Swarms of families were attracted to a fun-filled sustainable event last weekend.
Children got their hands dirty as a two-day Big Green Leaf event at Silverlink Shopping Park hit full swing under a giant inflatable leaf canopy.
It was also a big day for Benton-based creative recycling centre, House of Objects, who scooped the Big Green Leaf Community Award after shoppers used special tokens to vote for the local community group they felt most deserving of a £1,000 funding boost.
Two-year-old Evie Richardson, from Whitley Bay, was among hundreds of children who got stuck in with the fun interactive activities.
Her mum, Sarah said: “Evie’s been having a lovely time listening to stories and making a crown from recycled objects. She’s held a millipede and we’ve even been given a packet of sunflower seeds.”
During the weekend, youngsters made a splash while taking part in activities run by water lover and avid gardener, Walter Droplet.
Professional composter, Wormarie Compostulaire taught youngsters about food waste and recycling, and Litter Bug relived the moment he got his comeuppance for constantly dropping his rubbish on the floor. Jo Francis, head of retail property management for the regional portfolio at The Crown Estate, which owns Silverlink Shopping Park, said: “Underneath the Big Green Leaf went down a storm and it was lovely to see so many families getting involved in all the fun-filled environmental activities.”