The call is out for Londoners of all ages and experience, to get involved in the Big Dig Day on Saturday 21st March 2015. The day will see thousands of Londoners and many more people across the country don their wellies and get stuck in at a local food growing garden.
The Big Dig Day is the flagship community event of Capital Growth London’s network of over 2 000 food growing gardens located on roofs, in parks and tucked away in hidden corners between houses, by canals and on urban farms. In its fourth year the Big Dig is also run nationally and has helped recruit over 10 000 volunteers to take part in community gardening in the UK. Continue reading
Do you have an electrical appliance or electronic device that needs repairing? If so, come to Hounslow’s first-ever restart party on Saturday, March 7, at the Hounslow Library and give your objects a new lease of life.
Restart parties are pop-up community events offering free repair services to participants. They are the brainchild of The Restart Project, a London-based social enterprise that encourages and empowers people to use their electronics longer by sharing repair and maintenance skills. Continue reading
Ealing Transition and Ealing Friends of the Earth will be showing Disruption, a film about climate change and the climate-change movement, on February 15th at 7.30pm at St. Mary’s Church in Ealing. The film brings together commentary on the subject as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the efforts to organize last September’s People’s Climate March. The film lasts 52 minutes and will be followed by a short talk by Claire James from Ealing Friends of the Earth, focusing on 2015 as a key year for the climate movement.
The event takes place at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5RH. Entry is free, but donations will be solicited after the film to help cover costs. See also http://ealingtransition.org.uk/2015/02/01/sunday-15th-february-730pm-climate-change-event/
The Green Screen team would like to invite you to their next film screening: Switch
A documentary about energy. Filmed in 11 countries and exploring 9 key energy resources, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, Switch takes viewers on an exciting world tour of the energy frontier. The film has been embraced by universities, government agencies, energy companies and the media, as a nonpartisan, scientifically-based exploration of our energy transition. Continue reading
The fifteenth Brentford Recycling Action Group (BRAG) Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, 18th November 2014, at 7.00pm at the Docking Station, 108 High Street, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 8AT.
The AGM will comprise a review of BRAG’s activities in the past year, including our work at community events, followed by a number of presentations and a question-and-answer session. We will round off the evening with refreshments, where you’ll have a chance to chat with members and guests in an informal setting. Continue reading
Ealing Council and HelpLink are screening a short animated film, The Story of Stuff, this Thursday evening, 16 October, at the Dominion Centre in Southall.
The film, which is suitable for all ages, takes a light approach to showing how to generate less waste and save money.
In addition to the film there will be upcycling demos, discussion, free food and drink, opportunities to engage with local councillors, and more.
The event is free and takes place at the Dominion Centre, 112 The Green, Southall UB2 4BQ. Doors open at 7.30pm.
You can learn more by visiting: http://www.southalltransition.org /events
The first Ealing Fairtrade Awards have been launched this summer by
Ealing Fairtrade Group.
The Workplace category is open to any organization based in the borough of Ealing.
Simply send 50 words telling us why you should win to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading
Hounslow Council is celebrating Compost Awareness Week by giving away free compost on Saturday, 10 May, 2014. Bring a shovel and a maximum of four containers to pick up your compost at Hounslow Heath Nature Reserve, TW4 5RB (access via Frampton Road car park) from 10am to 1pm.
And there’s more. You’ll have the chance to learn about home composting, how to obtain a subsidised home-compost bin and how to make biodegradable newspaper plant pots for your seedlings. Be sure to bring the kids along to meet our mascot, Composting Claire.
Compost helps to improve soil structure, holds moisture in the soil and adds valuable nutrients to the soil – all of which helps your plants to grow.
London dustman. Illustration from Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and the London Poor (1851)
When Rosie Oliver says she’s going to take you on a rubbish trip, she means it literally. Rosie, a lawyer, lecturer and presenter specializing in environmental law and policy, created and leads a two-hour walk from Mudchute on the Isle of Dogs to Greenwich on the theme of rubbish and how it has influenced the landscape. Woven into her commentary are stories about the people who collected the rubbish and how the rubbish has been treated and transformed over the centuries.
One example is Mudchute Park, the site of the former mud chute that spurted silt dredged from Millwall Docks into “settling ponds”, a type of landfill for waste mud. Also, the Victorian homes we passed and structures like the railway viaduct were likely built using materials that included rubbish: the dust and ash from people’s fireplaces from burning coal and domestic rubbish, which was collected by dustmen and taken to brick factories in Kent where it was mixed with clay, fired and brought back to London to be used for building.
In the 21st century, the need to reuse, recycle and reduce the rubbish we generate is greater than ever, Rosie says.
The walk includes a visit to the Mudchute city farm, where we saw one of nature’s recyclers in action – a magnificent pig – and we finished on the banks of the Thames at Greenwich, a veritable treasure trove of historical rubbish.
Rosie’s company is called Dotmaker Tours, and she offers the rubbish walk to the public once a month, and at other times to private groups: http://dotmakertours.co.uk/page10.htm.