A FEEL-GOOD festival is taking place in celebration of green spaces and unique forms of nature.

Planet Essex Festival, set at the beautiful Cressing Temple Barns, will educate guests on how to better care for our surrounding environments.

Experts from charities such as Essex Wildlife Trust and the Woodland Trust will be on hand to offer valuable advice on how people can nurture our delicate nature, and more than 25 stalls will be selling a variety of cosmetics, soft fabrics, delicious street food and quirky gifts.

For children, Essex Country Parks and the Wilderness Foundation will host several exciting sessions which will give young explorers the chance to build dens, play in the mud kitchen and create colourful wildlife crafts.

Rowing champion and Essex Police officer Dawn Wood, who is one of the fastest women to row solo across the Atlantic, will also be in attendance as the festival’s guest of honour.

As well as dipping into the dramatic events of her ocean-going heroics, Dawn, alongside a variety of other guest speakers, will also highlight the devastating impact of pollution and offer her take on what this generation can do to better serve the preservation of our world.

Inventive recycling will also be demonstrated as the Junk Orchestra remarkably creates playable instruments out of discarded rubbish before showcasing their inventions during a musical performance.

Planet Essex Festival takes place today from 10am.

Adult tickets cost £8 and children’s tickets are £4 from eventbrite.com.

Tickets on the door are £10 (£5 children, under-twos free).