Local organisations help to tackle plastic pollution with Earth Day celebration


Local organisations based in Wirksworth and Middleton came together on Sunday 22nd April for a collaborative Earth Day event, which raised awareness for environmental concerns, including plastic pollution.

The Earth Day event, organised by Mount Cook Adventure Centre, Derbyshire Eco Centre, National Stone Centre, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Steeple Grange Light Railway, offered attendees a range of family-friendly activities, food and refreshments.

Mount Cook Adventure Centre had invited a selection of local environmentally-friendly charities and organisations to exhibit in their Main Dining Hall. These exhibitors included the Transition Wirksworth group, who presented a range of informative resources about food wastage, recycling and renewable energies, as well as the Environmental Quality Mark, TDP Ltd (who specialise in recycled outdoor furniture), Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Cromford WI. The Centre provided drop in Bush Craft sessions where children and adults could try their hand at lighting a fire using traditional techniques. Arts & crafts workshops were also available, which included creating a bottle-top mosaic of a tortoise.

The Derbyshire Eco Centre provided a range of sustainable building taster sessions, which allowed guests to try their hand at green woodworking, dry stone walling and timber framed building. Guided Walks were available to book with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, which took guests on a wild flower wander around Gang Mine Nature Reserve, exploring old lead spoil heaps and spotting beautiful bees and butterflies along the way. Train rides were provided by Steeple Grange Light Railway, and food and refreshments were available at the National Stone Centre.

Mount Cook’s Marketing Officer, Victoria Cox, said: “End Plastic Pollution was the overarching theme for Earth Day 2018. This is an environmental concern which has received a lot of media attention recently, especially through the BBC’s Blue Planet series. We thought it was important to engage and educate the local community about plastic pollution, whilst providing a free to attend family-friendly event packed full of exciting activities. It was a well-attended event, and I’m sure we will be celebrating Earth Day again in future years!”

Earth Day was first launched on 22nd April 1970. Today, over 1 billion people from 192 countries celebrate this global event. For more information visit: www.earthday.org