Friday, September 12, 2014

Almorah Road / Hill Avenue Sale Trail

Passing on this message from Carlo Bonura: 

We are organizing a sale trail next weekend  (Saturday 20 Sept, 10-4) on Almorah Road and Hill Avenue (and some surrounding streets) between Victoria Park and Victoria Park Primary School, just down the hill from Knowle.


cb285000@gmail.com for any enquiries

Go along and see what's on offer - perhaps pick up a bargain and be environmentally friendly by reusing stuff.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Totterdown/Knowle to host Bristol’s first Sale Trail


Sunday 6 April, 10am to 2pm will see many residents of Totterdown and Knowle becoming the first in Bristol to test out a sustainability-friendly idea from Australia when they take part – as sellers or buyers - in a pioneering front garden/front room sale trail.

The initiative began via posts of the BS4 Connect and Totterdown Facebook pages asking if anyone else wanted to join Pam Beddard, of Brecknock Road, and Sam Hearn, of Somerset Road, in staging a neighbourhood-wide walkabout version of a car boot sale as a way to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Pam Beddard explains: “The idea originates in Australia where Sale Trails now happen regularly in most major settlements and are credited with prolonging the useful life of more than a million items that might otherwise have gone to rubbish dumps. They work because bargain hunters enjoy being able to browse a lot of stalls during one outing and because households can turn much more than a car boot’s worth of stuff the no longer need into cash for themselves or their favourite charities.”

So far, around 20 people have indicated that they will be taking part in the inaugural Totterdown/Knowle Sale Trail on Sunday 6 April but more are welcome. 

To register an interest or find out more, find the BS_SaleTrail group on Facebook, visit the www.saletrail.co.uk website; follow @BS_SaleTrail (#saletrail) on Twitter account or email sell@saletrail.co.uk.


Participation is free for both sellers and buyers. Big thanks to Omni Digital for artwork and online tools.  

Friday, February 14, 2014

Talk in Bristol by 'environmental legend' Jonathon Porritt, Tues 18 Feb


Jonathon Porritt talk in Bristol next Tues 18 Feb, about generating real hope of sustainability by 2050. 

Want to have realistic hope for our survival in 2050?  Interested in future business, energy, economics, food distribution, technology etc.? 

You can meet environmental legend and futurologist, Sir Jonathon Porritt at his presentation of "The World We Made" at Yes Group Bristol, 7.30pm -10.15pm next Tues 18th Feb (doors open 7p.m), Engineers House, The Promenade, Bristol, Avon BS8 3NB


His ground breaking, illustrated book in the words of Alex McKay, a teacher looking back from 2050, tells the story of how we got from where we are today (in a pretty bad way, environmentally) to a much better place in the future. More details here http://yesbristol.co.uk


Best value tickets are online, 2 for £5 each, 1 for £7 or £10 on the night from 7p.m (includes complimentary tea and coffee). 

Reviews by Richard Branson, Joanna Lumley and others...



'Jonathon Porritt's book dreams big, as if our future depends on it. And it does.' Richard Branson

'I am absolutely bowled over by the brilliance of The World We Made. Its far-sightedness and complete grasp of all the challenges the world is going to face is one thing; to write this charming, easy, accessible, optimistic vision, is really something else.' Joanna Lumley

'A brilliant evocation of how it could turn out right for us by 2050!' Oliver James

'Jonathon Porritt does not avoid calamity, nor does he cave in to Doomsday. His crystal ball throws light on the world of our grandchildren. Uplifting stuff from the pen of one of the world's great futurologists!' Bob Brown

'Only Jonathon Porritt could have produced such an imaginative but believable book about sustainability. Alex Mackay's account of how, by 2050, human ingenuity has cracked it, makes me wish I was going to live to see it.' Prue Leith

'Jonathon Porritt has found both the facts and the spirit required for imagining the future!' Bill McKibben

There will be time for Q & A, and book signing.
Tickets here
http://yesbristol.co.uk/category/talks/


More on Jonathon Porritt:  

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tackling Bristol's food waste: Gleaning Network UK, Bristol hub launch


Gleaning Network UK, featured in BBC Radio 4's Food ProgrammeThe Guardian, and Al Jazeera, and organised by Tristram Stuart and Feeding the 5,000, is an exciting new initiative to save the thousands of tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables that are wasted on UK farms every year. Farmers across the country often have no choice but to leave tonnes of their crops unharvested and get ploughed back in the soil. These crops often cannot reach the market either because they fail to meet the strict cosmetic standards of supermarkets or because of overproduction.

