Climate Action North community interest company will celebrate its sponsorship deal with Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Destination by staging a two-day EcoFest during February Half Term.

The EcoFest is part of the One Small Change campaign, a programme led by Climate Action North STEM Director, Julie Harrison, and will take place at the outlet shopping centre on 26 and 27 February from 11am to 4pm. 

The weekend-long event is the first of its kind for Dalton Park and will feature a range of regional stalls selling eco-friendly goods, activities for adults and children, live music, and a catwalk show with the focus on highlighting practical small changes that everyone can take to reduce their environmental impact and combat the climate crisis.

Climate Action North’s Managing Director, Sharon Lashley, said: “It’s wonderful to work with Dalton Park and we’re proud to see our partnership formalised and welcome them onboard as an official sponsor. The EcoFest is the first of many events and activities we will run with them and it’s a brilliant way to celebrate and kick-start our sponsorship arrangement.”

Climate Action North has already worked with Dalton Park on a series of measures to restore nature at the outlet. It is the first retail park in the North of England to host a Climate Action North Pollinator Parks® garden, which provides a safe place for struggling insect populations and has transformed the previously unused area beside the M&S Outlet store.

Centre Manager at Dalton Park, Jerry Hatch, said: “Our involvement and sponsorship of Climate Action North is a perfect fit for us, and the One Small Change EcoFest is a great way to mark the beginning of this partnership. The festival will be a fun-packed weekend for our guests and help them discover ways they can take action to reduce their environmental impact, through the items they buy from our brilliant brands and the habits they can adopt from businesses such as Climate Action North.

“We are fully committed to tackling the climate crisis and are proud to be playing our part by working with Climate Action North who have the right expertise to help us on our journey.”

Climate Action North has also organised the planting of over 100 tree saplings on Dalton Park’s 55 acres of landscaped parkland, which features three wildlife trails for visitors to enjoy, and the installation of four Swift nest boxes in and around the park area, with the aim to attract nesting birds next May when they come back from Africa to breed.

The Eco Fest is a ticketed event and will run in a COVID-19 Secure way. Book tickets at www.dalton-park.co.uk/events

To set up a Pollinator Parks® garden, or discuss sponsorship opportunities with Climate Action North contact Sharon at sharon@climateactionnortheast.org.uk

Find out more about Dalton Park’s sustainability work here.

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