BEE-FRIENDLY gardeners, solar panel scientists and an environmental paint mixer will join the line-up at the second Headington Eco Festival next month.

Oxford Co-wheels car share club will also be showing off one of their vehicles and Oxford City Council's recycling team will be running rubbish games at Holy Trinity Church all afternoon on Sunday, May 20.

The free family event, returning to Headington after a year's absence, aims to show locals just how easy it can be to take small actions in day-to-day life – such as using the right paint – which can help to tackle environmental change.

Organiser Hilary Rollin said: "It's that old saying – think globally, act locally.

"Our festival is raising awareness of how we as individuals and as a community can actually do something constructive to try and offset some of the damage that's currently affecting the environment."

Kicking off at 2pm, the festival will feature six speakers giving inspiring talks in the church on smart technology in the home, latest developments in recycling, insect-friendly planting, organic food and air quality.

Stalls will be run by cycling charity Sustrans, the Friends of Lye Valley conservation group and environmentally-friendly paint makers Paint Buzz.

Joining them will be Rosi Rollings, who runs Rosy Bee insect-friendly plant nursery in East Hanney near Wantage, as well as groups promoting solar panels and way to 'eco retrofit' a home.

In the car park outside, Headington's Orinoco scrapstore will be showing off its work alongside Oxford's Broken Spoke bike repair co-op and low-carbon community group Bicester Green, which will be making furniture from pallets.

This year's festival has been made possible by a £250 grant from the Headington Action civic group.

The green gathering was first held in 2016 but the organisers, who mostly belong to Holy Trinity Church, decided to give themselves even more time to put their second outing together.

Mrs Rollin said: "The first festival was such a lovely, fun occasion: people all came together on a Sunday afternoon, and it was absolutely sensational – people really enjoyed it.

"As a society we have lapsed into bad ways, but we are trying to focus on measures that each of us can take like saving water, getting the recycling right and energy in the home.

"For example, it's quite often surprising for people to realise how much energy we can waste by leaving things on standby.

"People often think solar panels are expensive, but we waste money in other ways."

This year's event will also feature a stall on water-saving tips from Thames Water, and the firm which runs Ardley Incinerator near Bicester will be signing people up for guided tours.

The fun will run from 2pm until 5.30pm.