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Sun shines on the Farnham Sustainability Festival

Gazebo in a park setting.

This year’s Farnham Sustainability Festival was all about trying something new to benefit nature and the environment.

The community event took place on Sunday 19 May at Gostrey Meadow and was organised by Farnham Town Council in partnership with Farnham Community Farm.

Around 40 local businesses were hand-picked to showcase how you can lead a healthier, greener and more sustainable life.

Councillor Mat Brown, Lead Member for Environment says: “At this year’s Sustainability Festival, visitors were encouraged to do something different and, to help them make a change there were plenty of experts on hand offering advice and practical tips.

“We can all do our bit for the environment whether that be planting some flowers to attract pollinating insects, or growing some veg so we can cut down on food miles or giving a home to something preloved so we can avoid buying new.”

The Festival included stallholders selling garden plants whilst others shared their knowledge about beekeeping and upcycling. There were also activities focusing on health and wellbeing such as yoga and, 2023 Surrey Artist of the Year, Lucy Dorothy Nichols, demonstrated how to make paper bugs, birds and butterflies.

In true festival style there were plenty of stands selling delicious home-cooked vegan food, tea and cake, and a bar.

Farnham’s Summer Programme of events is sponsored by Kidd Rapinet and Shaw Gibbs. The next event in the calendar is Music in the Meadow on Sunday 2 June from 3-5pm with free, live music by the Vic Cracknell Swing Band. 

For more information about summer events happening in Farnham visit

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