ACTIVITIES were held and initiatives promoted at West Orchards last week as the shopping centre hosted Green Fest, an event based on promoting recycling and energy efficiency.
Aimed to encourage visitors to become a little greener, the event was part of Redefine International – who own West Orchards – wider sustainability project.
The event started on Thursday (June 24) and ran until Saturday with students from St Mary and St Benedict Catholic Primary School attending the unveiling of the new Green Wall in the centre.
The new permanent display informs shopper of the initiatives already undertaken by the centre to ensure for maximum efficiency.
Dore Gostick, from St Mary and St Benedict school, said: “We were all delighted to have been a part of the wall opening, the children had a fantastic time.
“Throughout the week in the build up to this event the children have really enjoyed using all the recycled materials to create the display and have been learning lots along the way.”
An energy generation bike was on display throughout the weekend where hundreds of shoppers enjoyed the opportunity to add a little extra charge to their phone using pedal power.
Other activities included a bag amnesty where shoppers were invited to exchange plastic bags or make a donation to Zoe’s Place.
Andy Talbot, centre manager at West Orchard’s shopping centre, said: “I’d like to thank the school for their fantastic display in the centre and giving their support to our initiative.
“It has been fantastic to see so many of our shoppers getting involved throughout the weekend.
“We are proud of what we do on a day to day basis and are committed to being an environmentally and socially responsible business.
“It’s amazing how tiny changes can make such a big difference to the amount of energy consumed and we are always looking at ways to improve our shopping centre’s efficiency.”