International Green fest for Dearne Valley

AN INTERNATIONAL festival promoting environmental issues will be held in the Dearne as part of a controversial drive to make the area one of the greenest in Europe.

Speakers from all over the world will descend on Dearne Valley College on March 18 as part of the first ever Eco-International Festival.

The event is being held as part of the Dearve Valley Eco-Vision scheme, which is a partnership between local councils and John Healey MP to promote eco-friendly initiatives locally.

Though Barnsley and Rotherham Councils have backed the project, Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies said he could see ”little benefit” to the plans, which involves creating a potential new transport network and a wind farm.

But project leaders have vowed to continue with the scheme and see the upcoming festival as a way of raising its profile.

The festival will include a number of workshops, demonstrations, and an exhibition on ways to reduce our carbon footprint.

One of the keynote speakers will be Hans-Jörg Schwander, Director of Innovation Academy, Germany, who will be providing his views on living in green communities.

Joanne Wehrle, Dearne Valley Eco-Vision Project Manager, said: “The Eco-Vision will see the Dearne Valley become a community with the lowest carbon footprint of any comparable place within ten years.”