We coordinate teams of volunteers, local farmers and food redistribution charities in order to salvage this fresh, nutritious food and direct it to those that need it most, such as homeless hostels and charities. To date, we have salvaged several tonnes of excellent unmarketable British produce, including apples, cabbages, cauliflowers, spring greens and kale, and redistributed them to charities such as 
FareShare. Here's some more info, our video, and pictures of our last gleaning day (our debut in Sussex, with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall from River Cottage along for the day!). The movement is gathering pace, and we're rapidly expanding into a national network. Join the Arable Spring!


We're launching our Bristol hub at the moment, and we need your help! We'll have gleaning events coming up over the next few months, and we need volunteers to come help harvest that tasty wonky fruit and veg, as well as local drivers. If you'd be interested in volunteering over the next few months, just sign up to our gleaning list to be the first to know when we have our debut Bristol gleaning day set, or if you have any questions contact maddy@feeding5k.org

See you in the fields!

Many thanks,

Maddy Longhurst

Haven’t signed the Feeding the 5000 pledge yet? Go to www.feeding5k.org and make your voice heard!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

'Big Bike Day' at The Park


31st July, 11am to 3pm event being organised at The Park, Daventry Rd, Knowle. It is the Park 'Big Bike Day' and will consist of a Life cycle Family Cycling event along with other activities put on by the Park it self. It will include

- a kids bike swap - an opportunity for kids to trade up their bikes (for no charge). We will bring along a stock of refurbished bikes. We also sell these at £10 each

- bike rodeo - an opportunity for kids to test out their cycling skills

- Dr Bike - get the bike checked over

And much more

More info can be found via the web link. The event is free and will include the send off for two park employees on a cycle ride from Lands End to John O'Groats.

If you had any means of promoting the event please do (and please come along!)
http://www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/parkbigbikeday

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Big Green Week 2013

The UK’s festival of eco ideas, art and entertainment is back in the centre of Bristol from 15th to 23rd June. Join more than 40,000 visitors who will start early and stay late to enjoy two weekends of free family entertainment and nine days of inspiring talks, workshops, art, music, poetry, comedy and films.

See some some festival highlights and the latest news http://biggreenweek.com/ . View our festival programme here. 

And don’t forget your limited edition money saving Festival Discount Pass on sale here.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Earth Day 2013

April 22 Earth Day to Put a Face on Climate Change - Interactive Digital Mosaic to Be Shown at Thousands of Events Worldwide
Earth Day, April 22, is less than one week away. The theme of Earth Day 2013 is The Face of Climate Change. This campaign seeks to harness the power of Earth Day to personalize the massive challenge that climate change presents, while uniting people around the globe into a powerful call to action.

Earth Day Network is collecting images of people, animals and places affected by climate change, as well as images of people doing their part in the fight against climate change [see the photo top left of one Sustainable Knowle action - our attempt to stop a car park being built over The Friendship Inn pub garden - that is featured in the interactive digitcal mosaic]. On Earth Day itself, an interactive digital display of all the images will be shown at thousands of events around the world. The display is also available online to anyone who wants to view it, show it or read the stories.

Although climate change still seems a remote problem to some people, the reality is quite different. This past year marked many climate-change milestones. Arctic sea-ice cover reached a record low in September. The United States experienced its hottest year ever; this after the World Meteorological Organization announced that the first decade of this century was the hottest on record for the entire planet. Public perception of extreme weather events as “the new normal” grew, as unusual super storms rocked the Caribbean, the Philippines and the northeast United States; droughts plagued northern Brazil, Russia, China and two-thirds of United States; exceptional floods inundated Nigeria, Pakistan and parts of China; and more. Meanwhile, international climate change talks stagnated.

