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Kingston
Environment News

       

June 2022

 
                         Welcome to this month's joint

Kingston Green Diary, JUNE

A selection of upcoming local green activities - see also group sections for regular meetings and other activities

Saturday 11 June, from 2.00pm, Clean Air Kingston Critical Mass 

Sunday 12 June, Save The World Club Open Day and BBQ

Tuesday 21 June, The Solstice - celebrate the longest day somewhere near you...

Tuesday 28 June, TTK AGM, followed by Kingston Green Drinks 

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Regular gardening opportunities

Regular conservation volunteering

What else is happening soon?

The pandemic is not yet over, and we recommend that you continue to look at websites or social media before setting out to confirm that events are happening and to check requirements intended to keep you and others safe. Check the current Covid news and rules for Kingston here.

Scroll down or use the Contents list below to find something good to do this summer.

As always local news and activities come first in the newsletter and within sections - and most of the local groups below have their own websites, social media and newsletters, so, if you are particularly interested in any of them, follow their links to find out more and join in their activities. If you'd like more news from elsewhere, try some of the sources listed here.

Notes to contributors

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     We look forward to hearing about more environmental activities, on-line or in the real world of Kingston, as and when possible - we try to give local news and campaigns top billing, so do please keep them coming in. Do use this newsletter to promote new local green groups or enterprises – and also to check what's already happening locally to avoid clashes.
     In any case, please send us your environmental news and updates in good time to feature in the next newsletter which will usually go out just before 1st of next month. According to Mailchimp, 58% of our 800+ readers frequently click the links in this newsletter and 23% do so sometimes, a good number of engaged readers worth reaching.

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Contents

This is our standard list of contents, with links to local green groups and events near the top and more general ones further down - not all are live every month and occasional extras may be added!  Regular items in grey boxes change more slowly than News sections and may be of most interest to new readers. You can fast forward to the sections that interest you, but don't miss out by skipping too selectively! 

This is the monthly newsletter of:
Kingston Environment Centre and
Transition Town Kingston
Other local green groups: 
Save the World Club
The Kingston Hive
Kingston Biodiversity Network
Kingston Cycling Campaign
Full Cycle
Habitats & Heritage
Kingston Friends of the Earth
XR Kingston
The Community Brain
Ham United Group
Kingston Community Gardens
Kingston Environment Forum 
Green themes and campaigns, local, national and global:
Campaigning together
Have your say
Green Volunteering
Climate crisis updates
Kingston Council news
Money, money, money
Nature notes & Events
Waste matters & Green ads
Sustainable energy and transport
Food, glorious food
Reviews & Updates on all things environmental
More things we like this month
What else is happening soon?
 
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News 


Our new Recycling Officer
We are pleased to be employing Janine Martin from Sunray Recycling on a short-term basis. She started at the beginning of May and has already made a huge impact on our recycling efforts, both at the Centre and in making connections with businesses and community organisations along the High Street. She is with us from 10.00 – 2.00pm every Tuesday, when you can come and talk to her about recycling, drop off any items you would like recycled that are not already collected kerbside, or find out about becoming a recycling volunteer (social media aficianados particularly welcome).
     We are now a Terracycle collector for a range of packaging and an ink cartridge collector for Recycle4Charity so please do start bringing the following in to us: crisp packets, plastic bottle tops, bread bags, Pringles tubes, Baylis and Hardis packaging, trigger pumps, Ferrero Rocher packaging, Kinder products, Phillips Dental Care, Pilgrims Choice (any cheese packaging), Taylors and Harrogate and other coffee packaging, Warburtons wax wrap... So far we only have a couple of containers at the door to the building, but these will be increasing, so if your items are on the list but there is no container just pop into the crisp packet one on the left and we will sort it.
       Those who do not live nearby can drop off a wider range of recyclables at Sunray Recycling.
 
 

Upcoming events


Plant sales
We have a range of flowering plants, vegetables and fruit, depending on what we have sown, divided, propagated or had donated to us. Our next plant sale is on July 2nd to coincide with the New Malden Farmers Market. Sales start at 10.00am. At other times if you see our side gate open (mainly Thursdays and Saturdays) you are welcome to pop in and pick up something we have grown.
 
New Malden Jubilee Square celebration
Saturday 4 June, 11am – 5.00pm

Do come and see us in New Malden’s new community area at the back of the Post Office. We will be serving teas, coffees, cold drinks and cakes. Tariq from Save the World Club will have plants for sale and there will lots of lively music and dance to enjoy. If you would like to volunteer with us on the day send Pat a text on 0776 2846 906.

Regular events at KEC 


Square 1 Café 
Saturdays, 12.00 midday – 4.00pm. KEC  
A free and friendly drop-in café for “social recovery from Covid-19 and life generally” started up at KEC in October - a safe, inclusive space, where everyone is welcome, and everything is free. If you have any questions, please contact Tony Williams

Creating a Climate Emergency Centre in Kingston!
Regular meetings at Kingston Environment Centre and on-line, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 7.00pm. See more here.
 


Stitch & Chat
2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings every month


Volunteer gardening at KEC
Thursdays from 9.30 - 12.00, Saturdays from 10.00am - 2.00pm. 

Any gardening volunteers, experienced or not, are welcome to join us - the Square1 café will supply any volunteers with a free lunch and drinks. For details of plant sales and ‘Pottering with Pots’ events see our Facebook page.

Kingston Cycling Campaign meetings
First Tuesday of the month from 7.30pm
Find out more.



Listen or catch up with previous shows on Mixcloud..



