Lots of eco/green art ideas and free games which teach children to respect the waste resources and planet around them.

Have Fun and Protect the Planet With Some Upcycled Garden Magic!

tyre recyclingThe days are getting longer, the grass is getting greener, ladybirds and butterflies are coming out of hiding and temperatures are slowly getting warmer. It’s that time of year again, spring! It’s a time for resolutions, good deeds and most of all renewal, so what better way to start off the new year than with some positive upcycling in the garden? Read more

Brighton Science Festival comes to Billingshurst

Billingshurst event

The Brighton Science Festival is coming to Billingshurst on Friday 29th May 2015.  It looks like a fairground. It IS a fairground, but each of the stalls has a surprise, something to grapple your mind, to discover, explore and play with. The Incredible Machine, the Amazing Shrinking Puppet Booth, upside-down Goggles, Bat the Rat, Pin the Tail on the Whale, plus many incredible other things, plus incredible talks from Richard Robinson – (“Victor Meldrew meets Basil Fawlty! Fantastically engaging!”) Read more

Importance of play

Outdoor PlayI have just read a really interesting article stressing the importance of play for children, where the author Dr Peter Gray compares human children to Carnivores and herbivores!  He says “There is a desperate need to give childhood back to children if we want our offspring to have happy productive and moral lives. We must allow more time for play not less, are you listening Michael Gove Secretary of State for Education”.


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Going Green Family Style

Green familiesGoing green is something we all should do, not just us as individuals, but as whole families. We’re not talking Saint Patrick’s Day or yard beautification. We’re talking about energy conservation, renewable energy, recycling and sustainable living.

Going green as a family is not only good for the environment, but it can also end up being excellent for your long-term bottom-line. Want to know more? Here are some great tips to get you started. Read more

National Playday outdoor free fun in Haywards Heath

Recycled masks

Wednesday 7th August 12 – 4pm

Entry free of charge

Come and join us for National Playday event in Victoria Park in Haywards Heath. The event aims to encourage young people and families to use the park and its facilities, the theme of the event being ‘Nature and the environment’.

The Sussex Green Living mascot Pedro and his recycled robots will be playing green games, to include:

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Visit wonderland Pooh House and Gardens

27th and 28th April 2013 11am – 5pm

Tucked away in the idyllic West Sussex village of Fittleworth is the magical one acre wonderland of Pooh House and Gardens.

Family outdoor event SussexOutdoor play for children

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Happy Easter Green World!


Recycled easter bonnet


Easter Bonnet competition……Children learn about recycling and reusing in this Easter bonnet competition. This bonnet was made out of two plastic food bowls, dragonflies made out of Quality Street wrappers, egg boxes made into flowers and bugs and a recycled grass skirt – every girl should have one!

Oh and not forgetting the upcycled milk carton as a watering can!


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Family fun in the countryside

Fittleworth geocachingDo you love getting out into the countryside? Inhaling fresh air, feeling the wind and sun on your face?  Do you need to occupy and exercise your children but be mindful of your weekly spend?  Well you can achieve all this and get some mental and physical exercise for your family by simply going for a walk in our wonderful countryside.  Then why not try geocaching? Read more

Come and buy some Green Christmas Presents

William Penn Xmas fayreXmas Fayre – Thursday 8th November 7 – 9pm

  • Would you like to raise money for a local school?
  • Would you like to raise money for a fantastic charity who support deprived families in the Philippines?
  • Would you like to get ahead of yourself with some Christmas presents, rather than have a last minute rush?
  • Would you like to buy some green/environmentally friendly Christmas presents?
  • Then come to the William Penn Primary School Xmas Fayre!

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Fabulous family festival fun!

Over the Moon Green family festival

Over the Moon Festival, a green and family-friendly event
Celebrating music, art and environmental awareness
On Friday 14 September until Sunday 16 September, 2012
Location: Hempstead Lane, Hailsham, East Sussex


Jim Mitchell, the festival organiser, says: ‘Over the Moon is an
Over the Moon - green family event opportunity for people to come together, get creative and have a wild time while learning how to live a more sustainable life.’

