Ahead of COP26 (31 October-12 November 2021), Congleton Town Council and Congleton Sustainability Group are working together to look at what can be done in Congleton to help combat the devastating effects of climate change.
Climate Change is already having a harmful effect on the planet and putting natural habitats under threat. To raise the profile locally, in the week leading up to COP26, Congleton Town Council and Congleton Sustainability Group are organising a programme of events for a Climate Festival and Green Fayre (23-31 October 2021).
Local people are encouraged to take part in the exciting activities planned aimed to learn more and show actions that we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint. Featuring over 20 ‘green’ activities from walks, talks, swaps, site visits, films and practical demonstrations such as tree planting and apple juicing.
Local community groups, organisations and businesses have signed up to showcase their work on the climate and nature emergency. Download the Climate Festival booklet, for full details of the FREE events taking place.
The week will end on Saturday 30 October with a Green Fayre held in the closed High Street with over 30 stalls, entertainment and a range of green transport to view. The fayre is from 10am – 4pm.
If you are interested in joining in or are prepared to host a public event that encourages people to take care of our environment during that week, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendees planning to attend the Fayre include:
|Active Travel Congleton|
Astbury Lane Nursery
Bromley Farm Development Trust
|Congleton Air Quality|
Congleton Apple Press
Congleton Climate Action Group
Congleton Food 4 Free
|GP Social Prescribers |
|Cheshire Bee Keepers|
Cheshire East Ansa
Cheshire East Council
Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Clonter Green Opera
|Congleton In Bloom|
Congleton Tree Group
Feast (Home of Feast)
Parish of Congleton
Plastic Free Congleton
V.Eco Food Wraps
Wild and Wild
William Dean Trust
Confirmed list of activities and events taking place in October:
Please note: all the activities are FREE to attend, however numbers are limited at certain events and advance online booking is required to confirm your place. Should you be unable to attend please let us know as soon as possible. Look out for the Climate Festival Events Guide and further details of the FREE activities below.
12pm to 1pm
|Vale Allotment Open Days||Come on the tour to find out more about the allotments and trusts.|
The entrance is off the historic Vale Walk which connects Priesty Fields and Moody Street with Waggs Road.
Max 6 people per session
|25th-29th||Visit Congleton’s Hydro Site||Congleton Hydro Project will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by producing enough electricity to power the equivalent of 60 homes and will also enable the creation of a Community Benefit Fund for local people.||Booking will be available in due course direct with Congleton Hydro|
9.30am to 12.30pm
|Open morning at Congleton Bath House & Physic Garden||Volunteers will be on site to give informal tours, advice and information. The Physic Garden has a wide range of traditional herbs, fruit bushes and trees. There are wildflower and woodland areas, a pond and a water harvesting system.|
Just off Lowe Avenue / Colehill Bank, CW12 3AD
|Dane-In-Shaw Pasture Eco Tour||Meet at entrance on Biddulph Valley Way just east of the railway viaduct* |
A walk around this Site of Special Scientific Interest to learn about why it is so important and how it is managed. Rough and at times steep walking conditions.
STRICTLY NO PARKING on Brookhouse Lane
*Walk from Bromley woods, or from Bromley Road, or via the canal from the station.
*Easy walking route along Biddulph Valley Way from the small car park off the A54 Macclesfield Rd, between Bill & Ben and Council yard.
Max 15 people
Recommend waterproof sturdy footwear
|‘People & Wildlife’ Talk & Walk |
Astbury Mere Country Park
|A 1½ miles, 1½ hours guided walk with CE Ranger Matt Axeford to see how Congleton’s foremost green space is having to adapt to a changing environment and how visitors can benefit from getting close to nature.||BOOK HERE |
Booking necessary by noon on 22nd
|Congleton Climate Action Group, |
United Reform Church, Antrobus Street,
|Congleton Climate Action Group is part of the World’s largest grassroot environmental campaign organisation helping to find local solutions to a global crisis. Come along and find out more!|
|‘A Future for Land Use’ Talk & Walk |
|A 1½ miles, 1½ hours countryside guided walk with CE Ranger Matt Axeford. Is our current land use sustainable. What can historical land use changes tell us about how we may need to adapt for the future. |
Meeting point instructions to be advised prior to the walk.
