AN “ECO-fair” planned for Ryedale is set to take place virtually next week due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The Ryedale Environmental Group (REG) was planning an event in Pickering in July.

Dozens of stalls were booked by a wide range of groups from Pickering Hedgehog Rescue to Compassion in World Farming, as well as live speakers on a variety of topics, but the event had to be shelved due to the pandemic.

Peter Winter, chairperson of REG, said: “Due to the social distancing restrictions we have now decided to hold a virtual alternative - Ryedale Environment Week - from October 24 to 31 - with green and environmental interest organisations showcasing their work through a mix of written and oral presentations and Q&A sessions during the week.

“We are planning a week of inspiration from local organisations leading the way towards a more sustainable Ryedale.

“We hope the daily live Zoom events, videos, stories and information will inspire more people to take action and get involved.”

The event will start on Friday, October 23, at 7pm, with a live event featuring Thirsk and Malton MP Kevin Hollinrake speaking about how the UK government’s policy on climate change will help Ryedale, and answering questions from the online audience.

The following day will offer a second opportunity in Ryedale to see the film 2040 hosted by Environmental Smart, which examines how we can use the technology we already have to mitigate the global issues we currently face.

Other highlights include a talk by Sue Jefferson, from Circular Malton and Norton on the development of a local circular economy, and presentations from Ryedale District Council’s new environment officer, John Law, plus talks from Compassion in World Farming and On Your Bike from Big Bear Bikes.

Access to the event is via the REG Facebook page or via which will feature a diary of events and booking details. For more information, email