Events calendar

 

Our calendar of current environmental events includes:

  • Demonstrations
  • Training courses
  • Fairs
  • Talks

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What have bees ever done for us?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

An evening of talks by leading experts, followed by a question time-style debate. This promises to be a really great event, entry is only £2 and tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. Venue is 5 mins walk from mainline station.

Contact: Rachel, [email protected]
Location: The Redwood Centre (next to Clair hall), Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 3DN
Start time: 20:00
End time: 21:45
Organisation or Local Group: Mid Sussex Friends of the Earth and Haywards Heath Society

Introduction to Bee Keeping

Saturday, August 2, 2014

This is a shortened version of our popular 2-day bee keeping course that Graham runs for us. On this taster course you will learn all about bees and their behaviour. You will get to see inside a live working bee hive as Graham dismantles one in front of you. This course is ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about bees or who wants to see if keeping bees is for them. Cost: £50 (includes refreshments, lunch and course materials).

Contact: Gary Dutton, 01244 300 246, [email protected]
Location: Trafford Hall, Ince lane, Wimbolds Trafford, Chester, CH2 4JP
Start time: 10.00
End time: 16:00
Organisation or Local Group: Trafford Hall
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Dig the City, Manchester

Saturday, August 2, 2014 to Sunday, August 10, 2014

Manchester Friends of the Earth will be hosting a bee-friendly show garden as part of this wonderful urban gardening festival. Why not drop by and chat to them about the Bee Cause?

Contact: [email protected]
Location: Manchester city centre, see the website for more details
Start time:
Organisation or Local Group: Manchester Friends of the Earth

Ecological Design Thinking – Re-Visioning a Land-Based Future

Monday, August 4, 2014 to Friday, August 15, 2014

An exciting opportunity for enthusiastic agents of change interested in co-designing new approaches to a way of life that is socially just and ecologically sustainable. Working with leading voices David Orr, Raul de Villafranca and Seaton Baxter, you will experience and practice ideas at the cutting edge of ecological design whilst working on an a new design challenge on the Dartington Hall Estate. Fee: £1,350 - includes accommodation, food, field trips, materials. Bursaries are available.

Contact: [email protected]
Location: Schumacher College, The Old Postern Dartington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EA
Start time: 13:30
Organisation or Local Group: Schumacher College

Fruit Tree Grafting

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The course encourages participants to develop practical skills in the propagation of fruit trees. Experience will be gained in the use of a grafting knife, concentrating on the technique of “Chip Budding” to graft an apple variety onto a rootstock. Course fee (depending on income) £55-£145 Tutors: Peter May, Stephan Gehrels.

Contact: [via website]
Location: Stanmer Park, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN1 9PZ
Start time: 10:00
End time: 17:00
Organisation or Local Group: Brighton Permaculture Trust

Build your own Solar Panel Workshops

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Learn to build your own solar panel in this workshop with Simon White. Cost: £100, including taking home the solar panel that you build.

Contact: Simon White, [via form] http://bit.ly/VJaJAZ
Location: United Kingdom
Start time: 09:30
End time: 17:00
Organisation or Local Group: The Permaculture Association

Scything

Saturday, August 16, 2014 to Sunday, August 17, 2014

This course covers the practical and theoretical elements of scything, giving participants the practical skills and techniques necessary to scythe lawns, larger areas and thorny undergrowth. Day 1: 10:00 - 17:00. Day 2: 09:30 - 15:30 (with an optional 07:00 start). Tutors: Simon Fairlie, Stefan Gehrels, Beth Tilston. Cost: £80-£200 (depending on income). NB bookings can only be made via our website.

Contact: [via website]
Location: Stanmer Park, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN1 9PZ
Start time: 10:00
Organisation or Local Group: Brighton Permaculture Trust

Elect Your Energy Future

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Question Time format debate whereby a panel of five politicians (including MPs, MEPs and parliamentary candidates) discuss and debate their parties’ vision of the UK’s energy future. We’ll be discussing questions about bridging the growing “energy gap” between supply and demand, regulating the energy market, supporting new energy technology, lowering energy bills, reducing the UK’s carbon footprint and many other issues related to energy policy. Tickets: free. Register via website, below.

Contact: [email protected]
Location: Calman Learning Centre, Durham University, DH1 3LE
Start time: 18:30
End time: 20:30
Organisation or Local Group: Durham Energy Institute

Build your own Solar Panel Workshops

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Learn to build your own solar panel in this workshop with Simon White. Cost: £100, including taking home the solar panel that you build.

Contact: Simon White, [via form] http://bit.ly/VJaJAZ
Location: V22 Axion House, 1 Silver Road, London, SE13 7BQ
Start time: 09:30
End time: 17:00
Organisation or Local Group: The Permaculture Association

SuperHome Open Days

Monday, September 1, 2014 to Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How do you renovate an older home for 5 star carbon saving comfort? Find out when SuperHome Open Days let you get the inside story. SuperHomes are older homes refurbished for greater comfort, lower bills and carbon savings of 60% or more. Tours and Q&A sessions let you quiz the owners, so you can discover what worked and get frank feedback on anything that didn’t. If your goal is increased home comfort, reduced energy bills or a smaller carbon footprint, a visit is sure to inspire. Free entry.