But as these Faces of Climate Change begin to multiply, others are multiplying, too: people stepping up to do something about it.

“The goal is to depict the very real impact that climate change is having on people’s lives and to unite thousands of Earth Day events around the world into one call for climate action,” said Franklin Russell, director of Earth Day at Earth Day Network. “The more people who participate, the more of an impact it will have.”

Earth Day Network is encouraged by the level of participation in this year’s activities.

Examples of stories collected so far include a mountaineer in New Zealand who reported on receding glaciers and an organization in Thailand who installed solar panels at a refugee camp on the Myanmar border. With more than 1 billion people across 192 countries participating in Earth Day-related activities each year, the potential is enormous.

People can also post photos to Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #FaceOfClimate for inclusion in the mosaic. To view The Face of Climate Change photo display, go to www.earthday.org/faces. To learn more about Earth Day 2013 and The Face of Climate Change, go to www.earthday.org/2013. More on Sustainable Knowle in Bristol here: http://sustainableknowle.blogspot.co.uk/

MEDIA AVAILABILITY:

· Kathleen Rogers, president


· Franklin Russell, director of Earth Day


If you are interested in specific stories from The Face of Climate Change or in scheduling an interview with an Earth Day Network spokesperson, contact Bryan Buchanan, communications director: buchanan@earthday.org, 202-518-0044 x 14

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Recycle your unwanted bike

BikeBack is a bike refurbishment scheme, run by local charity Life Cycle UK. We take unwanted bikes and teach prisoners at Horfield Prison how to fix them up, getting them back on the road at affordable prices.
The project:
• Saves old bikes from landfill

• Teaches prisoners new skills

• Helps people on low incomes start cycling

But we need your unwanted bikes to keep going!

Drop off at:   > The Create Centre, BS1 6XN (Mon - Fri) or
                 > Horfield Prison, BS7 8PS (Tues only)
What are you waiting for... donate your bike today!

www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/donate-a-bike

http://www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/bike-recycling

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Bristol Green Capital finalist

Bristol, Brussels, Glasgow and Ljubljana have been chosen as the four finalists to proceed to the next stage of the European Green Capital 2015 Award organised by the European Commission. The European Green Capital Award is an annual prize that goes to one city every year, singling out its environmental performance.
Bristol, Brussels, Glasgow and Ljubljana have been shortlisted from 8 entries across Europe. An independent panel of 12 experts assessed each entry on the basis of 12 indicators:

· Local contribution to global climate change

· Local transport

· Green urban areas incorporating sustainable land use

· Nature and biodiversity

· Quality of local ambient air

· Quality of the Acoustic Environment

· Waste production and management

· Water consumption

· Waste water treatment

· Eco innovation and sustainable employment

· Environmental management of the local authority

· Energy performance

Bristol, Brussels, Glasgow and Ljubljana, will now go forward to present their vision, their potential to act as a role model to other cities, and their communication strategy to the Jury in Brussels on 24 May. Following the Jury’s deliberations the final result, the European Green Capital 2015 will be announced at an official Award ceremony in France on 14 June 2013, hosted by the current European Green Capital, Nantes.

Background

To date, five cities have been awarded the title of European Green Capital: Stockholm 2010, Hamburg 2011, Vitoria-Gasteiz 2012, Nantes 2013, and Copenhagen 2014. The Award is presented to a city in the vanguard of environmentally friendly urban living. The Expert Panel assesses the cities on the basis of 12 environmental indicators. The jury evaluates cities on their record of achieving high environmental standards, their commitment to on-going and ambitious goals for further environmental improvement and sustainable development, and the extent to which they can act as a role model and promote best practice in other European cities.

The jury comprises representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions, the European Environment Agency, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Covenant of Mayors Office and the European Environmental Bureau.