See the KEC website calendar for info and updates on events and activities at Kingston Environment Centre, 1 Kingston Road, New Malden, KT3 3PE.


TRANSITION TOWN KINGSTON

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News 


TTK's Energy group continue to offer advice to individuals and organisations on energy efficiency, currently including Park Brewery and Tamesis sailing club on solar PV installations, and The Cornerhouse community theatre on reducing their energy bills. They will soon be talking to the Council's Climate Action Officer (Efficient Homes).

GreenZone 2022
TTK is beginning to plan a GreenZone to take place in "Sustainable September", maybe as part of Kingston Carnival if it happens, or as a freestanding event in the town centre during The Climate Coalition's Big Green Week (see What else is happening soon?). Keep an eye on this space and get in touch with TTK if your green group would like to participate.
 
 

Upcoming event

 

TTK AGM  
Tuesday 28 June, 6.30 - 7.30pm, Spring Grove pub (we hope) 
The TTK AGM has been unavoidably postponed to the last Tuesday in June. All supporters, donors, advisers, project leaders, stakeholders... are welcome to come along to hear what we have been doing and what we hope to do next - and to us help decide, plan and implement future activities. Keep an eye on our Events section for the agenda and links to 2021-2 reports and project updates, which will be uploaded to the website a couple of weeks before the AGM... We hope that this AGM will be a real-life event in the Spring Grove, followed by the usual Green Drinks at 7.30pm.  

Regular TTK events and ongoing activities

TTK core group meetings, followed by Green Drinks 
Last Tuesday every month
 at 6.30pm,  with Green Drinks at 7.30pm (next one our AGM on 28 June, Spring Grove pub, Bloomfield Road, KT1 2SF
All welcome, but check updates on the TTK Facebook page before setting out. We welcome new Transition ideas and projects, so if you have something you'd like to foster under the TTK umbrella please visit our website to see if your idea would fit into TTK's aims and ethos and do let us know. Notes from these meetings are usually published on the website once confirmed as accurate a month or so after the meeting.

TTK Energy Group meetings
1st Tuesday morning of every month
 Contact Peter to find out more.

Canbury Community Garden
Open mornings, first Friday of every month from 11.30am + weekend gardening sessions -  all welcome to come along for healthy outdoor exercise, to plant and get their hands dirty... See Community Gardens section below.

Kingston's green history
One project TTK started recently is to try to compile a history of environmental activism in Kingston. Green activities in our borough go back a long way, and we think it would be interesting and worthwhile to create a timeline to capture stories before they are lost, as well as helpful to current green groups as a source of inspiration and experience. Do please get in touch if you can share dates, photos, memories...

Helping the local community to find outdoor volunteering opportunities
TTK is creating a list of outdoor volunteering opportunities in the borough, so that people can find somewhere near them where they can grow food in a community garden or look after nature in a conservation project, sharing skills while getting healthy exercise and meeting new people. Help us to build a complete picture (it might be a list, it might be a map, it could be both...) here.  

Kingston Green e-Directory logoLooking for, or wanting to publicise, a local green enterprise? Try TTK's Kingston Green e-Directory. Local businesses and consumers are also invited to help us keep the Directory up-to-date and accurate.


Transition News and Events

"Together We Can..."
Catch up with with an impressive range of sessions from May’s Transition Network Summit in Transition Network videos. There’s something to inspire us all, from beginners to weary old hands and everyone in between.  

Transition London & SE Hub Online Meet- Ups
Find
more Transition activities, discussions and events in London and the S E on Facebook.


Transition Together web-links
Website Website
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Campaigning together 


"If working apart we are a force powerful to destabilise our planet, surely working together we are powerful enough to save it." Sir David Attenborough, COP26.

 

Please tell us about local and national green campaigns we should highlight in this section. See the Have Your Say and Kingston Council sections and look out for Megaphone Man for more opportunities. Please take action - if not us, who? 

See Kingston Friends of the Earth section for their current local campaign.
 
Improving Londoners Health, Tackling Climate Change & Reducing Congestion
The TfL consultation on extending the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)) London-wide on 29 August 2023 closes on 29 July. Find out more and respond here.

Mums for LungsMums for Lungs School Streets webinar
Wednesday 8 June, 8.00pm, on-line

Find out about School Streets and how to campaign for one at your school. More info and registration here
And don’t forget to respond to the government environmental targets consultation via the Mums for Lungs website. We need thousands of people to tell the government it should be doing more to clean up our air.

Power for the People ask us to ask MPs to introduce and support a Local Electricity Bill
20 MPs were drawn in the Private Members Ballot on 19th May, which means that one of them could introduce a Bill of their choosing. This is a great opportunity to introduce the Local Electricity Bill, aimed at helping community energy organisations to be able to supply their renewable energy direct to local people. The 20 MPs being lobbied are not local to us but adding your voice can do no harm - and if the Bill is introduced, we can ask our locals MP to support it. More info here.
     Getting the right for local energy companies to sell directly to third party local residents could allow them to receive more money per unit and charge the local residents below market rates, incentivising residents to invest in local energy schemes and heightening engagement around energy issues: “When people feel that they own part of the energy they use … we can work with them a lot more effectively in terms of behaviour change and energy usage.” Read more about the benefits and how local energy co-ops work elsewhere. 
 
Campaign for a frequent flyer levy
Despite air travel being one of the highest contributors to the UK’s carbon emissions, our government refuses to ensure that flight emissions start falling. The fairest way to reduce flights would be for the government to bring in a frequent flyer levy. You can find out more here, but in short this would mean that the more someone flies, the more they pay. What to do? Tell your MP that you back the frequent flyer levy via Possible’s web-tool.