Contact: 01908 256 918
Location: Nationwide
Start time: [Various]
Organisation or Local Group: SuperHomes

Climate Change and Development Short Course

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 to Friday, September 12, 2014

The purpose of this short course is to equip non-specialists with a broad understanding of what climate change may mean for low-income populations. It will examine the scope and prospects for adapting to change and contributing to emissions reduction in the context of development issues and poverty reduction. Full details, including the course brochure, can be found on our website. Fee: £3000 (including self-catering accommodation).

Contact: International Development UEA, [email protected]
Location: International Development UEA, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
Start time:
Organisation or Local Group: International Development UEA

UK Permaculture Convergence

Friday, September 12, 2014 to Sunday, September 14, 2014

A diverse range of workshops, practical sessions, a visit to a very well established local permaculture LAND centre, project case studies, diploma presentations, networking, exhibitions, woodland walks, games, adventure activities and lots, lots more! Ticket prices include fantastic local food grown just 1.5 miles away by OrganicLea, and cooked by the wonderful 'Norman Loves Soup' caterers.

Contact: [email protected]
Location: London
Start time: 14:00
End time: 15:00
Organisation or Local Group: Permaculture Association

Converterting to natural beekeeping

Saturday, September 13, 2014 to Sunday, September 14, 2014

This course is designed for beekeepers wishing to convert to natural beekeeping with the Top Bar Hive, a much friendlier way of helping bees to thrive and much easier to do and learn.

Contact: Rob and Tim, [email protected], 01929 556389
Location: Alpha Farm Bere Road, Coldharbour, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 7PA
Start time: 9.30
End time: 16.30

Bee-friendly planting day of action

Saturday, September 20, 2014

On Saturday 20 September we're encouraging bee-lovers everywhere to get out there and plant some bee-friendly plants and flowers. So please save the date and encourage your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours to join you. You can download further info at www.foe.co.uk/beeworlds. And if you want to help local bees even more, why not get in touch with your nearest Friends of the Earth Local Group at www.foe.co.uk/findagroup to plan a planting day near you?

Contact: [email protected]
Location: Nationwide
Start time:
Organisation or Local Group: Friends of the Earth

Permaculture Design Course (building sustainable communities)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

12 weekend days 27 Sept – 7 Dec. A requirement is prior attendance on the Introduction to Permaculture course or equivalent. Part of a national adult and lifelong learning programme, run by a number of Permaculture Design Course providers. It follows the 72-hour international Permaculture Design Course syllabus and so qualifies participants for the Permaculture Design Course completion certificate awarded by the Permaculture Association (Britain). Cost: £560-£840. NB: bookings only via website.

Contact: [via website]
Location: Stanmer Park, Brighton, BN1 9PZ [& other Sussex locations]
Start time:
Organisation or Local Group: Brighton Permaculture Trust

Apple Day at Stanmer Park

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Our annual, free (car parking £5), family day, featuring masses of apple-themed activities, food & drink, storytelling, plays, music, apple identification and a wonderful range of stalls selling local produce and a lot more. Not to be missed... the sun always shines.

Contact: [via website]
Location: Stanmer Park, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN1 9PZ
Start time: 11:00
End time: 17:00
Organisation or Local Group: Brighton Permaculture Trust

Building with Rammed Earth & Chalk

Saturday, October 11, 2014 to Sunday, October 12, 2014

Will cover the basics, from the benefits of building with rammed earth, finding the right earth, choosing a formwork system, different construction methods, design detailing, different approaches and the various tools used. There will be a large practical component to the course, with the construction of a section of rammed earth wall. Tutors: Rowland Keable, Mischa Hewitt. CPD certified. Fee (depending on income) £90-£225. NB bookings can only be made via website, below.

Contact: [via website]
Location: Stanmer Park, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN1 9PZ
Start time: 09:00
End time: 17:30
Organisation or Local Group: Brighton Permaculture Trust

Eco Renovate your Home

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A one-day course run in partnership with Low Carbon Trust and in association with RESET. This course looks at making the home more energy efficient and highlights areas where savings can be made and carbon footprints reduced. It is tailored to the individual participant’s needs and is suitable for beginners and those familiar with eco-building. Tutors: Rebecca Sarll and Mischa Hewitt CPD certified. Fee £72-£162.See website for full details and booking information.

Contact: [via website]
Location: Phoenix Community Centre, 2 Phoenix Place, Brighton, BN2 9ND
Start time: 09:00
End time: 17:30
Organisation or Local Group: Brighton Permaculture Trust