Eco fair

Ryedale District Council supports Ryedale Eco Fair

Ryedale District Council is supporting the Ryedale Eco Fair, held as part of Ryedale Environment Week, run by Ryedale Environmental Group.  

The Ryedale Eco Fair is on Saturday 18 September, 10.00am – 3.00pm at the Pickering Memorial Hall.  It coincides with The Great Big Green Week, which runs from the 18 to the 26 September.

Local environmental groups from around Ryedale will present, together with stalls from over 20 other environmental organisations, including one held by Ryedale District Council.

Environment Week will also feature a series of live virtual events and talks on Zoom, providing inspiration and practical advice on steps we can all take to live greener lives.

Diet, sustainable transport, energy and wildlife-friendly gardening will be among the topics covered, as well as an update on progress with tackling the climate emergency.

One of the highlights of the week will be a talk by Jen Gale (7pm Monday 20 September) on “green parenting”.

Jen Gale describes herself as “an ordinary, knackered mum of two whose life changed when she dragged her family into a year of buying nothing new.”

Jen is the author of The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide, and The Sustainable(ish) Guide to Green Parenting, and runs the Sustainable(ish) blog, podcast and online community. She lives in Wiltshire with her family and is also the founder of The Knackered Mums Eco Club.

Jen recognises that as a parent, getting out of the house with everyone wearing shoes, on a good day, can feel like you're winning, so adding 'being green' to the never-ending ‘to-do list’ might feel like the thing to bring all your spinning plates crashing to the ground!

Her talk will be packed with ideas and tips for bringing up kids without totally trashing the planet - no judgement or preaching in sight!

Phillip Spurr, Programme Director for Economic Development, Business and Partnerships for Ryedale District Council said:

“We’re delighted to be part of the Ryedale Eco Fair and are thrilled to see Ryedale organisations coming together to share news of the exciting environmental projects happening in the district. We made a commitment to take action to help achieve net zero emissions across Ryedale by 2050. We’ll have key information for citizens attending the fair about the actions we’re taking, including details of upcoming grants.”

Paul Norrington from Ryedale Environmental Group, said:

“In this year’s series of talks we have something for everyone from keen gardeners to eco-foodies, all of which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own armchair at home.

“The talks and the in-person Eco Fair are very much aimed at those people who are starting to feel they should do more on improving the environment and tackling the climate emergency – as well as those further ahead on that journey.

"We are delighted to have popular author and blogger Jen Gale join us to talk about green parenting, which promises to be a highlight of the week!"

Other talks for 2021 include The Climate Emergency and How You Can Help - a Beginner’s Guide (September 17, 7pm), a Household Energy Surgery by Kate Urwin aka The Yorkshire Energy Doctor (Tuesday September 21, 7pm) and a Wildlife Gardeners Question Time (Wednesday September 22, 7pm)

Details of all Zoom talks and how to register can be found on the Ryedale Environmental Group website:


Notes to editors

Notes to editors:


  • Ryedale Environment Fair:

WHEN: Saturday 18 September

WHERE: Pickering Memorial Hall

TIME: 10 – 3pm


  • Ryedale Environmental Group (REG) is a developing grass roots organisation helping local communities reduce Ryedale’s carbon footprint, promoting positive projects to reduce environmental impacts across the district. It also acts as a forum for likeminded groups in Ryedale to share ideas and plan joint actions.
  • More information is available via
  • Facebook: Ryedale Environmental Group | Facebook