Thousands spent the day at Carshalton Environmental Fair yesterday, where more than 150 stalls showcased local sustainability initiatives.

On the hottest recorded August bank holiday, fair-goers enjoyed children's activities, local crafts, interactive demonstrations, a farmers' market, food, drink and music in Carshalton Park, all delivered with an environmental message.

MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Tom Brake, spent the day selling second hand books, encouraging people to sign the St Helier Hospital and Better Buses for Sutton petitions.

He said: "This year at the Environmental Fair I was there, not only to raise awareness of possible plans for our local hospital and improvements to local bus services, but also to hear first hand from residents about their passion for the environment.

“Unsustainable consumption and environmental damage are really important issues, so it was great to see so many people, both promoting and supporting local ways of becoming more sustainable such as buying second-hand books!

“I was extremely pleased that the St Helier Hospital and Better Buses for Sutton petitions gained over a hundred new signatures, in just a few hours! The support that local residents are showing is truly inspiring.

"I am proud to be part of such an actively engaged local community.”