30th June 2021

By Juliet Lunam

Next month sees the return of the Truro City Council Green Truro Festival – with events both online and outdoors. Last year a conference was held on Wilding and this year the theme is Soil: Healthy Soils, Healthy City with an online conference on Friday, July 2 and a two-day event on Lemon Quay over Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4.

The aim is to consider the structure and content of soil and how its carbon dynamics can be restored after years of neglect.

Organisers say they will also look at the benefits of good soil and healthy vegetation for mental and physical health and wellbeing, and what is being done in Truro to protect this ecosystem for wildlife and people.

A wide variety of speakers will attend on the Friday, including key speaker Dr Nina Lindstrom Friggens, Research Fellow and plant-soil ecologist at the University of Exeter, and Paul Simmons who will outline his work as a Forest Bathing instructor and the mental and physical benefits of time in nature.

This will be followed up with news of local schemes run by Chris Waddle and others at Truro City Council. Lindsay Southcombe, Truro City Councillor and Chairman of Parks and Amenities Committee said: “This is the second year we are running the conference; last year we were unable to run our usual Lemon Quay physical event due to the pandemic, but it gave us an opportunity to run a virtual conference instead which was extremely successful and therefore this year we are excited to grow the event by having both the virtual conference as well as the physical event on Lemon Quay.”

The weekend will also see the usual Famers’ Market on Lemon Quay and other local organisations, environmental groups and businesses will be promoting the jobs they are doing, endorsing sustainable living and an encouraging environmental consciousness.

There will also be live music as well as children’s activities and entertainment throughout the weekend. Truro in Bloom are asking business in the town to take part in the window competition with the theme Healthy Soils: Healthy City – Life in Soil.

This year they are asking the public to vote by snapping their favourite shop window and submitting it to the Green Truro Facebook page.

As in 2020 there will be a photography competition with the same theme and people are being invited to email their photographs to competition@truro.gov.uk, to be in with a chance to win a Truro Refill store hamper worth £80.

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