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vert bar IN THE NEWS, January 18, 2010

Sustainability Fair 2010

The National Botanic Gardens is having its annual Sustainable Environment Fair on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd May 2010 from 10.30am to 5pm. The fair will be held in the Gallery of the Education and Visitor Centre and features leading environmental organisations with information on conservation, fair trade and sustainable living. There will be craft workers displaying wood turning techniques, and advice on hedge laying and bee keeping. Pick up a Fair Trade coffee or tea from the cafe, pop upstairs to browse the stalls selling ethically produced goods and eco products and get advice about putting sustainable living into action.

The event also features a Farmer's Market on Sunday 23rd May from 10.30 am to 5 pm. There will be stalls selling organic fruit and vegetables, juices, bread and pastries, jewellery and organic cosmetics. You can also visit the Garden's own organic Fruit and Vegetable Garden for ideas on growing your own vegetables at home.

Exhibitors at the fair include Oxfam Fair Trade, Birdwatch Ireland, the Native Woodland Trust, IOFGA, Crann, An Taisce, Friends of the Earth and Ballymun Regeneration will be there with their Recycled Furniture and Fashion projects.

Wild Food workshop
Saturday 22nd May at 11.30 am

A short workshop exploring the remarkable diversity of plants that may be gathered in Ireland and used to make delicious food products.

Celebrating International Day of Biodiversity
Saturday 22nd May at 3.00pm

Peter Wyse Jasckson, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, will lead a Guided Walk of the gardens as part of the United Nations' International Day of Biodiversity, featuring the developing Native Plant Conservation area.