For more information:

www.europeangreencapital.eu

Facebook www.facebook.com/EuropeanGreenCapitalAward

Twitter @EU_GreenCapital

See also: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/urban/home_en.htm

Monday, March 25, 2013

Bristol Festival of Nature

Bristol Festival of Nature celebrates a decade of discovery. A new challenge to uncover Bristol’s hidden environmental hotspots is launching in May to celebrate Bristol Festival of Nature’s 10thanniversary.

 Bristol99 will give the public the chance to discover the natural world in their own neighbourhood, with exciting wildlife events being held across the city’s 99 best sites for nature.
 
It will encourage people to explore their local area and celebrate the wildlife in Bristol’s green spaces including everything from hidden gems to the city’s best known parks.

It begins with a ‘BioBlitz’ at Kings Weston Estate on May 3 and 4, where the festival team, will seek the help of members of the public to discover as many species as possible in a designated area over 24 hours. The events will then continue over the next six weeks before culminating in the main Bristol Festival of Nature weekend.

The festival is the UK’s largest free natural history event and takes place at Bristol Harbourside on the weekend of 15-16. On June 14 the annual Festival of Nature Schools’ Day, supported by Clifton College will welcome over 1,000 primary school pupils to the site for a day of hands-on science and nature activities.

Giving wildlife enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to explore and enjoy the natural world in the heart of the city, the public festival brings together over 150 organisations for a programme of interactive activities, live entertainment, hands-on experiences, a market packed with local produce and much more.

The highlights for the weekend include:

· The first screenings of new wildlife films produced by the next generation of natural history filmmakers, who are studying a new MA course in wildlife filmmaking run by UWE and the BBC.

· A pop-up butterfly garden run by North Somerset Butterfly House which will give visitors an immersive experience to learn about some of the world’s most beautiful butterflies.

· The Seeds of Change Garden which will connect the natural world to the city’s history of trade and migration through a ballast seed garden produced by Arnolfini and the University of Bristol.

 More than 150,000 people have attended the festival since 2004, and the past 10 years have seen it grow significantly to become one of Bristol’s most popular festivals, helping to raise the profile of environmental issues and natural history in the city and across the UK.

Savita Custead, Chief Executive of Bristol Natural History Consortium which organises Bristol Festival of Nature, says:

“The Bristol99 challenge will help to take the Festival of Nature out into the city and directly to the people of Bristol. The Festival has always aimed to inspire people about the natural world and this is a fantastic new way to take the initiative and help the public to find nature on their doorsteps.

“Bristol is the home of natural history in the UK and we are proud of the contribution the Festival of Nature has played in developing that reputation. It is the only event that brings together all of the key environmental organisations in the city, and over the last 10 years we have seen these relationships go from strength to strength.

The festival was named “Tourism Event of the Year 2011” in the Bristol Tourism and Hospitality Industry Awards 2011, and was awarded Bronze in the Tourism Event of the Year category at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2011-2012.

The Bristol Festival of Nature takes place on the Bristol Harbourside and is open from 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday June 15, and 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday June 16. Admission is free.

For further information, interviews or images please contact Max Boon at Spirit PR on 0117 944 1415 or email mboon@spiritpublicrelations.co.uk  
Also see http://www.bnhc.org.uk/home/festival.html
________________________________________________________________
 
The Bristol Festival of Nature is an initiative of the Bristol Natural History Consortium, which is a charitable collaboration between 11 of the biggest natural history organisations in the city, and it is the strength of this partnership that has helped the festival to flourish for the past decade.

The Bristol Festival of Nature aims to engage the widest possible audience in the UK’s biggest celebration of the natural world.

Its main objectives are:

  • To deliver a memorable celebration of the natural world and to recognise Bristol’s reputation as a leading centre for the understanding and appreciation of natural history

  • To attract new audiences and widen participation in the understanding and enjoyment of the natural world

The festival is an initiative of the Bristol Natural History Consortium, a charitable collaboration between: Avon Wildlife Trust, BBC Natural History Unit, Bristol City Council, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Defra, Environment Agency, National Trust, Natural England, University of Bristol, University of the West of England and Wildscreen.

