Green and healthy living has been chosen as the theme of this year's Leys Fair.

A committee made up of community groups in Blackbird Leys decided to go for the eco-friendly message for the event on Saturday, September 13.

Last year's fair attracted 4,000 people to Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre and the adjoining park.

A party theme to mark the estate's 50th birthday saw several community stalls set up to celebrate the history of the estate.

Now, organisers have decided to focus more on improving the well-being of their neighbours and the planet at this year's event and have recruited representatives from Oxford's Healthy Living Partnership to demonstrate the best way to prepare nutritious food.

A workshop demonstrating how to create art from recycled materials has also been arranged, and Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust has pledged its support to proceedings.

Paul Isaacs, one of the event's co-ordinators, said: "We are looking forward to it.

"The community spirit is the best thing about the fair.

"It is a community event planned for the community by the community."

Mr Isaacs said the fair would cost £7,500, which had been raised through funding from the three housing associations on Blackbird Leys and the estate's parish council.

He said planning for the fair began in January but added: "We would like more people to get involved.

"It is still not too late to come up with interesting ideas."

Circus skills workshops, Gladiators-style jousts and an inflatable bungee run are among the attractions already confirmed.

A Laser Quest arena, magic show and five-a-side football will keep the estate's younger residents entertained.

Local cheerleading group the Strawberry Fayre Majorettes have also been booked to perform and a selection of hot food will be made available to revellers.

Gerry Webb, vice chairman of Blackbird Leys Parish Council, said: "The fair is an excellent event for bringing everyone together.

"It means a lot to the people of Blackbird Leys - 99 per cent of the input into the fair is from Leys people.

"It always gets a good turnout and hopefully the weather will stay good for it."