Transition Mearns held a Green Spring Fair at the Dickson Hall Laurencekirk on Saturday which organisers hailed as a great success. The event showcased 25 stalls offering some of the finest locally made crafts in the area together with local food produce ranging from fresh vegetables, home baking, free range pork and preserves.
Other environmental themed stalls complimented the fair with allotment gardening groups, bicycle projects, waste and energy advice and a new car sharing club.
Organisers and stall holders were delighted at the turnout to the fair which was busy from 10am -3pm.
A spokesperson for Transition Mearns commented that the fair had not only been busy for stall holders but also for the small environmental group who more than doubled their local membership on the day.
Councillor George Carr attended the event and commented “I was very impressed with the quality of the crafts, produce and environmental information at the fair. It was a timely remainder at the start of Climate Week that here in the North East of Scotland we have a strong base of micro business demonstrating that quality products can be made locally without a high carbon budget. Such businesses play an important part in the rural economy helping to build community resilience.”
The Green Spring Fair was the final event in a Tram’s Eco Teams project which has been running in the Mearns over the last year. It involved setting up small groups in different communities who volunteered to undertake monitoring of their household Carbon usage by monitoring power and heating together with waste and car use in an attempt to try and reduce their household carbon footprint. The project was funded by the Scottish Governments Climate Challenge Fund.