The stand displayed a range of our promotional materials, briefing sheets and collected dead stuff, plus our shiny new vertical banner.
Alex Prendergast, Ecologist in our East Anglia office, held a key spot at the prestigious Greenbuild exhibition last weekend. Greenbuild is East Anglia’s biggest green lifestyle event, and is hosted by the National Trust at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk. It’s a great mix of conservation, green technology, food, localness, eco-geekery and green poetry (the latter from the UK’s green poet Martin Kiszko – http://www.greenpoemsforablueplanet.com/).
Alex said, “We had a great spot, between people selling hand-made floor tiles, dehumidifiers and recycled bags”. The stand displayed a range of our promotional materials, briefing sheets and collected dead stuff, plus our shiny new vertical banner.
He added, “Lots of children were very interested in my badger skull (found whilst collecting Suffolk Lungwort Pulmonaria obscura seeds on behalf of Kew’s Millenium Seedbank), others were more attracted by my haircut!”
People representing a whole section of the green community were present including conservationists, consultants, planners, smallholders, artists, house-builders, engineers and providers of novel green technology, as well as celebrities including Paul McCartney, Will.i.am (currently promoting his new EKOCYCLE™ brand) and Sting who may have attended the show. Alex Prendergast gave a seminar on ‘Benefitting Wildlife through Design’ showcasing our Green Infrastructure work. Paul heckled from the back row challenging his views on the benefits of sparrow terraces before being dragged away by his own security after questioning Alex’s recommendation of Freshstreetfood’s excellent falafels (http://www.freshstreetfood.co.uk/).
The team made excellent business and community contacts, including a woman who enquired about a newt survey for her new village hall. Wind energy was a hot topic as usual with several people enthusiastically expressing their opinions on the subject. And as a bonus, on a walk around the hall at the end of the day, Alex found a colony of prostrate toadflax Linaria supina growing at the base of an old wall – a new record for Norfolk! Here’s to Greenbuild 2014!