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Going green: The giant tree makes a friend
Going green: The giant tree makes a friend
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Shoppers in Preston did a double take when they spotted a giant tree walking around the city.

The eye-catching figure played a key part in raising the awareness of green issues as part of the University of Central Lancashire’s annual Green Week celebrations.

Alongside the tree stilt walker, staff and students took part in an iced treasure hunt, turned 
picture waste into art, enjoyed rickshaw rides across campus and tried ethical pancakes.

Many other activities took place, including staff and students playing eco games and puzzles, which highlighted the environmental impacts of lifestyle choices, and making pledges to try to lower their carbon footprint.

The fun and visual events were aimed at raising environmental issues with the 38,000 students and staff and encouraging them to reduce their environmental footprint in one of four simple ways.

The university’s green team, made up of a collection of staff and students, also used the week to promote sustainable travel and other ongoing projects across campus.

Sarah Buckland, UCLan’s environment and sustainability manager, said: “It’s been a huge success and we’re delighted with the amount of students and staff who’ve engaged with green issues throughout the week’s activities.

“The real stars of the week were our student volunteers. Their choice of degrees ranged widely between textiles, policing, sports psychology and mechanical engineering, but their commitment and energy to helping others at UCLan reduce their green footprint was impressive.”