BeReCreative Hackney’s green festival

A free, fun packed, family event with a green theme at its core is being held in London Fields, Hackney, on Saturday 5 June.

Now in its fifth year, the BeReCreative event, a joint effort between Hackney Council’s Recycling Team and Green Champion network, aims to raise environmental and sustainable awareness in the borough.

Building on the success of previous events, this year’s BeReCreative theme is Things to make and do and it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Kids will be able to take part in a variety of activities and can get busy making costumes and decorations out of recyclable materials before displaying them in a parade towards the end of the day. There will also be drumming and dance workshops leading up to the parade to get everyone involved.

Other highlights include a ‘Give or Take’ area where people can swap unwanted items; the Healing Tent health and wellbeing services offering a wide range of health advice and massage therapies (at a cost); learn to knit, jewelry and vintage children’s clothes stalls; plus information on the Transport for London Cycle Hire scheme.

The Bike Doctor will be on hand to offer advice to cyclists and provide minor repairs. Dr Compost will also be available for composting advice that will include free compost giveaway.

There will be organic food on sale and you can create your own organic drink with the Blenda Venda smoothie bike, alternatively, bring your own picnic. There will be live music performed by local musicians on a solar powered stage creating a lively soundtrack for the day.

Councillor Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “The BeRecreative event is a fun way for everyone to get involved, find out more and see how their contributions can help to reuse, recycle and reduce waste in Hackney. Recycling is a priority for the Council. We are committed to improving our local environment and making the borough a cleaner and greener place to live, work and visit.”

Visitors will also be able to talk to the Recycling Team as well as have a shot at being a recycling collection operative, sorting materials into the compartments of the recycling vehicle that will be on site.

BeReCreative will be held on Saturday 5 June from 12noon-6pm in London Fields, E8. For more information, call the recycling hotline on: 020 8356 6688 or visit: