VISITORS to a national park can bring old or broken items for repair to help reduce waste and protect the future of England’s landscapes next weekend.

Alston Moor Repair Café will be hosted at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre on Sunday, December 5.

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As part of Northumberland National Park’s Future Landscapes Festival, the team of skilled volunteers from the Alston Moor Repair Café group, armed with many years’ experience of mending and reusing, will aim to repair items that would otherwise be thrown away, helping to improve the impact landfill waste has on the landscape and wider environment.

Caroline Cope, engagement officer at Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “Reducing waste is something we should all be actively doing to help protect the planet and the environment.

“By carrying out repairs instead of throwing away items, we will drastically reduce the volume of raw materials needed to be mined and quarried, and the energy required to manufacture new products.

“Northumberland National Park’s unique and special landscapes, its natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage, are all things we need to protect and enhance to ensure it can be enjoyed by future generations. It’s therefore a pleasure to host the Alston Moor Repair Café as part of the Future Landscapes Festival.

“The Repair Café will not only help to highlight the environmental issues we face, by throwing repairable items away, it will also help educate visitors to consider what they throw away and the impact it can have on the environment.”

Gordon Monk, from the Alston Moor Repair Café, said: “The team at the Alston Moor Repair Café are proud to play a part in the Future Landscapes Festival at this important time, and to have this opportunity to sow the seeds for similar events in the future that will benefit both the community and the environment.

“If anyone is interested in running their own repair café, we hope the day will inspire them and would encourage anyone wishing to find out more to come along on the day.”

Visitors are invited to bring along items that they’d like fixing, as long the item is a suitable size that can be easily carried. For example, a hair dryer that’s stopped working, a jumper that needs darning, or a lawn mower that doesn’t start. Repairs could also include replacing a zip on a garment or repairing a tear.

All electrical items are PAT tested, so visitors can be assured that they will be safe to use when items are returned home. The volunteers will first asses the broken item, and where possible, carry out repairs there and then. It’s also a great opportunity for people to acquire new skills and learn how to repair items themselves safely in the future.

The Repair Café will be open from 10am until 3pm. Work carried out in the Repair Café is performed free of charge on a voluntary basis by the repair experts at hand, with donations welcome which will go towards supporting the group’s work.

Visit https://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/events/bin-it-no-way/event-4283/ to find out more.

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