Useful resources for campaigners

 

Find contact details for your new councillors, MPs, MEPs, and LA members at WriteToThem.com  Rather than repeating our advice on writing every month, we have saved it here on the TTK website.

TheyWorkForYou shows what MPs have been speaking and voting on recently, with a page on the website devoted to recent votes and parliamentary business on the environment),

Info on Citizens’ Assemblies: Participo offers info on the research on and practice of innovative citizen participation – useful and interesting for anyone interested or involved in planning Citizens’ Assemblies.

Feeding and empowering 
our community


 
           
    

News 

Meet us - and our stuff
Our open days have been moved from the last Sunday to the second Sunday of each month - see Events below and find multiple dates available here.
     We'd like to invite any other groups, charities or individuals who would like to help us, to do so! To find out more  about what we do, see our website, and if you are interested in collaborating with us, email Tariq Shabbeer (our secretary general) to organise a visit.

STWC still looking for new premises
We are urgently looking for new premises as our lease at the Circulatory ends in September, if anyone has any ideas, please could they contact us via our form on the webpage.

Make sure you don’t miss any news from us - follow our Facebook page which is updated almost daily.

Regular events at The Circulatory

  
Save The World Club Open Day and BBQ
Now on second Sundays, next one Sunday 11 June, 1.00 pm – 6.00pm
Free, family-friendly and a great chance to meet members of the team, network, explore what goods we currently have and come jam with us! Food available for a donation with a vegetarian and vegan BBQ (weather permitting).


A little bit extra to STWC -


AmazonSmile customers can support Save The World Club. Simply turn on AmazonSmile whenever you shop with Amazon, select Save The World Club as your chosen charity, and a small percentage of each purchase is then donated automatically to STWC.

The Circulatory, Unit 5, Chiltern Works, Station Way, Surbiton, KT5 8LS. We are at the end of the driveway adjoining Berrylands train station - look for the big blue barn doors..


 
     

News and Events


The search continues!
The Kingston Hive group continues to search for a space (meanwhile and/or permanent) in Kingston town centre - and you can donate to help this project become a reality here. 
   If your group hasn’t yet expressed support for a climate emergency centre in Kingston, something that would be an asset for all of us, please do. And if you are looking for something to do while waiting for Kingston's CEC, please consider participating in one of the many other green projects going on in Kingston and featured in this newsletter.

Regular meetings continue at Kingston Environment Centre and on-line, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 7.00pm, with some planning and working group meetings in between. 


Our core values are recycling and sustainability - we upcycle and recycle cycles.
 
          

News 


Support for Ukrainian refugees
We are hoping to support some of the recent Ukrainian refugees looking to get access to an environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient form of travel via our bicycle support programme. If you are another organisation that would like to collaborate with us to help connect and refer people to us, please get in touch.

For all opportunities listed, please email Gary or call on 07421 458835. From all the FCBP team, have a great day and cycle on!
KBN exists to highlight and promote local conservation work in Kingston. 
Click on an icon below for news of conservation activities around Kingston - get involved or set up a project of your own or see Green Volunteering below.
 
         

Events


Future events 
Please do provide us with suggestions for the future talks and remember that these events are solely run by volunteers. If anyone would like to give their time to support future events please let us know. Sign up for KBN newsletter for dates of future quarterly talk and networking meetings. Volunteers to help with events always welcome - see our website.
 

News

 
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates and new events.
 
    
 
Monthly meetings at
Kingston Environment Centre
Habitats & Heritage acts for the natural and historic environment in south and west London. In a time where the health of our environment and each other has never been more important, and never more interlinked, we invite readers to support our work by signing up to our Supporter Scheme today for just £10 a year. 
 
               

News


Our Green Hubs Project
Urban development has meant a decrease in natural habitats for local wildlife as food and shelter for pollinators, birds and other animals become rarer and rarer. Communities also suffer from a loss of connection to nature, affecting people's physical and mental wellbeing. The Green Hubs project brings together people from across local neighbourhoods to improving their spaces for wildlife and the community. We increase the biodiversity in forgotten or neglected spaces as we seek to expand our Green Hubs to create corridors connecting larger fragmented parks and green spaces of south and west London. We’d like to hear from you - do you have a space that you would like to help improve for nature and communities? Get in touch to suggest a Green Hub near you!
 

Sign up for H&H newsletters and keep an eye on H&H events for conservation news and activities in and around Kingston and neighbouring boroughs.

XR Kingston   


 

Join the Rebellion and help to make the politically impossible inevitable. Everyone is invited to rebel for life. Want to get involved? Here’s how!

Read news from Extinction Rebellion here.    

Upcoming event

 
Clean Air Kingston Critical Mass
Saturday 11 June, meet 2.00pm at Kingston Environment Centre

Ahead of Clean Air Day on 16 June, Extinction Rebellion Kingston is supporting a fun, family-friendly critical mass bike ride to highlight dangerous levels of air pollution in our borough and promote cycling as a cleaner, greener, healthier way to get around. All wheels without a motor welcome, whether you're on a bike, rollerblades, electric wheelchair or mobility scooter (please make sure you and your wheels of choice are road-safe). We'll have a rickshaw sound system to provide the tunes and set the pace!  Meet from 2.00pm, have a cuppa at Square 1 café at KEC, and be ready to leave at 2.30pm sharp, ending in Kingston Market Place at 3.30 latest.
 Ham United Group (HUG) is a Community Interest Company (CIC) aiming to improve the environment and the quality of life for the people in Ham and Petersham, just next to North Kingston. HUG supports projects and groups that help make our community more sustainable. 