Alternative talks and workshops will be delivered by expert speakers at the forefront of their fields. These will include talks on environmental issues from Flemich Webb, environmental journalist and adventurer, the men behind Cadoo, the world’s only social network on sustainable living, and Tom Chute from 10:10 Brighton and Hove, who will give you advice on how to reduce your carbon footprint. Read more

Summer Activities

The summer holidays have arrived and it looks like we may have some rainy days between now and the children going back to school. With all that time to fill, why not try some of our Rainy Day Play or get the children making some Green or Eco Art?

Whether it is building robots or castles with boxes, rockets or 10 tin bowling with steel cans, Olympic torches with cardboard tubes, yoghurt pots and foil, elephants with bottles, tubs and foil or perhaps a bottle top flower for the garden.  They are all fun and creative activities which cost nothing, entertain the children and most importantly teach us to use rubbish as a waste resource.

Recycled art Recycled art Recycled green and eco art

Recycled elephant - green art - eco art 10 recycled steel cans Recycled flower - green art - eco art

Or put on your boots and rain coat (maybe your sun hat and sun cream) and get into the great green outdoors.  In the Kids’ Zone on the Sunny Day Play page you will find lots of ideas for places to visit.

We want you, the people of Sussex, to take some ownership of  www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk Forward your suggestions for events, videos, parks and green spaces etc to be added to “your” site.

“Greening Sussex by Sussex families”



Recycled Olympic Torch

Here is a simple and free recycling activity for the children during the summer holidays.

Recycled green and eco art

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Big Recycling Bonanza in Brighton

The Green Centre BrightonSunday 29 July 2012 (11am-3pm)

Event Location: The Green Centre, 39 Manor Hill, Brighton, BN2 5EL

The Green Centre are asking you to bring your biros, blouses, handbags, hammers and spanners (and a whole lot of other materials) to their Big Recycling Bonanza on Sunday 29 July (11am-3pm). Read more

Geocaching – the modern day treasure hunt


Modern day treasure huntFancy adding an extra dimension to your days out? Then give geocaching a go. Put simply, geocaching is a modern, high-tech take on a treasure hunt and has become something of a worldwide Read more

Sussex Family Fun Day in Recycling Week

We are holding a second Sussex Green Living (SGL) family fun day at the end of Recycling Week on Saturday 23rd June 10.30am – 2pm.  It is taking place in green gardens, fields and the SGL Green Den near Billingshurst.

Activities will include:

Outdoor play day Outside play Outside play Outdoor play

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Make your own unique envelopes….

…….. from recycled paper or card.

Here is how you do it:

  • Find an A4 page from a magazine which you have read or perhaps an old A4 flyer.
  • Print our Sussex Green Living envelope template* and then cut around the solid red lines.
  • Lay the template on your A4 magazine/recycled sheet and draw around the template.
  • Cut it out and then fold where you see the dotted lines on the template.
  • Stick the two edges with some glue.
  • Attach a small white address label and write on the name and address you want to send it to.
  • Now you have a recycled envelope which is unique to you!

It is as simple as that.

* To download your Sussex Green Living envelope template all you need to do is register in the Members’ Zone here, you will be emailed a password, then you can access lots of free members downloads additional site pages, content and free resources only available to members.  Go for it join this Green network now!

Upcycling – Knitting Plastic Bags!

With the best will in the world we still all manage to accumulate plastic bags! Here is a simple and brilliant idea for recycling them into a stylish home-knitted, eco bag!

