Events calendar


Our calendar of current environmental events includes:

  • Demonstrations
  • Training courses
  • Fairs
  • Talks

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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.

Contact: Customer Service, 020 8969 1008, [email protected]
Location: London
Start time: 09:00
End time: 18:00
Organisation or Local Group: Brownfield Briefing
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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.

Contact: Nikki Packham, [email protected]
Location: Lancs County Council, County Hall, Fishergate Hill, Preston, PR1 8XB
Start time: 12:00

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.

Contact: WEA Nottinghamshire, 01623 427352, [email protected]
Location: Burton Joyce Library, Meadow Lane, Burton Joyce, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG14 5EY
Start time: 19:00
End time: 21:00
Organisation or Local Group: The Workers' Eductaional Association

Moulsecoomb Forest Garden 20th Anniversary

Sunday, October 5, 2014

There will be tours of the garden and a chance to chat to the people who have built one of Brighton's greenest ever buildings. Food and drink will be for sale. Entry is free, but any donations will go towards finishing off the building. Santander Bank have generously offered to double any funds we raise on the day, so your generosity would be doubly appreciated!! RSVP [email protected] to help us with numbers on the day. We're easy to find - just behind Moulsecoomb Station.

Contact: [email protected]
Location: Moulsecoomb Forest Garden, behind Moulsecoomb Station, Brighton, BN2
Start time: 12:00
End time: 17:00
Organisation or Local Group: Moulsecoomb Forest Garden & Wildlife Project

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.

Contact: WEA Lincoln Branch, 01522 522472, [email protected]
Location: The Market House, Market Street, Long Sutton, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 9DD
Start time: 10:00
End time: 12:30
Organisation or Local Group: The Workers Educational Association East Midlands
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Malton Global Frackdown Day

Friday, October 10, 2014

Mr. Frackhead will visit Malton to remind that we don't want fracking in the UK. Come and join him.

Contact: Josie Downs, [email protected]
Location: Opposite Hoppers in Market Place, Malton, YO17 7LW
Start time: 10:00
End time: 12:30
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Anti-fracking rally Wales

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Rally, with speakers, at the Senedd, from 12-2pm on Global Frackdown Day, 11 October 2014

Contact: [email protected]
Location: Senedd
Start time: 12pm
End time: 2pm
Organisation or Local Group: Cyfeillion y Ddaear Cymru

Fruit Cookery and Juicing

Saturday, October 11, 2014

This comprehensive, practical course covers topics including: harvesting and storing fruit; correct use of an apple press; planning and running group orchard activities (including harvesting; preserving and cooking with fruit); orchard fruit sustainability and health benefits. Part of the day will be spent creating a delicious shared lunch and some samples of food to take home. Tutors: Anne-Marie Bur, Robin van Creveld, Stephan Gehrels. Cost (depending on income): £70-£145.

Contact: [via website]
Location: Stanmer Park, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN1 9PZ
Start time: 09:30
End time: 16:30
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
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Global Frackdown Day

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Join in events across the UK showing the growing opposition to fracking.

Contact: Nikki Packham, [email protected]
Location: UK wide
Start time: [various]
Organisation or Local Group: Friends of the Earth EWNI

Introduction to the Honeybee

Sunday, October 12, 2014

In this course we will look at the world of the honeybee, introducing key concepts of biology and ecology. We will cover basic bee biology, swarming, introduce concepts behind Sustainable Beekeeping and spend time observing honeybees up close. You will need: good boots, clothes for all weather, paper, pens, and a veil if you have one. Taught by Sean Hearn and is held at Hawkwood Plant Nursery, Chingford with a mostly classroom sessions and some practical/observation work. Suitable for beginners.

Contact: [email protected]
Location: 115 Hawkwood Crescent, London, E4 7UH
Start time: 10:00
End time: 17:30
Organisation or Local Group: Organiclea Community Growers

Engaging communities on energy and climate change

Thursday, October 16, 2014

This course teaches the skills and information needed to develop long-term engagement of groups and individuals in work on climate change and low-carbon living. It looks at why climate change can be a particularly problematic issue for communities and how to overcome this. Course is led by Chris Church (Friends of the Earth Board member). Cost is £180 for smaller charities and Individuals, some concessionary rates are available.

Contact: Bertil Grunberg, 020 7324 4775
Location: TCPA, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AS
Start time: 10:00
End time: 16:00
Organisation or Local Group: Talk Action

Green Roofs

Saturday, October 18, 2014 to Sunday, October 19, 2014

This couseis held at two locations and has different daily times: Sat 10-5 Sun 10-1. Learn about green roofs and how to create them on this one and a half day course. Includes practical work and site visits. Course fee (depending on income) £115-£250. Tutors: Lee Evans and James Farrell. ***Note: bookings can only be made via our website.

