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.
The Deep South Music Festival
Saturday, August 23, 2014 to Sunday, August 24, 2014
We'll be taking our Music Festival in the Isle of Man, and reminding all the festival goers of what they can do to keep our bee population happy and healthy.
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.
Open garden and music in aid of Friends of the Earth
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Home on the Hill's open garden & music afternoon in aid of Friends of the Earth. Tea, cake, live music and knitting. Be inspired by the large and productive organic gardens with orchard, herbs, vegetable growing, greenhouse, composting, water harvesting, ponds, ornamental areas, wildlife areas, chickens and bees. The beekeeper will be there to talk to visitors. All welcome. Admission £2.50.
B&B for bees - stall & activities
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Portsmouth Friends of the Earth are running a stall and family friendly activities to promote B&B for bees at the local environmental Summer Fair in Victoria Park, Portsmouth. Wear at hat with flowers.
Bee & Bee stall
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Come along to meet the Northants Friends of the Earth group at a stall at the Bardic Picnic, and find out how you can help your local bees.
IGas AGM, London – Demo and lobby
Monday, September 1, 2014
Make some noise and ensure shareholders hear loud and clear we don’t want the dirty F-word
Scything For beginners and improvers
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
The fourth year of our highly successful one-day courses run by Mark Allery. Join us at the beautiful Rosamund Fruit and Vegetable Community Garden to learn everything you need to know about how to use a scythe, including mowing techniques, sharpening and safety. To book your place, email Frances (details below). £25 per participant.
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).
SuperHome Open Days
Thursday, September 11, 2014 to Sunday, September 21, 2014
How do you renovate an older family home for 5 star carbon saving comfort? Find out when SuperHome Open Days let you get the inside story on some exceptional home improvement projects. SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for greater comfort, lower bills and carbon savings of 60% or more. Tours and Q&A sessions let you quiz the owners. If your goal is increased home comfort, reduced energy bills or a smaller carbon footprint, a visit is sure to inspire. Entry is free.
Frack the Forest
Friday, September 12, 2014
The government plans to Frack our country away. Bracknell MP, Phillip Lee, will put the government's view on fracking. Friends of the Earth will show why fracking is a colossal mistake. The evening starts at 6pm, with Dr Lee and Friends of the Earth debating from 6.15pm. Followed by the film 'The Truth Behind The Dash For Gas'. You are sure to be enraged and inspired. Light refreshments will be provided.
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.
Converting 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.
Making our voice heard on climate change
Saturday, September 13, 2014
A morning's training and networking, to enable us to lobby MP's and government more effectively on climate change. James Boyle of the Climate Coalition will provide the national and international context, and suggest a timetable for activities leading to the Paris 2015 UN conference.
Yorkshire and the Humber regional gathering
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Details are yet to be finalised and will be updated on this event listing. Local group members in the area will be emailed with information about the regional gathering in due course.
Community Energy Fortnight
Saturday, September 13, 2014 to Saturday, September 20, 2014
The Community Energy Fortnight, in association with Co-operative Energy, is an opportunity to explore and celebrate how communities across the UK are generating, owning and saving energy. Doors will be opened to projects up and down the country – from seeing inside a wind turbine to building your own solar panel. Members of the public will get a chance to see their local community energy projects up close, and meet the people who are directly benefiting from them. Visit the website for the full list of events.
Bee-friendly planting week of action
Saturday, September 20, 2014 to Sunday, September 28, 2014
From Saturday 20 - Sunday 28 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/beenbees, or if you have a bigger space available, visit 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?
Anti-Fracking lobby and march
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Anti-Fracking lobby and march in Manchester city centre
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 to Tuesday, November 25, 2014
A look at six of England's fabulous and historic royal gardens. In the past the royal gardens were at the forefront of fashion and set the standard for others to follow. Find out about the fashionable showcase at Hampton Court Palace, the oldest royal garden at Windsor Castle and the fairly new garden at Buckingham Palace and three other stunning royal gardens .9 x 1.5-hour sessions. Course fees £52.00 or free if in receipt of an eligible income related benefit.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 to Wednesday, November 26, 2014
This course is a journey from the foothills of Mesopotamia in 3000BC, Egypt and Persia, through China and Japan to Europe - arriving at the English landscape movement. 9 x 1.5-hour sessions. Course fees £52.00 or free if in receipt of an eligible income related benefit.
Make your garden glorious!
Thursday, September 25, 2014 to Thursday, November 13, 2014
As modern gardens get smaller, choosing the right plants and caring for them correctly becomes ever more important. We look at some of the many new plants which have recently come on sale, as well as old favourites, placing them in suitable settings for optimum growth and looking at different aspects of design in the garden. Covers hands-on planting and pruning, plant identification skills and commonly encountered problems, together with how to tackle them. 7 x 2-hour sessions. Course fee £53.90 or free if in receipt of an income related benefit.
Great glasshouses and fantastic follies
Friday, September 26, 2014 to Friday, November 7, 2014
A course that'll take your breath away as you step into either a great glass cathedral of the Victorian period or a fantastic folly from the English Landscape period. For both sets of structures we will be looking at design, function and visual appeal. You might also consider taking on the job of a hermit in the grotto or hermitage? 7 x 2-hour sessions course fees £53.90 or free if in receipt of an eligible income related benefit.
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.
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.
Say NO to Fracking at Tory Party Conference Demo
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Make some noise and ensure the Tories hear loud and clear we don’t want the dirty F-word
Flood Risk Management
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Developing a robust flood risk management strategy that enables you to better assess flood risk, and effectively prioritise investment in flood protection & mitigation, is more vital than ever before. This conference brings together experts and key industry players involved in all aspects of predicting and mapping flood risk as well as providing solutions and technologies to manage that risk.
Demo and rally outside Lancashire County Council
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Join us outside the Full Council meeting to call for a Frack Free Lancashire
Introduction to garden design
Thursday, October 2, 2014 to Thursday, November 20, 2014
Looking for guidance and inspiration? This course examines the key principles and demystifies the ground rules of garden design. We'll study garden style, how to achieve balance and unity, working with colour and plants. 7 x 2-hour sessions. Course fees £53.90 or free if in receipt of an eligible income related benefit.
Learn about gardening
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 to Tuesday, November 11, 2014
No matter what your gardening skills are, everybody is welcome to come and learn and share their gardening knowledge, and experiences with like minded people. 5 x 2.5-hour sessions, course fee £50.05 or free if in receipt of an eligible income related benefit.
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.