November News

Surrey Wildlife Trust LogoCommunity Tree Planting

Surrey Wildlife Trust’s Merstham Magpie conservation group are holding a community tree planting event in Merstham to improve Brook Road Open Space. They will be planting 105 trees supplied, for free, by the Woodland Trust.

Any help with planting will be gratefully received. All young volunteers will receive a tree planting certificate, but helpers of all ages are very welcome.

For more details, please contact Surrey Wildlife Trust Community Outreach & Education Officer Laura Ashfield on 07967 575255

When: Saturday, 16 November 2013 @ 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Where: Brook Road Open Space, Merstham RH1 3NB (Map)

LogoVeg Bag Scheme

A reminder that our food group now has a Redhill delivery point for orders from the Sutton Community Farm shop. Sutton Community Farm grows and sells a large range of fresh, organic food and runs a VegBag Scheme. Several of our members have signed up already, and now get bags of fresh, seasonal vegetables every Thursday.

Please take a look at the farm shop website to see the range of produce on offer, and contact Redhill & Reigate Food Group – info@redhillandreigatefood.org.uk – for more information on our Redhill delivery point.

Transition Dorking logoKeep Warm, Save Money

Our friends in Transition Dorking are hosting an Eco Energy Event this weekend. Find out how to keep warm and save money on your energy bills this winter, and to pick up your free “Keep Warm, Save Money” booklet.

St Martin’s Walk, Dorking on Saturday 2 November, between 10am and 4pm. See here for more details.

Fracking rigKeep on Fracking?

We haven’t heard so much about fracking since Cuadrilla packed up and left their site at Balcombe in Sussex at the end of September. But it hasn’t gone away. The government is still pretty keen on it, and wants to offer the industry “the most generous tax regime for shale in the world”.

There have been some interesting posts on the subject on the Transition Network website recently. This post in particular has generated a bit of a debate in the comments that follow it.

If, like journalist George Monbiot, you feel that “using shale gas as a ‘bridge’ to a low-carbon economy is like using chocolate fudge cake as a bridge to a low-calorie diet”, you might be interested in this Greenpeace campaign, which allows you to sign up to put the ground beneath your home off-limits to the horizontal drills of fracking companies.

CarrotsCash 4 Crops

Free Fruit Day was a great success last week, and if you still find yourself with more home-grown produce than you know what to do with, this might help.

The Jolly Farmers pub, just west of Reigate, are running a Cash 4 Crops scheme. They are encouraging locals to bring along unwanted produce from their gardens, plots or even neighbours trees (with permission of course) to the pub, where it will be used in the daily menus, in the preserves and sold in the deli shop at the pub. They will give credit vouchers in return for the produce, to be used in the pub itself or the deli. See the pub’s website for more details.

PintsTransition Drinks

Our monthly Transition Drinks.

We will be in the main bar at the Garland. Come along for a chat and see what we have been doing and what we have planned. We are always keen to hear new ideas, and if you have a project you think we could help with, please come and tell us about it.

We’ll be there from 8, probably until about 9.30 or so, so drop in any time in between.

When: Tuesday, 19 November 2013 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: The Garland, 5 Brighton Road, Redhill,Surrey RH1 6PP (Map)

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