      

News and Events

 
Friends of Ham Lands' next monthly Volunteer Session is on Saturday 11 June, 10.00am to 12.00pm, details in the HUG Events Calendar. We had a Dawn Chorus walk on 15 May and you can read what we discovered here. You can subscribe to and read previous issues of our newsletter on the Newsletter page and see other HUG volunteering sessions in Green Volunteering.
We believe in giving people ‘permission’ to be brilliant because everyone can be brilliant...

        

Ongoing activities


Tolworth Station Community Garden
All are welcome to join our upcoming volunteering sessions which run every Tuesday (10.30am – 1.00pm) and every first Sunday of the month (11.00am – 2.00pm). Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear. If you would like to attend please email Georgia  and check out our Facebook page for updates.

Take a walk
- and discover Community Brain’s walking routes highlighting many of our beautiful local nature reserves and parks. New New South of the Borough walking guide - Chessington South to Malden Rushett – coming soon.

The local branch of FoE - everyone is welcome to help us work towards positive environmental change.
 

       


News 

 

  Neo-nicotinoid insecticides in liquid flea treatments are polluting rivers, such as the Hogsmill and Bonesgate, poisoning the aquatic insects and the fish and birds which depend on them. We have put up posters near local waterways and we have  interviewed more than 70 dog owners around the Borough. 42% of dog owners surveyed use liquid flea treatments containing the toxic insecticides which are poisoning our waterways, the majority obtained from local vets, the rest purchased from pet shops or online. The next phase of our campaign will focus on encouraging vets to provide oral (i.e. tablet) flea treatments which cannot wash off into the water when a recently treated dog enters a river.   
     If you’d like to join us on this and further campaigns, please follow our social media or email us.  

A network of local environmental organisations covering a wide range of blue and green issues in Kingston 

A website of resources, including a list of local environmental groups + a Facebook page for sharing environmental news, queries, discussions and campaigns.

          

Kingston Community Gardens

Sowing and growing in Kingston

Hogsmill Community Garden 

See Hogsmill Facebook page for more information.
On Swan Path, Vineyard Close

  

Canbury Community Garden

The hens are enjoying being out and about again after 6 months of bird flu flockdown, and gardeners are enjoying eating early harvests: rhubarb, broad beans, asparagus, spinach....
Work on the Council-owned building in the yard and on the next-door tennis club’s trees temporarily curtailed some May activities, but weeding, watering and planting during our weekend gardening sessions (see schedule on our Facebook page) and visits from local schools and toddlers continued whenever possible. Our summer open mornings continue every first Friday of the month, between 11.30am and 1.00pm. Come along, pick up something delicious from the Canbury Secret cafe, see what's growing, and chat to whoever else is there and/or the hens. 
Between Canbury Gardens, Kingston Riverside [tennis] Club and Kings Passage - current access only via our Canbury Gardens gate near the bandstand.
   

Kingston Edible Forest 2100

is planted for the long term with perennial edible flowers, veg and fruit, details on our website. We are there most Sundays and a weekday evening when there's light. Please contact us to check, as the gates to the allotment site are locked. 
Knollmead Allotments, Tolworth
KT5 9QP

  
  

Kingston Environment Centre 

We will be working in the yard and on the community space outside Kingston Environment Centre every Thursday from 9.30 until 12.00 and on Saturdays from 10.00 - 2.00pm. Wear comfortable clothes and stout footwear See Kingston Environment Centre for updates.

See also

The Community Brain's new community garden in Tolworth.
 


News and upcoming events

 
Help TTK  to build a complete picture of Kingston's outdoor gardening and conservation projects by visiting the page here.  

Capital Growth summer training sessions
Learn about urban food growing and running community gardens at training sessions on a number of themes from climate resilience to growing for nature, online for now with a mixture of short and longer workshops. Find out more. Recordings of some sessions are also available to members on the Capital Growth member's dashboard

Good homes for surplus produce
Kingston Crop Drop, the scheme enabling local gardeners, allotments and community gardens, to donate their surplus crops to deserving charities and community groups, is planning to restart soon. The community  groups can collect fruit and vegetables, but would also welcome help with collection and delivery. If you can help now or later please contact Kelvin Foote on  07885736836 or email him.   

Call for the right to grow food 
People should be given the right to turn road verges, sterile lawns around hospitals and underused public spaces into vegetable gardens and orchards, say Incredible Edible, campaigners for a “right to grow” law. Read more here. 

Regular gardening sessions


Visit Facebook pages to confirm opening times and health and safety advice before turning up - and check the weather forecast!.
 
 

Useful resources for gardeners

Rather than letting this list become ever longer, we move older items to Growing Tips on Transition Town Kingston's website.

Green volunteering


Help TTK to build a complete picture of Kingston's outdoor volunteering opportunities if your run one by visiting the page here 

Berrylands Nature Reserve Volunteer Sessions
On Wednesday and Saturday mornings, 10.30-12.30(ish), meeting outside Berrylands Scout Hut, Stirling Walk.
Help to improve Berrylands Nature Reserve and our other local green spaces, making them better for the local community and its wildlife! Find out more about upcoming volunteering sessions, and drop in on the day. Please continue to bring your own work or gardening gloves and drinking water, and if you'd feel more comfortable with a face mask then you're of course more than welcome to do so.

