The Sustainability on Sea festival, a week-long celebration of local sustainability initiatives, has been awarded £9,600 from the National Lottery Community fund.  

Now in its second year, the September 2019 event is set to be larger than last, with more organisations, business schools and individuals taking part; all with the aim of helping the people of Hastings and St Leonards live more sustainably.

Recent funding wins, including £2,787 from ethical beauty brand Lush, are being used to help raise the profile of the festival, support local organisations taking part and attract a more diverse audience from a larger catchment area. 

The theme for Sustainability on Sea 2019 is ‘What we can do’, reflecting growing public concern about sustainability issues and offering practical suggestions of changes individuals and communities can make towards a combined environmental impact. 

“It’s not just the funding that’s helping grow this year’s festival,” says Sarah Macbeth, one of the festival organisers, pointing out that there’s now “much greater awareness of sustainability issues” and that the festival is about “celebrating what’s already being done and showing how the community can make a difference.”

The festival runs from Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th September, with activities and events around Hastings and 

St Leonards, culminating in an all-day Big Green Fair at the Stade. Registration info at www.sustainabilityonsea.org


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