|BOOK HERE |
Booking necessary by noon on 24th
4pm to 6pm
|‘Foraging Walk’ from Capitol Walk (below the library, by the bus station)||There are at least 50 edible plants that are easy to find in most locations in the UK. This tour will take you on a short walk to spot the favourite locations for these plants around the town of Congleton, and help you to identify free and nutritious wholefood as a supplement to any diet.||BOOK HERE|
Max 10 people
7.30 to 8.30pm
|‘Farming for Wildlife’|
Congleton Town Hall
|Adam Linnet, from Cheshire Wildlife Trust, talks us through his family’s wildlife-friendly farm. Touching on how wildlife is made a priority on the farm, right through to the financial hurdles farming faces, the talk should give you a good idea of how farming and wildlife can work together.||BOOK HERE|
Max 50 people
|Rewilding Park Tour||Starting at the Park Pavilion with Streetscape Manager. Come along to see the open space designs for Congleton and chat about how Congleton Town Council’s Streetscape Team are becoming more sustainable.|
4pm to 7pm
|Plastic Free Congleton Event |
The Old Saw Mill, River Street
|A drop-in session to discuss all things plastic! Learn more about how to remove/replace single-use plastics and how you can help Congleton become a Plastic Free Community. There will also be information about the TerraCycle drop-off points around the town.|
6pm to 8pm
| Sourdough Breadmaking Demonstration |
The Old Saw Mill, River Street
|Did you have a go at breadmaking during the lockdown, and it didn’t quite work? Well, here is a demonstration that will convince you how easy, quick and cheap it is to make your own wholesome, organic bread – better than any shop or bakery.||BOOK HERE |
Max 10 people
|Importance of Water|
Congleton Museum (behind the Town Hall)
|Water has the power both to:-Create and Destroy Divide and Link. This walk at 1pm, will use images to explore, how water played a crucial role in the siting, economic growth and social development of the town.|
There will be a charge for museum funds of £4.00 per adult and £1.00 per young person.
|Book with the museum www.congletonmuseum.co.uk |
Use the ‘What’s On’ and ‘Upcoming Walks’ tabs then select the ‘Importance of water’
Or telephone on 01260 276360
Max 20 people
7pm to 8pm
|‘Electric Vehicles- Facts, Myths & Real-World Experiences’|
Bear Grills Cafe
|Guest speaker Mark Thompson has worked extensively in both automotive engineering (at Bentley in Crewe) and also in the public sector supporting the development of low carbon energy technologies and solutions. He has also owned an electric vehicle for 7 years.||BOOK HERE|
Max 45 people
6pm to 8pm
|Talk and Q&A Session with Esther Bird- Eco-Youth and School-Strike Climate Campaigner |
Congleton Town Hall, Bridestones Suite
|An engaging and hopefully inspiring presentation and Q&A session from young people about how we can use our ever growing climate anxiety as fuel to create change. We’ll explore how young people can make meaningful change when it often feels like we have no agency.||BOOK HERE|
Max 50 people
10am to 4pm
|Congleton Green Fair on the closed High Street||More than 30 stalls housing a wide range of groups, organisations and companies will have information, products or services which will help you to live more sustainably in Congleton.|
There are plans for a selection of electric cars and a range of local talent to entertain and add to the atmosphere.
| Ruth Valerio of Tearfund discusses issues around climate change|
St. Peter’s Church, Chapel Street
|10.30am Christiana Figueres – former executive secretary of the UN. Framework Convention on Climate Change.|
11.30am Thabo Makgoba – Archbishop of Cape Town on water issues.
12.30pm Sir Martin Rees – Astronomer Royal.
1.30pm Professor Meric Srokosz – a physical oceanographer from the National Oceanography Centre.
Each video lasts about 15 minutes, followed by a time of private prayer or reflection for anyone who wishes to stay.
9.30am to 12.30pm
(Visitor Centre car park)
|Congleton plant swap is where you can bring along any plants/veggie plants/ seeds and look for something you wish to swap it with. All is for free and people are welcome to come along even if they have nothing to swap. The aim is to help everyone to get growing in their own gardens for a fraction of the cost it would take visiting the garden centre.|
|Climate Film Season|
The Young Pretender, Lawton Street
The world leaders are meeting in Glasgow for COP26 from October 31 – November 12 to draw up serious and binding international treaties and commitments to protect the planet. COP26 stands for Conference of the Parties. Previous conferences have led to the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement.
COP26 aims to:
- Secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach
- Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats
- Mobilise finance of at least £100bn in climate finance per year
- Work together to deliver the aims
Go to the COP26 website for more information.
Both Congleton Town Council and Cheshire East Council has signed a Climate Change Emergency pledge to reduce their carbon footprint to zero by 2025.