Burnley set to host “global” green conference

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SCHOOLCHILDREN, scientists and TV stars are set to take part in a big green conference at Burnley Football Club.

The Pop Up Sustainable Conference will see dozens of youngsters from Burnley schools demonstrating their work on green issues.

Celebrity chef Nigel Haworth is set to open the event with Gardeners’ World presenter Alys Fowler and Incredible Edible founder Prof. Paul Clarke also set to speak.

The conference covers everything from food growing and waste management to energy conservation – and every school in Lancashire has been invited.

It is a celebration of the first year of the Pop Up Farm project which has seen 35 schools in the borough link up with others across the globe.

Youngsters in Burnley have teamed up with schools in Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and Africa to work on sustainability projects.

Julie Bradley, headteacher at St Leonard’s CE Primary School – one of the schools involved, said: “We want to celebrate Pop Up Farm. We want to people to see what we have achieved and share it with everyone.

“Everything that we do is about sustainability and protecting the planet.

“Pop Up Farm has now got a global audience. All around the world people are looking to Burnley, looking at what we are doing and they want to be a part of it.”

She added: “There are some really influential people coming to the conference. “It will be very active – it is not just people sitting around everybody will be getting involved.”

At the inaugural conference there will be a host of hands-on events, live demonstrations, workshops, exhibitions, videos and home-grown produce on display to share some of the great ideas from the scheme.

Delegates from the Ark Eden project in Hong Kong will be there as well as stakeholders involved in the Thoughtful Coffee Company championed by St Leonard’s CE Primary School in Padiham.

Children will be acting as press crew on the day reporting on all aspects of the conference to produce a video. Tai Chi sessions will also be held and there will even be a yurt set up outside.

Organisers hope it will be a chance for other schools and organisations to see the great sustainability work happening in Burnley.

The conference will be held in the James Hargreaves stand at Turf Moor on Wednesday between 9 am and 3 pm. It is free for schools.