The Great Nailsworth Carbon Challenge has helped the town learn how to reduce its carbon footprint.

The event, was held by Nailsworth Climate Action Town (NCAT) group at The Arkell Community Centre from June 22-23.

The event was designed to teach people how to reduce their impact on the environment in areas such as transport, heating and food.

A spokesperson for NCAT said: “The main goal was to offer practical ideas on reducing our carbon footprint.

“The workshop provided a lot of help for those wanting to take steps to do this.”

Attendees were able to get information on the retrofitting of housing, how to reduce the use of plastic in the home and advice from Severn Wye Energy Agency’s Warm & Well scheme

There was also an environmental art exhibition created by students of local artist Alison Vickery. The exhibition was inspired by Sir David Attenborough’s ‘Blue Planet 2’ series.

Stroud MP David Drew visited the workshop on the Saturday to show his support for the work of the NCAT group.

“He is fully behind the idea that we need to take practical and achievable steps that will help enhance the community while reducing our carbon footprint,” the spokesperson added.

There were over 100 entries from primary school children to design a logo on the theme of ‘Nailsworth - Our Town, Our Future’.

The winning entry will be revealed at the end of the summer term and the logo will be used to decorate an Our Town Our Future reusable shopping bag.

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