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Freshney Place putting greener living in the shop window

FRESHNEY Place shopping centre has unveiled a new initiative designed to drive greater awareness of environmental concerns, including sustainability and a greener approach to living.

Freshney Place putting greener living in the shop window

Freshney Place Green Grimsby will run throughout 2018 and will align itself with the town’s reputation as the renewable energy capital of England.

The initiative aims to drive greater awareness of the environment, sustainability and a greener approach to living.

Councillor and North East Lincolnshire Mayor Ron Shepard was present along with Freshney Place centre director Amanda Austin, for the launch of the initiative with the  unveiling of a living wall at the centre’s Clayton Walk, an installation which will be updated seasonally throughout the year.

Cllr Shepard said: “It’s absolutely brilliant that they’ve got a programme in place to educate the general public about how important this is. We are proud of Grimsby and we want to show that.

“We have a lot to celebrate regarding the renewable industry and it’s encouraging to see Green Grimsby being innovative in areas, pro-active in their approach to some of the ideas that are coming forward from the general public through to the businesses like Freshney Place doing green initiatives.

“We want to embrace that here in Grimsby.”

Amanda Austin , Freshney Place centre director, echoed his thoughts and spoke on what the initiative aims to achieve throughout 2018 following its grand opening on Thursday.

Austin said: “Through this initiative we hope to encourage behavioural change, everything from recycling of plastics to helping the bee population, encouraging a greater understanding of the unique reputation the town holds for being at the centre of the renewable energy industry. We want to change people’s awareness of the fact that there is renewable energy out there and how individuals can make it difference by things like recycling, planting flowers – every little bit makes a difference.

“We’re incredibly proud of Grimsby’s position as a leader in the renewable energy sector and its determination to embrace a greener life.” Green Grimsby will build on the region’s expertise and we hope to use this as a springboard to drive greater awareness of environmental issues.

Green Grimsby’s hope is that the variety of events that they plan to schedule across the year will enable visitors and tenants to embrace the initiative, within a framework of fun activities.

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The goal is to educate with numerous groups as the campaign hopes that Freshney Place Green Grimsby can create a genuine legacy.

Business partners have signed up to the initiative include Cycle Hub, Every Can Counts, Investors in the Environment, James Fisher and sons plc and renowned North East Lincolnshire horticulturalist Loretta Tivett.

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