Come to Birmingham’s Big Green Lunch

By on 30/05/2014 in News

Families are being invited to enjoy a fun and green day out at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which will host the city’s Big Green Lunch next month.

The event will showcase a range of activities, entertainment and stalls in an eco-friendly festival atmosphere on Saturday 7 June, between 10.30am and 5pm.

Birmingham’s ambition is to be a leading green city, with strong sustainable principles. The Big Green Lunch will provide a taste of life in a ‘green village’, enabling visitors to enjoy a few hours of food, friendship and fun.

Attractions will include:

  • Information on green transport initiatives including Living Streets’ walking campaign and the Birmingham Cycle Revolution.
  • Music, dancing and entertainment on a bandstand powered by a biodiesel generator.
  • Bollywood dancing, tai chi sessions, and a Kitchen School cookery workshop.
  • A Fairtrade and ethical market, including a range of world foods and market stalls.
  • A sale of flowers and pot plants from Birmingham Nurseries in Kings Heath Park.

Entry to the event (£1 for adults, free for children) also includes access to the picturesque botanical gardens and glasshouses in Edgbaston, which usually costs £7.

Community groups, companies and schools are also being reminded that the deadline for this year’s Sustainability and Recycling Awards is fast approaching.

The closing date is Friday 6 June, so it’s not too late for people, schools and organisations to submit entries, which highlight their often unsung efforts to be greener, cleaner and smarter in using, recycling and preserving natural resources.

For more information on how to enter the Sustainability and Recycling Awards, please visit


Notes to editors:

The Big Lunch is an initiative started by the Eden Project which encourages people across the UK to come together for a few hours of food, friendship and fun.  It aims to foster stronger, friendlier and green-minded communities.

Sustainability and Recycling Awards 2014:

In total, 16 awards will be made across four categories:

  • Best Waste and Recycling Scheme
  • Best Energy Reduction Scheme
  • Best Food and Growing Scheme
  • Best Staff and Community Scheme.

Category winners and an overall winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Council House, in Victoria Square, on 18 July 2014.

All entries should be clearly marked “Sustainability and Recycling Awards”.

Electronic entries should be sent to NB: Attached files should be no bigger than 10Mb in total.

Alternatively, postal entries should be sent to:

Barbara Street,

Climate Change and Environment,

Birmingham City Council,

PO Box 14439


B2 2JF

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