The festival is supported by British Ecological Society, Bristol Water, IOP Publishing, At-Bristol, Clifton College, Space Engineering Services and Company of Biologists.

In 2013 the Festival of Nature is part of the British Ecological Society’s centenary Festival of Ecology, held from 15 June to 4 August 2013. The BES will be working in partnership with over 60 organisations celebrating the science of ecology through public events for adults, schools and families. www.festivalofecology.org; www.britishecologicalsociety.org

The Festival of Nature is part of Bristol’s BIG Green Week Festival (15-23 June), the UK's annual festival of environmental ideas, art and culture. www.biggreenweek.com.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Self Build Housing Workshops Bristol 2013

Half-day and one-day courses for people exploring the possibilities and realities of self build/custom build and community-led housing.The future of housing: low impact, affordable, empowering. http://www.ecomotive.org/
 
Would you like to design and/or build your own home? Working with others to do this is a creative and empowering process through which we can actually create affordable homes which meet our needs. See Ashley Vale self build in St. Werburghs in 2003, pictured.
Facilitated by Ecomotive an experienced community self build co-operative, these interactive workshops are a place to explore ideas and examples of self build, ask questions, progress projects and meet like-minded people. There will be a well blended mix of information, inspiration, discussion and reflection to help you on the path to understanding your options, forming choices and making decisions.

"A fantastic session. Clearly the course designers are knowledgeable and passionate about self building." Participant 2012.
THE COURSES.

HALF-DAY "INFORM AND INSPIRE" INTRODUCTION TO SELF BUILD*.
  • Open to all. Recommended for those new to self build / custom build who want to explore the different options, background and approaches.
Monday 18th March
Monday 13th May
Monday 15th July
£45/£35 (concs) for individuals.
£60 SME (less than 15 employees)/Charity/Non-profit
£80 corporate / local authority.

FULL DAY "SCENARIOS AND REALITIES OF DEVELOPING A SELF BUILD PROJECT"
  • There are four dates for individuals and groups who want to set up and develop a self build project, and two dates for professionals looking to participate in, facilitate or develop self build projects.
For individuals and groups.
Saturday 9th March
Saturday 20th April
Saturday 8th June
Saturday 6th July
£90/£70 (concs) for individuals.

For professionals.
Monday 15th April
Monday 17th June
£120 SME (less than 15 employees)/Charity/Non-profit
£160 corporate / local authority.

All courses include a tour of Ashley Vale self build project and refreshments. Lunch is also included in the one day course.
*We use the term 'self build' to refer to the full spectrum of self build and custom build projects.

CONTACT US FOR FULL DETAILS OF COURSE CONTENT AND BOOKINGS.

www.ecomotive.org | anna@ecomotive.org | 0117 9241263 | @eco_motive

“What if each household in the UK had the option to build their own place...? We’d see people sharing skills and saving money. We’d see neighbours working together on community self build schemes and local construction economies thriving. And we’d certainly see more energy efficient buildings and a wider embracing of green technologies.Kevin McCloud

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Permaculture in Bristol

Bristol Civic Society event: PERMACULTURE IN BRISTOL WED 13TH MARCH, 7.30-9.00. Upper Meeting Room, Friends Meeting House, 126 Hampton Road, BS6 6JE

The word 'permaculture' comes from 'permanent agriculture' and 'permanent culture' - it entails living lightly on the planet, and making sure that we can sustain human activities in harmony with nature. It combines three key aspects: ethics, an attitudinal/philosophical approach and an understanding of how nature works. These principles then inform the design of sustainable, agriculturally productive, non-polluting and healthy settlements, either adapting what exists or starting from scratch.


Mike Feingold will explain Permaculture in detail and tell us of Permaculture activities and projects in Bristol and how you could get involved. Mike is a member of the Bristol Permaculture Group and has been working with and teaching Permaculture in various countries for over 20 years, mainly in India and Nepal.