Nature conservation volunteering with Citizen Zoo
Citizen Zoo - volunteer with us!  See also Tolworth Court Farm Field Recorder Days coming up in the next few months in Nature Notes Events.

Friends of Ham Lands monthly volunteer conservation session
2nd Saturday every month, 10.00am – 12.00pm, meeting at the corner of Croft Way and Riverside Drive
Come along to help improve the habitat for butterflies. Find out more.

See also -
volunteering opportunities with Habitats and Heritage and in Kingston's community gardens.

Looking for volunteers? 
Volunteering Kingston is here to help! Volunteering Kingston is the volunteer centre for Kingston. If you are looking  for more volunteers to support your activities or advice on any aspect of involving volunteers we can help: we have a website where you can advertise volunteering opportunities and a resource bank with advice on a range of different topics; we can provide one-to-one advice on Zoom to support you on various topics such as recruitment, retention, reward and recognition, managing difficult situations, and how to organise volunteers when you are an informal group. Please get in touch any time via enquiry@volunteeringkingston.org.uk or 0300 365 9980.

 

Get Connected
Connected Kingston is a site dedicated to helping Kingston residents find local activities and navigate local services [and local groups to find helpers and participants]. It is run by the Royal Borough of Kingston Council and Kingston Voluntary Action in conjunction with local charities and statutory organisations. Special training is available to anyone who regularly comes into contact with people that may be struggling to navigate or find local activities or services. Our goal is to help residents of Kingston stay happy, healthy and connected to each other. Contact us here and/or register an activity or find something to do.

Nature notes   

Let grow, let it grow...
Though it’s good to see a bit more grass left to grow long and go to seed around Kingston and its green spaces, we think there could be even more and No Mow May doesn’t seem to have had 100% buy-in across our borough. But it’s not too late to let your lawn grow , plant a few pollinators and wildflowers, learn to love “weeds” and, perhaps, help those British butterfly species that the wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation tells us are now threatened with extinction. Find out more about giving a corner of your garden back to butterflies and see more about No Mow May at Plantlife.

Please forage responsibly
As the summer approaches, woodlands and countryside become abundant with produce to forage and enjoy. But some places (for example National Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest) don’t permit foraging so always check before setting off. And it's helpful to only take what you're going to be consuming, so ensure you forage where there's plenty for you and the local wildlife and enough to safeguard a plant's survival and minimise damage. For further advice and information on foraging responsibly this summer, see the Woodland Trust’s website and check out their guidelines.
 
9 things you can do to protect the natural world
From Imperial College’s Grantham Institute - Climate Change and the Environment
 
If you notice tree or hedge maintenance work in nesting season –
see the RSPB’s advice on the law protecting birds during nesting season and what you can do. 

A beginners’ guide to planting trees – and fighting the climate crisis
We need 1.5bn trees in the UK to tackle the climate crisis. But planting them badly can be counterproductive – read The Guardian’s dos and don’ts here

 


Upcoming events and courses 


Tolworth Court Farm Field Recorder Days
Wednesday 1 June - Earthworms, Hoverflies, Spiders
Friday 1 July - Earthworms
Friday 5 Aug - Ants and other survey groups to be confirmed
Friday 23 Sept - Freshwater Invertebrates, Beetles
Friday 7 Oct - Centipedes, Millipedes, Woodlice, Earthworms

Citizen Zoo, along with The Community Brain and Kingston Council, has launched a collaborative project to rewild Tolworth Court Farm. With funding from the Greater London Authority, this year's project will be focusing on a series of baseline surveys of the site, as well as community consultations and engagement activities, to build a clear picture of what state the site is currently in, how people are using it and how best to manage it in the future. As part of this, working with the Field Studies Council, there will be a series of community surveys to assess the site's invertebrate communities on the above dates. Find out more and sign up here


Wild Workshops for Adults / CPD Days In Nature Connection
 
Hosted by Maria Sprostranova (GreenWise People) with special guests:
🌿 Understanding bird language with Chris Holland
Saturday 4 June, 8.30am – 4.00pm, Ham Lands Nature Reserve, Ham

Sounds, calls and body language - reading the landscape by tapping into ancestral knowledge.
🌿 Oral storytelling for the terrified with Chris Holland
Sunday 5 June, 9.30am – 4.00pm, Ham Lands Nature Reserve, Ham

Tips and tricks on delivering stories and inspiring narrative-led learning.
🌿 Japanese forest bathing with Janine Gerhardt (Forest Bathing Guide for Kew Gardens)
Saturday 2nd July, 9.30am – 3.00pm, Ham Lands Nature Reserve, Ham

A journey of reconnection to the land through your senses!
🌿 Medicinal herbal workshop
Sunday 31 July, 9.30am – 4.00pm, Ham Lands Nature Reserve, Ham

Including foraging and cooking on an open fire with Janine Gerhardt (Medicinal Herbalist) and Maria Sprostranova (Forest School Trainer)
     GreenWise People operates as a non-for-profit social enterprise and as such wish for all workshops to be inclusive and open to all. Please do get in touch if full payment in full is tricky for you at this particular time - we keep 2 free places for all workshops and keep a number of places at a discounted rate for those who really need the support. Book a place and/or for further information contact Maria by email or phone 07737 644 119 / 020 8541 0415.

Field Studies Council courses
Find out more here.