Contact: [via webiste]
Location: Varndean School, Balfour Road, Brighton, BN1 6NP [and] Crewe Club, 26 Coolham Drive, Brighton, BN2 5QW
Start time: 10:00
End time: 13:00
Organisation or Local Group: Brighton Permaculture Trust

Free anti-road campaigner conference

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A free national anti-roads conference for all those concerned about the new wave of highly damaging road-building about to be unleashed on the country by the Government. Come and find out what you can do to oppose this, what the alternatives are and learn some new skills along the way. A chance to share knowledge and experiences or just to find out more. Please register in advance using Eventbrite as places are limited:

Contact: Chris Todd, 07889 302 229, [email protected]
Location: Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LS (nearest tube Aldgate East)
Start time: 10:30
End time: 17:15
Organisation or Local Group: Roads to Nowhere, Campaign for Better Transport
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Seed planting, BBQ and beer tasting at Oktoberfest, North Tyneside

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Friends of the Earth North Tyneside are working in partnership with Clarence and Waterford Resident's Association and Rockcliffe First School to develop a ‘Bee World’ wildflower meadow in the Station Masters Community Wildlife Garden at the garden's Octoberfest. The day begins with a clearing and planting session from 11-3pm, to be followed by beer tasting and barbecue! Ground preparation time for this Bee World will be 13-15 October 10am-2pm, 16-17 October 3pm-5pm, 18 October 10am-4pm. Come for half an hour or longer if you can, to help prepare the ground for the Bee World seeds. We would really appreciate your help.

Contact: Carol Musgrove, [email protected]
Location: The Station Masters Community Wildlife Garden, Whitley Bay, NE26 2DZ, North Tyneside
Start time: 11am
End time: 5pm
Organisation or Local Group: North Tyneside Friends of the Earth
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Why bother with fracking

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Join Reading Friends of the Earth during Reading International Festival for a public meeting with Professor Chris Rhodes. The evening will cover options for global and UK energy in the context of declining supplies of conventional crude oil. Professor Rhodes will review the controversial ‘Fracking’ process and constraints on renewable energy and electrification, concluding that we must adapt to lower-energy lifestyles. His talk will include issues around population, energy use/efficiency, and where we are going (or should go) as a human society.

Contact: [email protected]
Location: Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), Room 3, 35-39 London Street, Reading, UK, RG1 4PS
Start time: 20:00
Organisation or Local Group: Reading Friends of the Earth

Air quality for All

Thursday, October 30, 2014

As part of the 21st Century Challenges discussion series, an expert panel will gather at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to discuss the problem and how creative technology and new thinking can help us all breathe more easily. This is a public event and all are welcome to attend. Panel discussion will be followed by audience Q&A. Tickets £10 (£7 RGS-IBG members) -book online or call 0207 591 3100.

Contact: RGS-IBG events office, 0207 591 3100
Location: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR
Start time: 19:00
Organisation or Local Group: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

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

Your Century!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Your Century! will bring together young people to discuss our relationship with the natural environment. We will begin to devise solutions to make a difference for the coming century. There will be inspirational speakers involved in the global movement for change, working in the fields of environmental activism, finance, technology, conservation, business and more. Your Century! will help you to become guardians of our amazing home and protectors its inhabitants. Free, but registration essential.

Contact: Jamie, [email protected]
Location: The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR
Start time: 16:15
End time: 21:00
Organisation or Local Group: Synchronicity Earth

Gardens of the Arts & Crafts movement

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The 19th century movement introduced the idea of using handcrafted objects in natural materials in simple captivating styles. This course will look at the elements they considered essential to creating gardens and study a number of existing arts & crafts gardens. Course Fee £23.10 or free if in receipt of an eligible income related benefit.

Contact: WEA Lincoln Branch, 01522 522472, [email protected]
Location: Friends Meeting House, 1 Park Street, Lincoln, LN1 1UR
Start time: 9:30
End time: 15:30
Organisation or Local Group: The Workers' Educational Association - East Midlands

Full permaculture design course

Saturday, January 24, 2015 to Sunday, June 14, 2015

To introduce the basic concepts of permaculture theory and practice and enable learners to integrate ecological and design thinking into their everyday lives. As a result of attending this course it may be possible for you to apply permaculture ethics and principles to situations in your own life; describe some of the principles, processes and elements working within natural systems; describe the process of design and a variety of tools and methods within it, and use it in a variety of situations; and apply your learning within your home, garden, community and the wider world. 14 x 6.5-hour sessions. Course fees £359.91 or free if in receipt of an eligible income related benefit.

Contact: WEA Nottingham Community Involvement, 0115 9858203, [email protected]
Location: St. Anns Allotments Visitor Centre, 121 Ransom Road, Nottingham, NG3 3LH
Start time: 9:30
End time: 16:00
Organisation or Local Group: The Workers' Educational Association East Midlands