Idyllic peace is usually the order of the day at the National Trust's 18th century Erddig mansion and gardens, but last Sunday the Wrexham site witnessed a boisterous rabble during its annual Green Day.
More than 1,000 people spilled onto the grounds for the 2010 instalment of the nature-celebrating party, aiming to educate and inspire through innovative performances and ideas, split into creative and green spaces this time around.
Recycled materials were put to innovative use at Erddig
Old plastic bottles, cereal boxes, Tetra Paks and cardboard were moulded into multi-legged inventions and seeds were planted as circus performers stalked through the ancient plots, soundtracked by the Recyclebubbles, a house band who deployed traffic cones, bins, bottles, plastic tubes and cans to raucous instrumental effect.
"The weekend was a way to show people what they could do with old rubbish," says Property Manager Jamie Watson, who’s probably still trying to restore order to Erddig.
More than 1,000 visitors enjoyed Green Day
"The Yorke family, who gave Erddig to the Trust in 1973, were wholly self-sufficient for many years. The moral is not to throw anything away – it's amazing what you can still use."
Green Day is one of more than 40 events held at Erddig this year. Visit the full programme online for more.