Christian Aid and Eden Project focus on grand designs for green living

By staff writers
17 May 2007

Visitors to the Grand Designs Live ExCel London show (8-10 June 2007) will be invited to visit the ultimate Green Garden and learn how to stylishly transform their own gardens while helping to tackle climate change. Sustainability is the central theme for the 2007 show and the Green Garden created by development agency Christian Aid and the Eden Project will be a highlight of the exhibition.

Grand Designs Live is based on the successful talkback THAMES series for Channel 4, which is presented by 'design guru' Kevin McCloud.

"We are committed to being as green as possible. Sustainability has moved from being a fringe issue to something that touches every aspect of our lives," says McCloud.

The Green Garden will showcase the latest eco-garden design and planting ideas, with innovative and unusual inspiration from Christian Aid’s projects overseas and the Eden Project’s famous Biodomes.

Arranged under the branches of a giant tree sculpture, the garden has been designed in four sections to appeal to gardeners of all abilities: from fledgling to green-fingered expert; from those with a solo window box to those with a 12-acre estate.

The organisers say you can admire the latest renewable energy devices, explore organic edible gardens, take a stroll on the recycled paths and learn how to create a living wall.

In the green theatre, inspired by the Eden Project’s ambitious structure, there will be a chance to hear thought-provoking performances and ‘green’ stories that will appeal to both adults and children. It’s a place to escape from the hustle and bustle, and learn how to make our future brighter and greener.

All features within the garden reflect and tell the story of how eco-living and renewable energy is being used by Christian Aid’s projects around the world to help poor communities prepare for and adapt to the devastating effects of a changing climate. Visitors will be given a unique chance to find out about global climate change and see how they can make a difference.

Christian Aid, which is focussing on its annual national undraising drive this week, will be asking visitors to the show to support its Climate Changed campaign, which highlights how the developing world is already on the frontline as climate change takes hold and ‘natural’ disasters increase.

The campaign calls on the UK public to adopt a greener lifestyle and lobby the government and companies to commit to reducing their CO2 emissions.

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You can donate to Christian Aid Week 2007 online via this link. This year's education materials feature inspiring stories of how poor communities in El Salvador, Senegal and Afghanistan are growing a future in spite of seemingly impossible odds. With a bit more help they can make an even bigger impact.

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