Events calendar

 

Our calendar of current environmental events includes:

  • Demonstrations
  • Training courses
  • Fairs
  • Talks

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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.

Contact: Frances, [email protected], 07891514574
Location: Rosamund Garden, Longdown Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 8PP
Start time: 10:00
End time: 16:00
Organisation or Local Group: Surrey Wildlife Trust

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

Barton Moss Community Energy

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Salford has huge renewable energy potential and we can create a positive alternative future for Barton Moss. Join local residents to discuss how we can make this future a reality.

Contact: Barton Moss Community Energy, [email protected]
Location: Irlam Steel Recreation Club, 524-526 Liverpool Road, Salford, M44 6AJ
Start time: 19:00
End time: 21:00
Organisation or Local Group: Barton Moss Community Energy

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.

Contact: Camille Ruddle, [email protected], 01908 256 918
Location: Various across UK (see website)
Start time: [various]
Organisation or Local Group: National Energy Foundation
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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.

Contact: John Halladay (local coordinator), 01344 449 115
Location: Coopers Hill Youth & Community Centre, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, RG12 7QS
Start time: 18:00
End time: 20:30
Organisation or Local Group: Bracknell Forest Frieinds of the Earth

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

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.

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
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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.

Contact: Edward Glennie, [email protected]
Location: Bouverie Hall, North Street, Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 5ES
Start time: 10:00
End time: 13:30
Organisation or Local Group: Swindon Friends of the Earth / Climate Action Network
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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.

Contact: [email protected]
Location: Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1AD
Start time: TBA

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.

Contact: http://ukcec.org/contact
Location: UK-wide
Start time: [various]
Organisation or Local Group: Community Energy Coalition
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Fracking training event

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Want to stand up and be counted on fracking? The extraction of shale gas by fracking poses serious risks to the environment and human health. With applications for fracking wells in central Lancashire perhaps the first of many across the county, it’s never been as important to make your voice heard. So come and join experts from Friends of the Earth and other local residents for an evening of skills and training in Burnley. We’ll tell you what’s really going on with fracking in Lancashire as well as working together to stop it. We’ll also share key skills like raising awareness in your community, helping to tell our side of the story in the local media, lobbying your local councillor or MP and inspiring other people to get involved. To book, please book online on the event website or e-mail us.

Contact: Tim Atkinson, [email protected]
Location: East Lancashire Volunteer Resource Centre, Yorkshire Street, Burnley, BB11 3BT
Start time: 19.30
End time: 21.30
Organisation or Local Group: Friends of the Earth
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Bee-friendly planting week of action

Saturday, September 20, 2014 to Sunday, September 28, 2014

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 more space, 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?

Contact: Rachel Hubbard, [email protected]
Location: Nationwide
Start time: [various]
Organisation or Local Group: Friends of the Earth
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Anti-Fracking lobby and march

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Anti-Fracking lobby and march in Manchester city centre

Contact: [email protected]
Location: Manchester city centre
Start time: 12:00

Royal gardens

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 to Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A look at 6 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.

Contact: WEA Northamptonshire, 01604 813 445, [email protected]
Location: Rushden Town Bowling Club, 144 Northampton Road, Rushden, NN10 6AN
Start time: 10:00
End time: 11:30
Organisation or Local Group: The Workers' Educational Association

Garden history

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.

Contact: WEA Northamptonshire, 01604 813 445, [email protected]
Location: Weston Community Project, Weston Hall, High Street, Weston, Towcester, NN12 8PU
Start time: 14:00
End time: 15:30
Organisation or Local Group: The Workers' Educational Association

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 will look at some new plants, plus old favourites, placing them in suitable settings for optimum growth and looking at different aspects of garden design. 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.

Contact: WEA Leicester Branch, 0116 251 9740, [email protected]
Location: Great Meeting Unitarian Chapel, East Bond Street, Leicester, LE1 4SX
Start time: 13:30
End time: 15:30
Organisation or Local Group: The Workers' Educational Association - East Midlands

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.

Contact: WEA Lincoln Branch, 01522 522 472, [email protected]
Location: Whipper-in, The Market Place, Oakham, Leicestershire, LE15 6DT
Start time: 14:00
End time: 16:00
Organisation or Local Group: The Workers' Educational Association East Midlands
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Introduction to Climate Campaigning

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Passionate about people and our planet? Want to help make a difference? Here in Coventry Friends of the Earth are looking for people who want to raise awareness of climate change locally and make change happen in their neighbourhood and their city. To get you started, we're running a half-day introduction to climate change, our campaigns and the skills you need to start campaigning with Friends of the Earth. Exact time and location to be confirmed very soon.

Contact: Tim Atkinson, [email protected]
Location: Coventry, tbc
Start time: Morning tbc
End time: Lunchtime tbc
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

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.

Contact: Nikki Packham, [email protected]
Location: Birmingham, tbc
Start time: 11:30

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

Barton Moss Community Energy

Monday, September 29, 2014

Salford has huge renewable energy potential and we can create a positive alternative future for Barton Moss. Join local residents to discuss how we can make this future a reality.

Contact: Barton Moss Community Energy, [email protected]
Location: Eccles Gateway, Community Room 2, 28 Barton Road, Eccles, M30 0TU
Start time: 19:00
End time: 21:00
Organisation or Local Group: Barton Moss Community Energy

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

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
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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

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

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

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

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

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