Interesting websites and apps for nature-lovers


London Wildlife Trust protects wildlife across London. 
Surrey Wildlife Trust is a wildlife charity caring for over 6,500ha of land for wildlife in Surrey. 
 Nature on your doorstep - whatever your outdoor space the RSPB offers expert tips and tricks to make it a happier place for you – and the nature on your doorstep.
Reading Nature - share your nature visits, experiences and photos from the diverse green spaces across Kingston.
Natural History Museum website - discover British birds and wildlife 
Butterfly Conservation can help you identify butterflies and moths
Froglife has useful information about wildlife gardening, building a pond and much more.
The RSPB’s advice on planting for nature
Friends of Ham Lands work with local naturalists to preserve and enhance the natural habitats of Ham Lands, a Local Nature Reserve right next to Kingston. You can read current and previous newsletters on their Newsletter page.
Citizen Zoo - a social enterprise dedicated to rewilding in the UK – sign up for their newsletter highlighting lots of lovely rewilding news and events.
The London Natural History Society Virtual Natural History Talk series brings together naturalists, experts and specialists via Zoom. Talks are recorded and you can catch up with them here
The Seek app uses your smart phone to identify the plants and animals all around us, and can make the daily walk much more interesting.  
BirdNET can identify 984 of the most common bird species of North America and Europe. from song recorded on your phone.
UK Bird Sounds
Backyard Nature.

Have your say - 

See Campaigning Together and Council News, and look out for Megaphone Man in other sections.

Waste matters



 

Be part of the solution
Summer sun, unfortunately, brings out the picnickers who don't take their litter home. Find a community litter-pick near you, join in, and help to improve your environment. Or if there isn't a group, start one! You can find more Kingston anti-litter-activists and events in this Facebook group.

See also recycling news from Kingston Environment Centre.
 
 

Upcoming event


Climate crisis: Is it the final curtain for fast fashion?
Thursday 9 June, 6.30 – 7.30pm, on-line

Join a panel of experts brought together by The Independent to discuss an industry that creates around 10%r cent of humanity's global greenhouse gas emissions and has the fifth largest carbon footprint of any industry, according to the World Economic Forum and explore how to tackle the problem. Book a free ticket here.

Climate crisis updates  


Though drowned out by news of war abroad and cost of living and political crises at home, the climate crisis has not gone away...

New from Climate Outreach: "Net zero, fairness and climate politics"
The UK public (through events such as the Climate Assembly UK) have made clear their belief that climate action should be fair for all. However, there are key differences between people from different Britain Talks Climate segments when it comes to their understanding of net zero, and what they think is “fair” and “unfair.” See Climate Outreach’s Dos and Don’ts when talking about fairness, and other useful advice on communicating climate issues effectively. 

Climate Change – a virtual exhibition
What everyone needs to know about the future of our planet, brought to you by Lincoln Climate Commission, a collaboration between Extinction Rebellion Lincolnshire and the City of Lincoln Council, Transition Lincoln, the University of Lincoln, and a range of public, private and community members. See it here.

Don't work for "climate wreckers", UN head tells graduates
António Guterres says young people should tackle climate crisis by using their talent sto deliver a renewable future. Read more.
 
From The Ecologist: 
Just six years after the Paris Agreement targets were set, we are already close to breaching them. As global temperatures increase, the likelihood of 1.5 °C of warming will create extreme weather conditions, creating the loss of key ecosystems and increasing freak weather occurrences.
And Professor Julia Steinberger’s account of giving a climate change talk to a group of teenagers  
 
Cash, coal, cars and trees’: what progress has been made since Cop26?
Spoiler alert – not much. Six months on, the war in Ukraine and ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have derailed some changes agreed on in Glasgow. Read more in The Guardian

Useful resources


What to do? Possible suggests five key areas where we can all take action to tackle the climate crisis.

Recommended by The Climate Coalition: The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, “a non-profit organisation that supports informed debate on energy and climate change issues in the UK.” and Carbon Brief “ UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy. We specialise in clear, data-driven articles and graphics to help improve the understanding of climate change...”

CarbonCopy's brilliantly designed map showing us the level of climate ambition from councils across the country - from places that have not yet declared a climate emergency to places targeting net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Fossil Free News
There’s so much happening in the climate movement — it can be hard to keep up. Get highlights from campaigns everywhere working for a #FossilFree world, delivered twice a month.
 
Off-set your carbon footprint...
It is estimated that an average UK household emits around four tonnes of CO₂ each year. Even if you’ve pared your carbon footprint  down to the minimum, there will still be carbon dioxide emissions associated with your everyday life. The World Land Trust Carbon Balanced calculators enable you to calculate how much – and then offset it with a donation towards tree-planting and conservation projects around the world. If that’s not your thing, there are other ways to offset – tell us your favourites.

What is COP26, How does it work, Why is it important? A short explanatory video on YouTube

Climate Outreach’s How to have a climate change conversation – Talking climate.

Environment Now – the facts
The Earth is changing faster than at any point in human memory as a result of human-caused global heating and The Guardian is tracking the changes via the vital signs, from carbon dioxide levels to Arctic sea ice, taken from data sources including Nasa, the US National Snow and Ice Data Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

Want to take action on climate change, but don’t know where to start? Possible has divided their campaigns across five key areas where we can all take action to tackle the climate crisis. Click the buttons on Possible’s website to find out what you can do right now to help.

See also our Reviews section and Campaigning Together.

Kingston Council news                                                    

Local elections 
Welcome to new (and old) councillors - we hope that councillors will continue to promote the Council's Climate Emergency Declaration and Kingston's Climate Action Plan, that you will listen to the concerns of local environmentalists, and find interesting items in this newsletter, some of which you may be able to do something about. 
     
