Green Day at Erddig shows more than 1,000 people how to use their rubbish inspirationally

By Culture24 Staff | 03 June 2010
A photo of a man and woman in Victorian dress walking through a yard on stilts

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.

A photo of a bird made of recycled materials in a tent

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.

A photo of children playing in a gravel yard within leafy grounds

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.

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