Members £2 (voluntary) Non-members £5  http://www.bristolcivicsociety.org.uk/

http://bristolpermaculture.pbworks.com/w/page/11835027/FrontPage

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Go Solar Affordably: interested Knowle people sought

Community Organisation seeking Bristol homeowners wanting to go solar
A pioneering energy-saving community group based in St Werburghs has devised a scheme to help Bristol go solar - more affordably.

Called 'Let’s Go Solar', the scheme is looking for Bristol homeowners interested in having a solar-powered hot water system installed in their home for around half the normal price. [Join the existing participants in the scheme pictured below]

Thanks to securing both government funding and local bargaining power, the not-for-profit community group, Ashley Vale Action Group (AVAG), has slashed the typical cost of installing solar-powered hot water heating from around £5,000 to approximately £2,500.


Ashley Vale Action Group was one of 38 UK-wide groups, and the only Bristol group, to successfully bid for a share of £3 million from the UK government. The government scheme aims to make renewable technologies accessible to more people in its effort to help reduce the UK’s overall carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, Let’s Go Solar has cut the costs even further by negotiating with nine local solar installers to use their collective power to buy hot water heating kits in bulk.

The energy-saving kits use the power of the sun to heat hot water, enabling homeowners to save on fuel bills as well as reduce their individual carbon footprint.

Most of the systems must be installed by the end of March so Let’s Go Solar is launching a Bristol-wide campaign to let as many eligible householders know about the offer as soon as possible.

Particularly welcome are homes deemed deprived according to government statistics such as some parts of St Agnes, St Pauls, Lockleaze, Eastville, Easton, Ashley Down, St Werburgh’s, Knowle, Hartcliffe, Fishponds etc.
Interested homeowners should contact Ashley Vale Action Group as soon as possible to arrange a free survey of their home.
Tel. 0117 924 1263

Friday, July 6, 2012

Bristol Pound

Interesting story showing the designs for the new local currency - the Bristol pound (£B) - here. The picture left shows the design on the back of the £B1 note. The Post also has this report on how to use your local currency from Sept 19th.

http://bristolpound.org/

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Local history: free public events

Here's a good Post story, publicising a really interesting partnership and series of free local history events (see list below - especially those marked ** which are in or close to Knowle).

Run by the University of Bristol in partnership with Bristol City Council and local community groups, Know Your Bristol is a series of free public events exploring local heritage. Members of the public are invited to come and join us to explore their local history as well as contributing to it themselves. We invite members of the public to bring their own stories about each area, including family history and memories of the location. We would also encourage people to bring along objects such as films, family photographs, and historical artefacts.

Digital images of objects brought in and interviews recorded on the day will be contributed to Bristol City Council's Know Your Place project, allowing people to explore their local history through an interactive map website.

Everyone is warmly invited to attend our up coming events and bring their stories of the places to share with the Know Your Bristol team.

Future events include:

**Know Your Arnos Vale-Saturday 19th May 10-4 at Arnos Vale Cemetery

Know Your Kings Weston- Saturday 16th June 10-4 at Kings Weston House

**Know Your South Bristol- Saturday 23rd June 10-4 at Knowle West Media Centre

Know Your Bristol- Saturday 30th June 10-4 at Mshed

Keep up to date with us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Know-Your-Bristol/349027618485303 and Twitter: @knowyourbristol  
and visit our website for more details: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/public-engagement/events/know-your-bristol/

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New CPRE Bristol Group

A new CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) group is being set up in Bristol. This is good news. CPRE is a grassroots organisation, led by volunteers, but it has a powerful national voice – planners and politicians listen to them. I hope that this group will become a strong voice in Bristol to campaign for a greener city surrounded by a thriving countryside, using CPRE’s resources and planning expertise to set out a positive vision for change.

As part of this move CPRE are holding a public meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3rd April at the Horfield Quaker Meeting House (300 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8PD). All are welcome – entry is via the main entrance to the left of the building.