You will need:

  • All the plastic bags under your sink (For a medium size knitted shopping bag you will need about 20 supermarket sized carrier bags)
  • Scissors
  • Knitting needles

What to do:

Make sure the bags have no holes or tears. Cut off the handles to leave the body of the bag

  • Start cutting the bag from the top in a 3cm wide strip, going in a spiral as if you were peeling an apple. You will end up with one big long strip of plastic 3cm wide
  • This strip is now your strand of wool. Tie it on one end of an 8mm knitting needle.
  • Cast on, knit and cast off as you would with wool. When you reach the end of a piece of plastic, tie a new piece on to it and continue knitting
  • Knit a rectangle of ‘fabric’ to the size you want. Fold it over into a bag shape and sew the sides using thin strips of carrier bag instead of thread. Make the stitches tight to make the bag strong!
  • Knit shoulder straps or handles by knitting two long, thin strips (about 4 stitches across is a good width)
  • Attach the straps using plastic thread again

Voila! You have your very own stylish, home-knitted eco bag for free! Why not try other projects? Mobile phone covers, shoulder handbags or even vegetable bags in different colours.

Interesting Facts

  • PLARN = plastic yarn
  • Supermarket plastic bags are strong and can hold between 15 and 20kg

For more information about recycling in Sussex check this site out!

Egg Cup Creatures

These are really easy to make!

Age: 5 and up






Let your imagination run wild when making these cute little egg cup creatures. Children can use whatever colours they like to create their own fun designs!

This green art is free and upcycles egg boxes.

What you’ll need:

  • Cardboard egg box
  • Scissors
  • Paints
  • Pipe cleaners, any colours will do
  • Craft knife, small scissor, or sharp pencil
  • White craft glue
  • Medium and large pom-poms
  • Wiggle eyes

How to make it:

  1. Have an adult cut egg cups out of egg carton. Paint in various colours of your choice and let dry, see photo.
  2. While egg cups are drying, create insect wings by cutting and bending pipe cleaners into various different shapes, see photo.
  3. Have an adult use a small scissor, sharp pencil, or craft knife to poke a hole in each side of the egg cup, insert wings into the holes. If you want the wings farther back on the body, poke the holes closer together, see photo.
  4. Turn egg cup upside down and bend ends of pip cleaners against the side of the cup to help hold them in place, see photo.
  5. Using two large pom-poms for heads or one medium pom-pom for bulging eyes, glue them to the fronts of the egg cups, see photo.
  6. Use pipe cleaners for legs and antennae. Antennae can be glued right to the pom-pom head. Legs can be inserted in the sides of the egg cup in the same fashion as the wings.
  7. Glue on wiggle eyes on the pom-poms to complete the face.


  1. You can decorate your insects even more by adding polka dots. Just dip the handle end of a paintbrush into a contrasting colour of paint and dot on.
  2. Foam egg cups can be used as well, but the cardboard soaks up the paint better though.
  3. Coloured wiggle eyes are available at your local craft supply store.

Have fun, enjoy!


Preparing for Earth Hour!

Preparing for Earth Hour!

Tonight hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments around the world unite each year to support the largest environmental event in history – Earth Hour.

More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011 alone, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. It also ushered in a new era with members going Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action for the planet. Without a doubt, it’s shown how great things can be achieved when people come together for a common cause.  You can learn more about Earth Hour here. There are loads of fun games for children here too.

Here at Sussex Green Living HQ we are having a candlelit fondue with friends to mark the occasion.

We are currently recycling old candles and making some Earth candles to mark the occasion. All you need to do is:

Find a container which some food came in from the supermarket or an old flower pot.

Fill it with soil and push a tennis ball into the soil to make a round indentation.  Using a stick make 3 little channels in the bottom which will act as feet to your Earth candle.

Met down old candles and try to recover the old wicks or make or buy some new wick.

Then pour your liquid wax into the Earth indentation putting the wick in the middle.  You might need to top up the wax as it seeps into the surrounding Earth.

Leave it to dry and firm up, then remove the new Earth candle from the soil, give it a little dust off but making sure some Earth is still left on.  And hey presto you have yourself some lovely recycled Earth candles.

Turn off all your lights to mark Earth Hour and commit to lasting action for the planet to turn around climate change.   Enjoy.  Photos to follow tomorrow!