Looking back over 2021, it seems Sussex Green Living has established itself as a valuable part of Horsham life, despite the many problems Covid has thrown at all of us!

With a dedicated band of volunteers and workers, we have managed to keep on track and can all be really proud of what has been achieved and the progress  made since last May when lockdown was just beginning to ease.

In May, the “Inspiration Eco Station” milk float was launched, swiftly followed by its first outing as part of the “Bright New Future Roadshow” at Stedham Primary School, where the children enjoyed a carousel of outdoor activities in the woodland area, concluding with the entire school performing the song, ‘Be the Change’ in the playground as parents were arriving to collect them. Bolnore School and St Marys School at Pulborough enjoyed similar fun Eco-Days, and the SGL event at Kingslea School in Horsham with its art activities was filmed by TV presenter Alexis Green and broadcast by the BBC as part of their Climate Change educational series.

We also ventured into East Sussex, to St Bede’s School in Eastbourne which has a strong well-supported green program. The final roadshow of the year was a glorious sunny day on Brighton seafront at Rampion Windfarm Visitor Centre where children from eight Brighton primary schools joined in, all arriving on sustainable transport. The children learned about un-branding school uniforms, enjoyed poetry, performance and games, and with the help of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, each child made seed ‘bombs’ on the beach to take back to plant their own mini-meadows. It was a wonderful conclusion to an extraordinary year.

Other events have included our young people of the Youth Eco Forum publishing their excellent online e-zine and hosting fortnightly zooms. They organised a Fun Run to promote re-use of clothing, and the innovative “Beyond Be-Leaf” day where pupils from London schools who had never before had the opportunity to be in a woodland, learned various skills such as wood-whittling, nature-spotting and dance in the outdoor theatre area.

We worked with a total of 24 schools and over 1500 pupils aged 5 – 18.