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Environment News


December - January 2022

                             Welcome to this month's joint newsletter of 


Wishing our readers a Happy Christmas and a Green New Year...

Local green news and winter activities are the focus in this month's slimmed-down newsletter - and all the local groups below have their own websites, social media and/or newsletters, so if you are particularly interested in any of them follow their links to find out more and join in their activities.

It's certainly easier to produce a short newsletter, and if it does an adequate job of show-casing local green groups, perhaps that's all that's needed - please let us know. Our next issue is due out at the very end of January.

We recommend that you continue to look at websites or social media before setting out to confirm that events are actually happening (Covid, bank holidays and weather can all affect planned activities) and to check requirements intended to keep you and others safe. Check the current Covid news and rules for Kingston here.



A pocket park outside KEC is being consulted on – more on this later.

KEC has been awarded a small amount of money to employ a Recycling Officer, a positive step. Again, more details to come,


Coming soon

Tuesday 18 January, probably on-line

Invitations and the agenda will be going out to members just after Christmas.

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 as 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!
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 7.00pm.

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

Volunteer gardening at KEC
Thursdays 10.00-2.00pm. Saturdays 10.00 - 3.00pm

Contact Pat on 0776 2846 906. 

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.
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Transition News and Events

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

Find out more about the wider Transition Network.  


Regular TTK events

TTK's Stitch in Time is taking a break
Postponed for a range of reasons till further notice - please contact Marilyn if you think you could help with running this project when we resume, as we need a few more helpers/organisers. Look out for updates on TTK's Facebook page or TTK Events.

TTK management team meetings, followed by Green Drinks 
Last Tuesday every month, 6.00pm and then 7.00  - 8.30pm, Spring Grove pub, Bloomfield Road, KT1 2SF - next one on Tuesday 25 January
(pandemic permitting) No Green Drinks in December as the last Tuesday is a bank holiday).
Updates will be posted on the TTK Facebook page.

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

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Due to the current Covid situation Save the World Club is temporarily closed to the public till Monday 3rd January 2022.
Volunteers who are fit and well, will continue to collect and redistribute food each evening. This is a vital time for many, especially for those we already support. They will do what they can to help the poor and hungry this Christmas and New Year, without risking themselves or others.

The Circulatory Summit Room for hire
Save The World Club will be offering the hire of our upstairs 50 square foot Summit Room for:
- From £8 an our for new unconstituted voluntary groups and community activities;
 - From £15 an hour for constituted community organisations and charities;
 - From £25 an hour for businesses and larger organisations.
We can also cost for tea, coffee, biscuits, food, refreshments and entertainment (poetry, live music and art) if needed. All enquiries to Dr Tariq Shabbeer, telephone 07443 508514.

Make sure you don’t miss any news from us
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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..
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A network of local environmental organisations covering a wide range of blue and green issues in Kingston 


New Year, new approach for KEF
KEF member-groups (at least those whose contact details are correct, and we hope the others will catch up here or on Facebook) have been notified of the winding up of most KEF activity in the face of the difficulty of, and lack of appetite for, representing the whole diverse network. Member-groups will, of course, continue their good work in the community and can communicate with each other and you via this newsletter, we hope, while the website will survive as a record/resource/archive and the KEF Facebook group as a public-facing way to share news and campaigns or answer your environmental queries. 

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The Kingston Hive

A Climate Emergency Centre

News and Events

Look out for pop-up activities to promote and fundraise for our Climate Emergency Centre. 

Regular events

Planning meetings at Kingston Environment Centre and on-line continue - see the website or Facebook page 
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Green volunteering

Berrylands Nature Reserve Volunteer Sessions
Tuesday 28 December, Wednesday 5 January, Saturday 8 January, Wednesday 19 January,10.30 – 12.30, meeting outside Berrylands Scout Hut on Stirling Walk
In addition to our usual schedule, we'll be holding an extra volunteer session in the week between Christmas and New Year, as we've done in previous years, which always makes a nice change from eating mince pies and watching Christmas movies. So do join us then if you want an excuse to get out for some fresh air. Find out more about upcoming volunteering sessions, and drop in on the day.

Nature conservation volunteering with Citizen Zoo
Citizen Zoo - volunteer with us! 

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 - next one on Saturday 8 January 
Come along to help improve the habitat for butterflies. Find out more.
+ Gardening at Ham Library, quarterly maintenance sessions - find out more.