Meet and Greet for Councillors and Voluntary Organisations
We hope that local green groups and councillors will take up the opportunity to meet each other at KVA's networking evening on Thursday 14 July. Find out more and register.

Greening local businesses
It was encouraging to hear, at a May Kingston Council and Chamber of Commerce "Think Green!" roundtable discussion, how much some local businesses are thinking about and taking action on environmental issues, partly driven by customers’ concerns, and how much useful advice is available to them.  See, for example, Green Mark which provides advice and accreditation, the Federation of Small Businesses Free Guide: How to get started with sustainability and Kingston Council’s Climate Information for Businesses.
     And what about pensions? Make my Money Matter has created the world’s first Green Pensions Charter, which calls for all organisations to match their pensions with their values: “Because if your business goes green, your pension should too."
 
See the Council's website for the latest news.

 Money, money, money... 



 
Don’t miss funding opportunities for your green group
Got a good idea for a new green project or for improvements to an existing one? Keep an eye on Kingston Voluntary Action’s Funding page and regular Funding bulletins and see below.


Do you know what your pension fund is invested in?
Did you know, for example, that for every £10 you put in your pension, £2 is linked to deforestation? Find out more and watch Make My Money Matter Presents...No Nasty Surprises.

Veolia's Sustainability Fund opened in May  
The Fund will provide cash sponsorship, in-kind resources or staff volunteers to support not-for-profit organisations and community groups to transform their local community or environment. Find out more. 

John Good Group Grants for Good
Every three months, five shortlisted projects that have a positive impact on communities, people or the environment.will be voted for by John Good Group employees, with these five charities receiving a share of £10,000. Find out more.
 
Grants for allotment sites
Grants of between £250 and £2,000 are available to registered Allotment Associations and committees across the UK for the improvement and development of facilities on registered and permitted sites. The funding is being made available by the National Allotment Gardens Trust which aims to advance and improve the Allotments/Gardens movement through education, training, workshops and support. Non-statutory sites may also be granted funding if a long-term lease is in place. Applications are dealt with  quarterly; the next deadlines are 1st July and 1st October. More info here

Grants for Community and School Gardening Projects (London)
Community organisations and schools in London can apply for small gardening grants awarded by the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association (MPGA), a charity that preserves and improves gardens, neglected sites and green public open spaces in all 33 London Boroughs. The grants can be used for a variety of projects, including planting, equipment purchase, benches and churchyard refurbishments; etc. Organisations that have been awarded funding in the past include Charlton Manor School (Greenwich) funding for planting and hand tools; Christ Church Primary School (Wandsworth) plants and mulch for raised beds; and Queen’s Park Gardens (Westminster) grant towards planting. More info here.

Tesco Community Grants
Tesco Community Grants is always open for applications from charities and community organisations to bid for up to £1,500.  Projects are voted on by Tesco customers in stores across the UK, with projects changing every three months – the scheme is currently looking for applications from charities and community groups who deliver projects that help to tackle food insecurity in their communities. This might include, for example, breakfast clubs, holiday clubs and food banks. Visit the Tesco Community Grants website for further details. 

Food, glorious food... 


News


Kingston's Good Food Co-op 
Thank you to all those who joined us for the Good Food Co-Op fundraising dinner at the end of April. It was a great evening of community support, and we were delighted to raise £2659.22 for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and Refugee Action Kingston. 
We have been working with a fantastic group of Kingston Uni graphic design students on a Good Food Co-Op video - please share widely and help us to spread the word! As referrals increase and more people are struggling with the rise in the cost of living, we are determined to continue to make healthy fresh produce accessible to all. Can you help us by:  
becoming a customer?
- joining our lovely volunteer team to help with deliveries? 
- helping to spread the word by following us on social media @goodfoodcoop?
- contributing tasty seasonal veg based recipes? 
In June we will be at the Ham Fair on the 11th and Surbiton Farmers Market on the 18th, raising awareness and fundraising for our BRITE Box Recipe meal kits project as well as The Good Food Co-Op - please come and say hello! 

Truli sustainable meal deliveries in the Kingston area
"Truli sells and delivers healthy and sustainable ready-meals that can be easily re-heated at home. Most of our food is vegan or vegetarian. All meals are delivered in bowls that we collect for free, wash, and reuse. Deliveries are made with our own 100% electric van. Our ingredients are seasonal and locally sourced." Find out more.

Don’t dismiss soil: its unknowable wonders could ensure the survival of our species
Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet by by George Monbiot was published in May. Read Monbiot's essay in The Guardian.
 
Food for free?
See also the item about foraging in Nature Notes.

 


 

Upcoming events


Food Forever Evening Talks
Temperate House, Kew Gardens, June to September
Join panels of experts to explore the future of food as part of Kew's brand-new summer programme, Food Forever. Find out more and book.
 

Sustainable energy and transport


Energy is still in the news this month. See also TTK Energy Group section of the TTK website for energy-saving tips - as energy prices rise, we think these will be increasingly useful.
 
Councils (including ours) should promote safety benefits of low-traffic schemes
Chris Boardman, the former Olympic cyclist who heads Active Travel England (ATE), has promised that  his organisation will help local authorities navigate culture wars and media controversies over traffic schemes. The aim is to give neighbourhoods back what has been taken away - liveable streets that children can use safely. Read more in The Guardian.
 
UK energy bills are soaring – but there are easy ways to cut costs
Jobs you can do yourself and save cash from The Guardian, with lots about sealing draughts and insulating – but don’t neglect to ventilate as well.
 
