AN ECO-FRIENDLY project is set to come to fruition in Uttoxeter after months of fund-raising and planning. The Globe Eco Centre, which will be opening at the Strawberry Garden Centre in Uttoxeter on November 3, is set to include: an eco classroom, a community drop-in lounge, small gardens and a Litterbug Project Recycling Workshop.
Kate Copeland, from the Globe Foundation, said: “Following months of fundraising, consultation and planning, we are pleased to announce that we will be shortly starting work on site at our new location (on land next to the Strawberry Garden Centre, in Bramshall Road) to create Uttoxeter’s first community-led Eco Centre and Recycling Facility.”
The recycling workshop at the centre will see participants recycle and craft with waste plastic which would have otherwise littered our environment, gone to landfill or to incineration.
Kate added: “As well as being a thriving social enterprise, supporting other community groups and local charities, we will be running classes and sharing the process of our recycling with schools, community and volunteers, for a hands on experience of crafting with plastics.”
Uttoxeter resident Fred Hopwood is fully backing the creation of the Eco Centre. He said: “This is great news especially with the dire predictions of the new IPPC report.
“Although corporations and Governments will have to adapt capitalism to benefit people and planet, it’s critical for all of us to act locally with world-wide initiatives of this nature, otherwise our children and grandchildren will never forgive us.”
Next week will see a band of volunteers helping to get the Globe Eco Centre ready for its grand opening.
Kate said: “We have had a huge response to our volunteer appeal which we are very thankful.
“We are now appealing for unwanted furniture which we can reuse, including chairs, desks, sofas etc.
“In particular, we are in need of 30 chairs for our classroom as our previous supplier has let us down. We are trying to reuse and recycle where we can, rather than buy new.”
The opening of the Globe Eco Centre on November 3 will begin with a free ‘Edible Gardening’ community workshop, which has been funded by Tesco Bags of Help.
Kate said: “This will be the start of a range of future community courses and events to be hosted in our eco room and community lounge, both of which will also be available for private hire, to help raise funds for the project.”
For further information about the Globe Eco Centre, go online to www.globefoundation.org.uk.
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