Sowing and growing in Kingston 

Hogsmill Community Garden 

Our usual volunteer days and monthly work parties continue. Find out more on our Facebook page.
On Swan Path, Vineyard Close

Canbury Community Garden

Helpers always welcome at our weekend gardening sessions.
Between Canbury Gardens, Kingston Riverside [tennis] Club and Kings’ Passage - current access only via our Canbury Gardens gate near the bandstand.
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Kingston Edible Forest 2100

A food forest 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
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Regular gardening sessions

See also socially distanced gardening at Kingston Environment Centre, and go to Facebook pages to confirm opening times and safety advice before turning up.

Useful resources for gardeners

Rather than letting this list become ever longer, we have moved older items to Growing Tips on Transition Town Kingston's website.
  • LFGN London Friends of Greenspaces Network  - celebrating Friends Forum’s efforts, sharing ideas and experiences, and supporting each other in valuing and improving London's parks and open green spaces.
  • Food Not Lawns is  a network of ecologically conscious gardeners around the world, sharing seeds, food, resources and information toward building a more sustainable gardening community. 
  • Learn about urban food growing and running community gardens at Capital Growth training sessions (online for now) which cover a number of themes from climate resilience to growing for nature. Recordings of some sessions are also available to members on the Capital Growth member's dashboard.


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.

Coming soon

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch
28 - 30 January in a garden near you
Count the birds you see in your garden, from your balcony or in your local park for one hour. Find out more and report your sightings

Regular events

See the website or Facebook page for other KBN activities.
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Our core values are recycling and sustainability. Our mission is to benefit the local and wider community by offering affordable, recycled bikes.
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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.     

Coming soon

Create your own Birdbox!
Saturday 15 January, 3x 1h15m sessions, starting at 10.00am, 11.30am or 1.00pm, Marble Hill Park
Join Habitats and Heritage and our Partner English Heritage, to construct your very own bird box in Marble Hill Park. We'll give you a step by step guide on how to build your box, and show you the best places to hang them to help wildlife in your area. We'll provide all the tools and materials, but we advise that you bring gloves, sturdy footwear and warm clothes as this will be an outdoor activity.
Register for the event free of charge and if you have any questions please email us  
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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 global Extinction Rebellion here and the latest from London XR


Regular events

For XR Kingston meetings, actions, film shows coming up check Events on the Facebook page. 
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We believe in giving people ‘permission’ to be brilliant because everyone can be brilliant...

 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. 


Tree Walks and children’s activities
Sunday 23 Jan, morning session  and afternoon session, Ham Lands

Join TCV and the local tree experts from the Friends of Ham Lands for a mindful winter tree walk. You will learn to identify the most common tree species in winter and get to know more about the history of this wonderful local nature reserve.

See all HUG projects and full details of events happening in and around Ham on our website and sign up for our regular newsletters. 

Regular events

Richmond Maker Labs
Tuesday evenings

RML is an informal workshop where ideas can be transformed into objects, and faulty goods can be repaired instead of being replaced. RML is open to the public on Tuesday evenings and to existing members on Thursdays. Tuesday evening places can be booked via Eventbrite.

Friends of Ham Lands volunteer conservation sessions
2nd Saturday every month
See Green volunteering section.

Kingston Council news                        

Check the latest Covid-19 guidance
Kingston Council would like to hear your thoughts on its proposed budget planning for 2022-2023.
You can share your views until 16 January 2022 in a variety of ways:
Online: by taking the survey at
Phone: 0208 547 5000
Post: please get in touch to request a paper copy of the survey.
See the Council's website for the latest news.

Other green news, events and activities 


Last chance for a while to read Salmon on-line - Kingston's magazine for ethically-minded people who live, work and play in the borough and the surrounding area is taking a break.  

Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Time
31 Jan - 27 March 2022, on-line
Sterling College's interactive, communal online course is back, led by TTK co-founder Shaun Chamberlin; joined by Rob Hopkins, Jason Hickel, David Abram and others.  Still time to book - details here.

Start the new year with a warmer home
Groundwork’s Green Doctors can help to make 2022 a little cosier by providing free telephone or in person consultations to share advice about saving energy, install energy efficiency measures - such as draft proofing – and help you access grants. Free impartial advice is available to a wide range of people, including those on a low income, with debt, in poor housing conditions or living with physical or mental health conditions. Consultations begin again in the New Year on Tuesday 4 January – find out more and sign up for a consultation here. 

Hate waste, love your freezer
Let your freezer be your friend and save those Christmas leftovers from the bin. Find out more.
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