Milton Keynes shopping centre turns green for the weekend

Midsummer Place Shopping Centre's Eco Event
Midsummer Place Shopping Centre's Eco Event

Midsummer Place Shopping Centre’s Eco Event attracted over 1,000 people at the weekend.

Entertainment, workshops and competitions proved popular with the crowds and included Gulliver’s Dinosaur and Farm Park’s potting workshops with the farmer’s crew as well as slime workshops with the professor. Children thoroughly enjoyed making their very own dinosaur bogies to take home!

Over 50 visitors made their own eco friendly Sunnyside Bubble Bar with the expert makers at Lush. The stand attracted both adults and children with many mums being treated to a mini hand massage for Mother’s Day.

Milton Keynes Council had a pedal-powered scalextric which attracted many competitors, each attempting to pedal their car around the track at the fastest speed. They also hosted arts and crafts as well as an information stand.

People were pleased to see how well the Midsummer Place Oak Tree saplings have grown in the Parks Trust’s Ouse Valley and Ouzel Valley in Milton Keynes. Also on display were interesting fact boards with details on what brands within the centre are doing to reduce their carbon footprint.

The whole centre turned off all non-essential lighting for Earth Hour 2014 at 8.30pm on Saturday, March 29. The international event encourages people and businesses worldwide to switch off for an hour to show support for the environment and to reduce emissions.

Martin Hindson, general manager at Midsummer Place, said: “We’re really pleased that our Eco Event attracted so many visitors, this is an important event for us as we always strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible and have implemented new strategies to make that happen. It’s great for us to be able to let our local community see what we’re doing and to show them how recycling can be fun and easy. The centre has made significant improvements over the last few years which we are very proud of; energy consumption for 2013 was seven per cent less than 2012 which is the sixth consecutive year that we’ve reduced our energy consumption.”