The new National Planning Policy Framework was published yesterday. It looks as though CPRE’s relentless lobbying and pressure on the Government has paid off to some extent, with additional safeguards for the environment now present, but it still removes a huge body of regulations that guided planning. Meanwhile, the Localism Act gives new powers to communities to plan development in their area.

CPRE  see both a threat and an opportunity – if the government is not going to control planning, then we should step in and reclaim control of our own neighbourhoods, and support others to do the same.

Its hoped hope the Bristol group will take a special interest in Localism and local food – CPRE want to explore how communities can use neighbourhood planning to develop local food infrastructure and build links with local farming communities. But also want to keep an eye on the bigger picture, a vision of Bristol as a clean, green city circled by farmland, woods and water.

If you think you might like to join the new group or if you are interested in these issues and you want to hear more, please do go along on Tuesday. This is an open public meeting, so please pass this message on to others who might be interested. Contact  Joe Evans, Director, CPRE Avonside

07854 741130 for further information.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Bristol's Big Green Week, 9 - 17 June 2012

http://biggreenweek.com/

The Big Green Week Programme for 2012

Saturday 9 June:

Love Life, Love Local Food – the UK’s biggest ever Farmer’s Market (in association with the Soil Association) radiating out from the famous St Nic’s covered market hall in Bristol’s old medieval centre.

Sunday 10 June:

Love Life, Love My Bike – the first-ever World Electric Bike Championships with a time trial race on Park Street in the centre of Bristol. The world’s top manufacturers, with celebrity riders, competing for the top crown for electric bikes; plus a gravity powered downhill ‘soap-box’ Go-Kart Grand Prix, and electric bike ‘taster sessions’ for the public.

Monday 11th to Friday 15th June:

A daily stream of events, including:

7.45 – 8.45am The Morning Muse (Green Talk) Colston Hall

– an eight-minute breakfast time provocation and open discussion (also to be broadcast online).

9 – 10am Thought for the Day, Bristol Cathedral

– a chance to reflect on the spiritual side of our connections with the natural world.

10.30am – 12pm, Wonders of the Planet, at the Watershed

- a week-long film programme screening some of the BBC’s greatest hits produced by Bristol’s world famous Natural History Unit over the last 40 years.

12.30 – 1.30pm Festival of Green Ideas Colston Hall

– a lunchtime think-a-thon, with short talks followed by Q&A.

2 – 4pm Film Documentaries & panel discussion Watershed

6 – 7.30pm The BIG Green Lecture (Schumacher) Council House

- our BIG daily daddy of an event, with keynote guest speakers, with virtual link ups with speakers overseas. Plus live poetry or music. Webcast live by Bristol City Council.

8 – 10pm The BIG Green Event (various venues)

– music at St Georges, comedy at Colston Hall, poetry at the Bristol Old Vic, Green Talks at the Arnolfini.

10 – Midnight Late Lounge (various venues)

- hosted by the bar of the venue for that evening’s BIG Green Event (above). Have a drink, mingle and discuss.

Saturday 16, Sunday 17 June: the Festival of Nature

- Europe’s biggest free nature festival held in a tented village across the Bristol harbourside (with schools’ day of the Friday).

Sunday 17 June: Bristol’s Biggest Bike Ride

- this annual traffic-free family ride, organised by Bristol City Council, starts and ends at the Festival of Nature giving a huge finale to BIG Green Week.
Groups interested in organising an event as part of the BIG Green Week Fringe can register online:

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Bristol Pound

Message : Our City, our Money, our Future - The Bristol Pound

On May 21st 2012, Bristol will be seeing the launch of its very own unique currency. Developed in the name of all things local, The Bristol Pound aims to support the independent businesses that give our city both its richness and diversity. The currency will be spent using paper notes and secure mobile phone payments. Over the next few months, The Bristol Pound team will be putting on events around the city, providing information and inviting members of the public to come and share their views on this exciting new scheme. We are also opening up the opportunity for people around the city to enter our art competition, where the winners will have their work printed on the paper notes. The competition is open to anyone, professional, amateur, young or old. For more details on the competition or any other questions you may have concerning the Bristol Pound, go to our website at www.bristolpound.org and help us make it happen.