PS on ‘vampire devices’
Impact of energy-draining ‘vampire devices’ overstated, says tech expert: unplugging equipment normally left on standby may not save consumers as much cash as hoped, partly because new devices use less energy than older ones.  

More on heat-pumps
Can every home have an air source heat pump? Or is that claim a load of hot air? Heat pumps are promising to not only make our houses greener but to also cut our energy bills. But will they, and are they suitable for all houses?
“Sliced Bread” on BBC R4 asks the questions.
- Carbon Coop on heat pumps and insulation
The meaning of life: Comparing whole life carbon for gas and electric heating;
Refrigerants in Building Services; LETI Retrofit Guide
 
Carbon Co-op webinar programme
Carbon Co-op is an energy services and advocacy co-operative that helps people and communities to make the radical reductions in home carbon emissions necessary to avoid runaway climate change. Since 2020, Carbon Co-op has been holding a series of webinars on all areas of its work on reducing carbon emissions,  including retrofit, energy systems and much more. You can see recordings of these presentations here and check out future events here.

Reviews 

We read the reviews so you don’t have to... (We haven’t read or listened tp everything in this section, but we think they all sound interesting.) 


Watch


Our Changing Planet, BBC1
Steve Backshall, Chris Packham and Ella Al-Shamahi visit the Maldives, Iceland and Cambodia, charting the fight to save the planet’s most endangered ecosystems. Catch up here.
 

Read

 
The Botanico Year Book: a year in the food forest by Liz Eve 
Images, stories and practical methods inspired by documenting the seasons in Berlin's edible forest garden and café run on permaculture principles. Liz Eve studied permaculture and sustainability and has documented the philosophy, plants, food and practical methods of café Botanico in order to share some of the team’s rich knowledge and inspire hope for a more regenerative, biodiverse and community-focused future, using food forest farming, permaculture and biodiversity as stepping stones towards environmentally sustainable food production. Publication due in June and also looking for crowd-funding – find out more.
 
The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for an Endangered Planet, by Jane Goodall with Douglas Abrams,
Read Living with Hope in Trying Times, in which Satish Kumar talks with Jane Goodall about her new book.
 
How Blair Killed the Co-ops by Leslie Huckfield
Huckfield explores a politically formative period from 1998-2002, which accounts for a significant shift from democratic control and local accountability, towards opening up the third sector to social investment and marginalising an existing democratic enterprise sector. Check out an interview and excerpt in Stir to Action
 

Listen

 
Podcasts: Castle environmental debates
Catch up, download for free and listen to a diverse range of environmental debates, for example, What is Net Zero and how is it to be achieved? Click here to access the podcasts. Alternatively, read summaries of past debates here.

Regular updates on all things environmental 


Most of them will send environmental news direct to your inbox:
EcoWatch - a community of experts publish quality, science-based content on environmental issues, news,  causes, and solutions for a healthier planet; also on Facebook.
The Independent environment news  
The Guardian environment news and The Guardian’s weekly Green Light email.
The BBC environment news
The Ecologist, currently celebrating its 50th year; its impressive archive includes the landmark A Blueprint for Survival (1972) outlining the need for a serious economic and environmental overhaul
Fix the Planet - New Scientist’s monthly dose of climate optimism

 

More things we like this month   

What else is happening?  


The Big Jubilee Lunch 
 2 - 5 June, somewhere near you

The UK’s annual celebration for neighbours and community is your chance to celebrate community connections and get to know one another a little better.  In 2022, The Big Jubilee Lunch will be the official community celebration for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend and The Big Lunch will also kick-start a whole Month of Community. Find out more from the Eden Project and order your free Big Lunch pack.

2022 RA summer exhibition: CLIMATE
Royal Academy, Piccadilly, London, 21 June — 21 August
The theme of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022 is climate – “whether it presents as crisis or opportunity, nightmare or memories, or simply our everyday experience of weather, CLIMATE is a huge all-embracing and urgent subject.” 

How to overcome eco-anxiety and turn it into positive action
Monday 11 July, 8.00pm – 9.00pm, on-line

Patrick Barkham, the Guardian’s natural history writer and author of Wild Green Wonders, talks to two young campaigners about their books and their activism, and asks: how can we all make a difference? Find out more and get tickets here.

Stir to Action's Playground for the New Economy Festival
12-14 July, Selgars Mill, Mid Devon

Three days of panels, workshops, open space, virtual reality experiences, sustainable food, and live music. Find out more and book
 

Meet and Greet for Councillors and Voluntary Organisations in Kingston
Thursday, 14 July, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, Kingston United Reformed Church

Hosted by Kingston Voluntary Action, an opportunity to meet each other and network. Find out more and register.

The Great Big Green Week 2022
24 September - 2 October

Organised by The Climate Coalition working with an impressive range of partners to make the greatest, biggest, greenest week the UK has ever seen – watch this space for events, ideas and resources to help you plan your own green event.

Greener living: your guide to climate change and leading a more sustainable life
Online course, as and when suits you

This New Scientist expert-led online course shows you easy changes you can make to your life that will have a big impact on the environment and help tackle climate change. Cost £199, find out more.

Kingston Voluntary Action events and training
Ongoing
For advice or advice or support for your community group, please complete this form, outlining your support needs and we will get back to you as soon as we can to set up a free 45 minute appointment with a relevant member of staff. Keep updated on KVA's training opps by getting onto their mailing list.  KVA also offer free easy to use websites to community groups. Find out more here.
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