HEADINGTON will turn green this Sunday as part of the area's first ever Eco Festival.

The event, run by Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry, will give people the chance to discover what it takes to live an environmentally-friendly life with talks and activities.

The event, which will run from 2pm to 5pm at the church, will see stalls in the Coach House on topics such as Wildlife-friendly gardening, sustainable transport and environmentally-friendly paints.

There will also be talks in the church, including 'Lower your carbon footprint: eat what you grow', 'solar now and in the future', 'working to make sustainable travel safer and more accessible' and 'recycling in Oxford: what, where, when, why and how'.

One of the organisers, Karl Wallendszus, said he thought it was a fantastic opportunity for residents to help create a better world for the future.

He said: "This is the first time we've done anything like this and part of the reason we decided to start it up is the Eco Church scheme, which encourages churches to really take environmental issues seriously and a group of us at the Holy Trinity decided we really wanted to do that.

"The festival is also a good way of generating ideas and projects for the future so that we can live in a more sustainable area."

"It is so important that we look after the planet for the general future of our world but also, as Christians, we should be doing things like this and caring for what has been created: that is is part of our mission as Christians."

The vision of the Eco Church scheme is for all denominations to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully.

Mr Wallendszus, 53, said: "It would be really great to see lots of faces there as this is our first festival and it's a great chance to find out more about being eco-friendly.

"The event is free and anyone is welcome to come along."

For more information visit hthq.org.uk/eco-festival.html