PREPARATIONS are well underway for a free event in Taunton giving help and advice to people looking to live in a more sustainable way.

The Going Green event, presented by Taunton Transition Town, will offer visitors information and advice on energy, waste, food, transport, family and home as well as many, many tips to take away.

Neighbouring Transition Town groups from Wellington, Athelney, the Blackdown Hills, Minehead and Alcombe, as well as Forum 21, are all taking part - and Quantock Eco will invite visitors to measure their carbon footprint.

The Taunton Area Cycling Campaign heads the transport area, with Nationwide Ebikes displaying their electric bicycles and Wellington Motors bringing a Nissan Leaf EV, whilst CoCars offer the alternative of hiring both cars and bikes.

Somerset Waste Partnership will add to the advice on recycling and waste reduction, while the Centre for Sustainable Energy will have lots of leaflets and factsheets about energy efficiency.

The Taunton-based Somerset Wildlife Trust will encourage wildlife gardening and Taunton Green Forum can tell you all about the park and greenspace groups.

On the grass area, Taunton Green Parents will share their tips for sustainable parenting and have some fun activities for children, while the Neroche Woodlanders forest school will be making flowers, flags and puppets from recycled materials.

In the morning, starting at 11am, there will be drumming workshops, using junk instruments.

"There will also be some small eco businesses, including Lesser Litter (Taunton’s zero-waste shop) with examples of different ways to shop," said a spokesperson for the event.

"Throughout the day, the Museum of Somerset will be showing some short films about a more sustainable way of life."

Musical entertainment will be provided in the afternoon in the marquee: The Break Beat Bandits will start at 12.30pm and the Jamesons will play folk tunes from 1.30pm - 2.30pm after which the big band returns for another session.

"There will be games and quizzes for all the family and lots of tips to take away, so bring a picnic and have some fun while learning how we can all live more sustainable lives," the spokesperson added.