The FutureProof Zone

The FutureProof Zone

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Drop-in sessions throughout the day.

The FutureProof Zone at bOing! is all about our planet and what we can all do to look after it. In this area of the bOing! site you will find information and activities helping us to think about all the different ways we can help ensure the future of our planet; from learning about what happens to our waste and where our food comes from, to exploring the biodiversity of the Kent campus and finding out about other local initiatives, such as Wildwood’s ‘Wilder Blean’ project. Here’s some of the activities and stalls in the FutureProof Zone:

Right to Food
The University of Kent have committed to become a Right to Food University. Come and find out more about the project, find out what a sustainable diet looks like and have your say on how easy (or difficult) it is to eat a sustainable diet in Kent!

Kent Community Oasis Garden 

    • Come and find out about the Kent Community Oasis Garden (KentCOG), our sustainable food and wellbeing garden run as a collaboration between the University of Kent and East Kent Mind.
    • From the KentCOG table you can pick up a Creative Nature Trail worksheet for families to fill out on a self-guided nature trail that has been marked out on campus. As part of the trail, children (and adults!) are encouraged to collect items for a journey stick which they can then make back at the KentCOG table. 
    • The Kent Community Oasis Garden Coordinator, Debi Adams, will also be leading guided walks of the creative nature trail at 11am and 2pm each day encouraging participants to engage with the natural world whilst at Boing, and sharing her knowledge, nature sights and journey stick top tips. Capacity – 20 children (+parents/adults) Please book here –https://boingfestival.com/whats-on/ticketed-events/creative-nature-trail-guided-walk-with-kentcog/

Canterbury Refillery

    • The Refillery is Canterbury’s new Plastic-Free refill dispensing store, designed to help Canterbury residents and visitors purchase regular household basics whilst reducing their use of unnecessary single-use plastic packaging.  
    • Visit our stall for some refill essentials to help you on your minimal waste journey, and sign up for our free membership loyalty points scheme, and if eligible to register for the 5% Student Discount (with student ID).

Heart and Soil Composting

    • Visit our static display exploring what composting is, encouraging people to delve into and share their ‘whys’, and then detailing how to compost, all adorned with cardboard worms! Take part in soil care quizzes, ‘I love worms’ badge making, modelling and wormery wildlife colouring in pages.
    • 45 minute workshop will be at 12pm each day and will be sign up at the stall/turn up on the day (not booking in advance)
    • Each day we will be hosting a 45 mins ‘DIY Worm Farm’ workshop at 12:00 each day, making worm farms for local community growing spaces. Please sign up at the stall/turn up on the day (no need to book in advance).  This workshop is aimed at primary school aged children and involves movement exercises, hands on worm farm building, as well as group games and discussion.

Canterbury Climate Action Partnership (CCAP)

    • CCAP brings together like-minded interest groups from across the district to mobilise action towards a more sustainable future; especially to achieve a zero carbon district by 2030.
    • Come and learn more about the carbon footprint of everyday items and activities by playing our interactive game ‘How bad are bananas’.

Birds, bugs and bees

    • Come and upcycle plastic bottles into beautiful bird feeders or bug hotels. Attract wildlife into your garden while transforming waste into decorative creations. Suitable for all ages.