Don’t pay, just visit – that’s the loud and clear message for visitors to LifestyleGreen 2012. The extended Jubilee weekend in early June is the ideal time to head to the event that brings affordable, realistic and money-saving measures into your life in an achievable but greener way.

Supported by Power NI and hosted by NIEA (Northern Ireland Environment Agency), the free to visit event for all the family is set in the popular and scenic Crawfordsburn Country Park and will take place on Sunday 3 and Monday 4 June, 11-5pm.

Free access and parking are further enhanced with a complimentary tree sapling from Forest Service for every visitor and a free to enter Power NI competition for a complete solar garden system will also be up for grabs!

Sample in-season, locally-sourced food, try out a little natural health, visit the craft section, learn how to revamp your clothes, listen to talks and take part in hands-on workshops to include old skills – and have a lovely day out into the bargain, with woodland walks and the choice of two of Northern Ireland’s popular beaches; Crawfordsburn and Helen’s Bay!

Craft sessions for children from Blue Frog Recycled Crafts and Education will be available throughout the two-day event, keeping little ones happy and creative. While unusual animals will put the spotlight on habitats, conservation and endangered species both locally and globally as Mantella Environmental Education bring their menagerie to the event; expertise on hand and advice on wildlife, flora and fauna.

Keeping the conservation theme and protecting the future for generations to come, Belfast Bee Keepers’ will bring their portable observatory and give the latest facts on how we can all increase bee numbers through better planting. Indeed the current UK campaign to increase the level of native wildflower planting not just in rural but urban spaces will be explored and perhaps through the event extended to include Northern Ireland.

Re Store, the local charity group who keep coming up with brilliant solutions to starve landfill sites, will bring their newly launched Re:Cycle brand to LifestyleGreen 2012. Upcycling in every sense of the word!

Re:Store’s Cathy Megahey explains:

“Re:Cycle is another exciting project from Re:Store aimed this time at diverting bicycles from landfill by repairing and refurbishing them and then selling them through our shops. In short we are promoting an alternative way of transport and a healthier life style.”

“We will bring 12 bicycles to the event ranging from adult’s and children’s bicycles. All bicycles on display at the Re:Store stand may be purchased at the event and ‘cycled away’! Not only supporting a great charity and preventing needless waste but getting a great deal while boosting your energy levels on the way.”

Crafts, fashion, food and food for thought on a diversity of subjects and topics will once again make LifestyleGreen 2012 the place to pay a visit to this year!

For more information regarding visiting or exhibiting at the event please phone 028 9065 6407 or visit lifestylegreen.com which will be updated with more information soon.

Why not visit takesplace.info for other greener events around Northern Ireland and if you have an event that fits the bill why not upload while you’re there – it’s Northern Ireland’s dedicated green event portal and you’ve guessed it, it’s free of charge!

Events presently listed include free to visit events such as LifestyleGreen 2012, (3/4/ June), Crawfordsburn Country Park; Safari – Wild About Animals, Crawfordsburn Country Park (29/30 September); 9th Natural Health Fair, Ramada Plaza, Belfast (Sunday 11 November).

Plus paid for events such as the red Santa who is really green at Santa’s Red Letter Days, Crawfordsburn Country Park, December 2012, Blue Frog Make and Take recycled crafts and education and Mantella Environmental bringing nature to you at Balmoral Show this year!