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Thurso set for week of Highland Climate Festival events

By Alan Hendry

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A community garden open day is part of the programme for Saturday, July 2. Picture: Jill Innes
A community garden open day is part of the programme for Saturday, July 2. Picture: Jill Innes

A climate action day in Thurso on Saturday will start a week of events as part of the first Highland Climate Festival programme.

Thurso Community Development Trust (TCDT) has planned a series of climate-related activities from June 25 to July 3.

The festival is being curated by the North Highlands and Islands Climate Hub and Highland Adapts. More than 100 events are planned across the region, involving community groups as far afield as Caithness and Lochaber.

TCDT will be running events daily, including foraging walks led by Amanda Greig of Thurso East Honesty Box, a community garden open day, a zero waste market and a pop-up clothes swap being held on Wednesday at Caithness rugby club.

Development manager Joan Lawrie said: “The aim of the climate festival, both across Highland and with our own local events in Thurso, is firstly to bring awareness to our community of the climate emergency but also to celebrate and educate about the fantastic work that is already taking place.

"The trust has since its inception taken a very climate-friendly approach to what we are looking to achieve in Thurso. It is all essentially aimed at making Thurso a better place to live, work and visit for all by being sustainable and promoting everyday actions that are kind to our surroundings.”

The festival starts on Saturday with a climate action day and George Ewing, of Cycling UK, will have various bikes for the public to try at the Olrig Street gardens. There will be tours of TCDT's recently acquired greenhouses in the same area and the trust will be outside the refill shop, Socially Growing, with cooking demonstrations and waste advice as well as games and activities.

TCDT chairperson Helen Allan said: “I’m really looking forward to the programme of events throughout the week, especially the pop-up clothes swap and the zero waste market next Sunday. Clothes can be dropped into Socially Growing up until Saturday 25th at 5pm and tables are available to book now for the zero waste market.

"These types of events promote sharing and creating a circular economy where items are not going to waste but going to someone who can make use of them.”

The TCDT website has further details about the festival.

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