Edinburgh's Ecofusion one-day festival conducts an environmental health check
As Holyrood Park prepares to play host to Ecofusion, Anna Millar goes behind the scenes of this community and environmental collaboration
It seems you can’t turn the page of a newspaper these days without climate change and environmental woes jumping off the page. More difficult, often, is knowing what you can do on your own doorstep, should you fancy doing your bit for the cause. Enter Ecofusion, a collaboration between 40 organisations – 20 environmental and 20 community based –which sets up shop in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park this month, showcasing walks, activities and projects aimed at getting folk outdoors to enjoy themselves, albeit with an environmental message.
Co-ordinater Julia Duncan is keen for the day to be as educational for people as it is fun. ‘It’s a total mix of events and organisations and at heart it’s just about creating a fun day out for people.’
Organisations such as FEVA (the Forum for Environmental Activity), Scottish Natural Heritage, Historic Scotland, Natural Scotland and more will collaborate to share information and encourage environmental volunteering and also inject some multi-culturalism to proceedings.
‘We want to make it accessible to everyone. There’s a real multi-cultural element to the festival whether it be from food, crafts or walk leaders, and we’re keen for people to come together, whether it’s for a National Trust walk or to learn how to grow food.
Activities on the day include music by Samba Sene and Diwan, mask making and stone painting, as well as a puppet show, storytelling and a drumming workshop.
Adults and children alike are also invited to create their own origami and cosmetics, or enjoy Henna painting and Indian facials. Food and drink fans should enjoy the Chocolate Tree and Chai Tea stalls.
Nature lovers can take part in wildlife recordings, willow crafts, falconry, mountain biking and nature trails, with Mini Beasts from Butterfly World all in residence.
‘It’s about talking about our environment and showing people how they can get involved, as much as it’s just about encouraging people outdoors to take a walk, lead a walk, enjoy an allotment or explore something a bit more remote.’
Ecofusion. Sun 11 Apr, 11am–5pm.