Thursday, 21 February 2019

Climate Chaos event- 30th March

Milton Keynes Peace and Justice Network and Extinction Rebellion Milton Keynes are holding an event on 30th March from 10.30-3pm at Centrecom. Click here for details. 


Public Meeting followed by workshop with guest speakers from:

Alex Chapman: New Economics Foundation
Samantha Jane-Bray: Extinction Rebellion MK
Catherine Rose: Milton Keynes Green Party
TBA representative from Transition MK

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Climate change - what does it mean for your business? - 12th Feb



The workshop is supported by NatWest Business Accelerator and is aimed at SME's who have not yet developed their sustainability strategy or who do not have an environmental management system.

At the end of the workshop, you will understand your environmental responsibilities, be able to write your sustainability strategy and understand how to test whether it is effective.

12th Feburary,  10 -12. Book online using this link 

Friday, 8 February 2019

Great British Spring Clean 22nd March to 23rd April



Are you taking part in the Great British Spring Clean? It's a great way to mobilise your community and make a positive difference to where you live. More information on how to take part here. 


Thursday, 7 February 2019

Litter picking events -10th Feb and 30th March

Litter picking on Sunday 10th Feb. 2pm start. Meet at Wolverton Community Orchard- Hannah Kitchen.  Litter pickers available. 

Following event: 10am Sat 30th March. Meet at Wolverton Community Orchard  - Jo Fensome and Chris Bridgman  



Saturday, 2 February 2019

TTMK Film Night on packaging and food waste - Monday 4th February

Join TTMK for our first film night of 2019, this time focused on the theme of packaging and food waste. The event is free but we welcome donations towards the cost of future events. Look forward to seeing you there!

 

Friday, 25 January 2019

Regenerative Agriculture: Tools for Planetary Repair - 13th February


Join our friends from the Bedfordshire Climate Change Forum on Wednesday February 13th to hear from engaging soil scientist Jim Harris of Cranfield University on ‘Ecological restoration and regenerative agriculture: some tools for planetary repair’.

Enhancing food security – whilst minimising effects on our global life support system – is amongst the most important challenges facing society. Our current global approach to food production whilst successful in terms of overall yield is not working effectively in terms of its environmental impacts on climate change, soil and water quality and biodiversity. The effects can be both acute and chronic.

In the same way that there is a move from linear to circular industrial systems, can we move from agricultural systems that degenerate our environment to systems that are “regenerative”? Is there a need to move beyond minimising environmental damage to the creation of positive environmental outcomes? What are the best ways to do this? Jim Harris will explore these topics from the point of a soil scientist whose horizons have done nothing but expand over his life in science, practice and policy.

You may be interested in what the excellent website/book DRAWDOWN has to say about regenerative agriculture which it puts at #11 out of 100 climate change solutions https://www.drawdown.org/solutions/food/regenerative-agriculture

Join us as usual in Room G011 (ground floor) of the Gateway Building on Polhill Avenue, for a 7.30 sharp start.
There’s no entry charge but donations to cover costs are welcome and enable BCCF to continue to hold a variety of events. Everyone welcome.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

February's events from Mid Shires Orchard Group



SPRINGTIME SCIONWOOD SWAP: BUCKINGHAM
Date: Saturday 2nd Feb, from 10.00am to 4:00pm
Venue: Buckingham Garden Centre, Tingewick Road, Buckingham, MK18 4AE 

Bring your scionwood to share and swap with others, or offer or acquire for a small donation. This event will feature hundreds of rare, local and heritage apple, pear, plum and cherry varieties. They can be grafted on the day (as a paid service) onto purchased rootstocks of choice, or be taken home for grafting to make new fruit trees. This is a really great way to obtain and distribute rare and unusual varieties of fruit tree for gardens, home or community orchards, fields and hedgerows. Price: FREE entry! 

Scionwood may be swapped for free, or acquired/provided for a small donation per piece or bundle, at the supplier’s discretion. Rootstocks are at their retail prices, discounted for five or more. There is also a charge for the grafting service per tree, with a discount for five trees or more.

AFTERNOON AT THE ORCHARD: WOUGHTON ORCHARDS
Date: Saturday 16 Feb 2019, from 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Venue: Woughton Orchards, off Newport Road, Woughton on the Green, Milton Keynes, MK6 3BD

Join us for large branch pruning and crown raising in the Far Cider Orchard, as well as winter pruning in the Old Cider Orchard. Bring working gloves, pruning shears and pruning saws if you have them. Free event but donations welcomed towards refreshments 

Contact: Claire at: MSOGChairman@yahoo.com to find out more and confirm attendance. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The Community Fridge Network expands in Milton Keynes


Following the success of the community fridge in The Bath House in Wolverton another fridge is now open in the south of the city,  Woughton community fridge opened in November 2018 at the Community Council Hub in Coffee Hall local centre and is open  Mon 6-7, Tues 12-1, Wed 3,30 - 4.30 and Fri 9-10.  They have a throughput of around 120 -130 kg of food per week from Costco via a Church group and from a Tesco store. All the food collected is redistributed within about half an hour, mostly to local people. It is a parish council initiative aimed particularly at local residents and is proving a good way to build community engagement. Another fridge is planned to open shortly in The Chapel, Broadlands, Netherfield. 

Daisychain Children's centre in Bletchley also have a community fridge. 

Visit their website for more information.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

TTMK Film Night on packaging and food waste -4th February



Join TTMK for our first film night of 2019, this time focused on the theme of packaging and food waste. The event is free but we welcome donations towards the cost of future events. Look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, 11 January 2019

Noon at the Orchards - 19th Jan



Mid Shires Orchard Group invite you to NOON AT THE ORCHARD: WOUGHTON ORCHARDS, MK6 3BD
Date: Saturday 19th Jan 2019, from 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Venue: Woughton Orchards, off Newport Road, Woughton on the Green, Milton Keynes, MK6 3BD

Join us for our annual scionwood collection, selecting good first year wood and labelling and bagging it ready for our Springtime Scionwood Swap on 02-Feb-19. We’ll also do some winter and formative pruning in the New Orchard. Bring working gloves and pruning shears. The event is free but donations welcomed towards refreshments
Contact: Claire at MSOGChairman@yahoo.comMSOGChairman@yahoo.com to find out more and confirm attendance