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Staff, students and even toddlers, all got involved in a week of green activities at the University of Worcester.

The annual Go Green Week saw a range of activities hosted across the University’s campuses, including a repair café, cooking demonstrations and free rides in a student-powered Pedicab.

The week was themed with each day taking a subject; Nature, Food and Health, Travel, Re-use, Repair and Recycle, and Energy.

To promote more sustainable travel there were sales of discounted bus tickets and bicycle repair workshops. Plus, the University was loaned a Pedicab, by Marcus Sparrow, who has been operating a service in Worcester for a number of years and is licenced to carry up to three passengers on a number of routes including the riverside and Diglis and in the city centre.

All week, an acclaimed photography exhibition, Whole Earth?, addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues, was on display around the University’s St John’s Campus.

Youngsters from the University’s nursery, Unitots, also got in on the week’s action, enjoying a nature trail, musical instrument workshop and a visit to the repair café.

Students taking the Introduction to Sustainability elective module organised the week’s activities as part of their assessment. As well as the events on campus, they worked with Oldbury Park Primary School on a walk to school survey, and supported a school litter pick.

Katy Boom, Director of Sustainability at the University said: “It can feel very daunting when students first learn about their assessment for this module as they are put into teams, working with students studying different and varied subjects. But they thrive and get a real sense of achievement and fun from their day. When they look at the monitoring of the outcomes of their activities and they realise just what they’ve achieved and learnt along the way many students say it’s one of the most enjoyable and memorable assessments during their time at university.”