Upcoming Events:

15th February, 6pm- 7:30pm: Queen's Building, University Walk

16th February, 7:30pm- 9pm: Hamilton House, Stokes Croft

21st February, 7:30-9pm: Redland Park United Reformed Church, (Just off Whiteladies Road)

23rd February, 7:30-9pm: Easton Community Centre, Easton

29th February, 7:30-9pm: Knowle West Media, Knowle West

6th March, 7:30- 9pm: The Tobacco Factory, Southville

7th March, 6:30-8pm: The Paintworks, Brislington

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Free insulation

Are you losing heat and wasting money?



Future Fit Bristol - Phase One begins!


We are offering 100 homes in Knowle West the opportunity to have up to half a day with a qualified local builder, who will install energy saving measures in the house for FREE! This might include adding draught strips, filling draughty holes, re-hanging gappy doors, etc.


This offer is only available to the first 100 Knowle West homes who call and make an appointment.


Please contact the team at re:work on 0117 953 0689.

Thank you.


Future Fit Bristol is a partnership project between Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC), re:work and the Centre for Sustainable Energy.



Friday, January 27, 2012

BS3 Campus

Take a look at: http://bs3campus.org.uk/ and consider signing the epetition and getting involved if you can. I'm looking into how Sustainable Knowle might work with those involved in this (we contributed to the public consultations in some detail back in 2009).

Yet Another Housing Estate For Profit ... or a Low Impact Sustainable Community?


Want to be part of building a new sustainable community?

We are presenting a new vision for the regeneration of the old City of Bristol College and the adjoining open land of the Northern Slopes in Bedminster, which are due to be sold off for development.


Rather than becoming just another housing estate we believe this has the potential to support a new sustainable community with a range of affordable and self build housing and work, training, arts and recreational facilities. The largest of it’s type in the UK.


We aim to breathe new life into the Campus that lies at the heart of the BS3 community and build new space:- Affordable Living space, Workspace, Open space, Growing space, Community space, Eating space, Recreation and Artspace, Performance space, Quiet space….. Our space.


Developments such as Harbourside that create sterile environments to generate profits for a national housebuilder are lost opportunities. In contrast those that are inspired and supported by local people can add a sense of place and real value.


We feel its time to challenge the old ways and models. To create a new vision. that relates to how we want to live; that provides affordable housing, that respects environment, and is based on shared ownership, responsibility and support. We are asking the Bristol and wider community to share in the vision and have their voice heard before it is too late.


The SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY vision:


Self build, self finish and affordable housing


A range of price, tenure and cohousing options


Community workshops and workhub with shared facilities


Recreation, community and creative arts space


Green open space and allotments


Re-use of existing buildings


Use of low impact sustainable construction and renewable energy

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

South Bristol Link Road to go ahead says Chancellor

Take a look here:
http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/campaigns/climate_change/roads/blog

Chancellor George Osbourne bulldozes through the South Bristol Link Road and many others along with it.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Community Energy meeting, 29 June, 6.30-9pm, Knowle West Media Centre

Joining up Bristol’s local community energy groups’ - Bristol Energy Network and the Centre for Sustainable Energy Present….A meeting to hear a talk from Dan McCallum, Awel Aman Tawe Community Energy Successes from South Wales and to discuss what community groups can learn from their experiences


· Learn from what other groups across Bristol and the South West about what they are doing to help reduce energy use in their communities· An opportunity for groups and individuals to share their projects and experiences· Meet people from other energy groups across the Bristol and across the South West· Find out how the Bristol Energy Network and CSE can support your project

Wednesday 29th June 2011 6.30 to 9pm, Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol. Refreshments and light food will be provided.

To book please e-mail Kirsty Mitchel, Kirsty.mitchell@cse.org.uk or phone 0117 931 4100






All community groups are invited