Bridport is going 'green'

Bridport is going 'green'

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 9:35am 21st March 2017.

Bridport's First-ever Green Fortnight launches this Friday.

Bridport's First-ever Green Fortnight launches this Friday (24th March). Transition Town Bridport's Sarah West says the event "is about creating opportunities for local people to get together, celebrate what we do well and be inspired towards a more sustainable lifestyle."

Sarah says "Bridport is lucky to have a high street full of local businesses - so one of our key messages is 'Buy Local First'. Local businesses have a lot to offer in terms of excellent products and customer service. If we all shift a little more of our spending towards them this will create far greater benefit for the local economy than money spent in chainstores or on the internet. Spending £10 on local food boosts Bridport's economy by £17.60. By re-using and recycling wherever possible we can also help lessen the impacts of climate change."

Many of Bridport's shops will be featuring local goods, energy efficient and environmentally friendly products in their displays, and labelling local goods with "Buy Local Bridport" labels.  Some local cafés will be creating special dishes using local ingredients.

Broadcaster and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is backing Bridport's Green Fortnight. "Bridport is a vibrant town with a track record of running great events," he says. "I'm sure the Green Fortnight will continue this tradition. It's a great opportunity to showcase what Bridport does well and to celebrate the independent spirit and local enterprises that make it a dynamic, forward-thinking place".
 
Fearnley-Whittingstall, known for his commitment to local, seasonal ingredients, said he is delighted that the Green Fortnight includes a "Buy Local" campaign. "The provenance of food - where it comes from and how it is produced - is so important," he says. "If we support small producers who are doing things well, we get better food, with far fewer food miles attached - and of course the local economy benefits too."  

Sarah West concluded "We have a Facebook page and we urge people to visit this during the Fortnight to post photos and tell us what has inspired them".

The Fortnight starts this Friday 24th March with a launch event at Bridport Town Hall and runs until Saturday 8th April.