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Wanstead Festival returns with a green twist

The festival takes place on Christchurch Green (pic-Google Maps)

The annual Wanstead Festival returns on Sunday 12 September with a chance to take part in cycling masterclasses.

Traditionally the festival takes place on Christchurch Green, this year Redbridge Council has also ‘reclaimed’ the adjoining Wanstead High Street from traffic for the day to showcase the environment and sustainable options available to residents.

Residents will be able to take part in cycling events including bike rides led by experienced instructors with the chance to try out fun cycles and tricycles.

All of the cycling events are free to participate in and attend, however you must book in advance for bike riding events at www.cycleconfident.com/sponsors/london-borough-of-redbridge/.

The green event aims to promote active and sustainable travel opportunities, raise awareness of a healthy street approach, play streets, recycling, and the expansion of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone which comes into effect on 25 October.

Redbridge Council’s Neighbourhood Team will also be on hand to lead some play activities for younger residents as well as giving out information on recycling and guidance to help make your lifestyle become ‘greener’.

The High Street will be closed from 7.30 am to 10.30 pm between Grove Park and Wanstead Place and bus diversions will take place on the day, bus routes 66, W12, W13, and W14 will be diverted via New Wanstead, Green Man Roundabout, and Cambridge Park in both directions.

Cllr Jo Blackman, Cabinet Member for Environment and Civic Pride at Redbridge Council, said: “We are so pleased the festival can go ahead this year. It will be a great day of much-needed fun.

“Redbridge Council is really delighted to be able to allow more space for visitors to the festival by temporarily suspending vehicle access on part of the high street adjacent to Christchurch green and hosting activities to promote active travel.

“We really want Redbridge to become a greener and more environmentally friendly borough not only for our local residents but for all those who come to visit our parks, open spaces, and high streets.

“This festival and our High Street event is a great way to support our communities who have been struggling through the pandemic and come rain or shine it will be a fantastic day.”

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