Farnham Sustainability Festival returned to Gostrey Meadow on Sunday 19 May.

Farnham residents enjoyed a sunny day out between on Gostrey meadow as the park was a hive of activity as around 40 local businesses attended demonstrating how the community could lead a healthier, greener and more sustainable life.

This year’s festival focused on learning new skills and trying new things to benefit the environment and nature in Farnham.

Cllr Mat Brown said: “At this year’s Sustainability Festival, visitors were encouraged to do something different and, to help them make a change there were plenty of experts on hand offering advice and practical tips.

“We can all do our bit for the environment whether that be planting some flowers to attract pollinating insects, or growing some veg so we can cut down on food miles or giving a home to something preloved so we can avoid buying new.”

The event was organised by Farnham Town Council alongside the Farnham Community Farm. Together they selected and approved stallholders that would best represent their message and provide a fun informative day out for residents and guests of Farnham.

The 40 stallholders did everything from selling garden plants and sustainably crafted items. While others shared their knowledge about beekeeping and upcycling.

Residents also enjoyed plenty of activities as Linda Stephens hosted yoga sessions and Ebb and Flow Farnham hosted activities on meditation and pilates. All of the activities focused on how to boost people's mental health and well-being.

In attendance to inspire residents’ creativity was the 2023 Surrey Artist of the Year, Lucy Dorothy Nichols. She demonstrated how to make paper bugs, birds and butterflies.

The festival was full of delicious food with stands selling home-cooked vegan food as well as tea and cake. There was even a bar to enjoy alcohol in the sunshine.