SusWoT News – 28 Feb 2013

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SusWoT News

  • Here are the minutes of the Open Meeting on 21st February. Get Growing is well underway this year with an ever-expanding range of produce being raised from seed.
  • The latest SusWoT newsletter has the usual wealth of interesting features including a focus this time on bees.
  • Forest of Avon are offering discounted native trees. See this leaflet for details of the scheme and species. Orders sent to us by 8th March at with the details on the leaflet can be picked up from the March Local Produce Market.
  • Here’s a handy guide to the 10 easiest-to-grow vegetables for those who aren’t so confident in their growing skills.

News From Other Local Groups

  • Saturday 2nd March 2013 – TENONS 2013 Seminar : Drip to Downpour – Managing the Extremes. 10:00am to 12:30pm, Blakehay Theatre, Weston Super Mare. See poster for more details.
  • Held by the fountains opposite Bristol Hippodrome from 11am – 2pm, Life Cycle’s March 6th bike sale will offer a wide range of bikes, ranging in price from £60 – £250 for adult bikes and £30-£40 for kids bikes. Bikes are available on a first come, first served basis and the sale is part of a regular programme organised by the Lottery-funded Bike Back project – more details.
    • Life Cycle are also looking for individuals who can volunteer at least half a day a week on a regular basis. Volunteers will not come into contact with prisoners and will work in a workshop outside of the prison, equipped with plenty of tools, friendly company and a good supply of tea and biscuits. Life Cycle would also be extremely keen to hear from any professional mechanics who would be interested in sharing their skills.
  •  Details here of courses in self-build housing – a possibility for more sustainable and affordable housing.
  • Hooray! you’ve reached the top of the list and finally got that allotment you’ve always dreamed of…. now what? YOUR NEW ALLOTMENT ‘From Brambles to Broccoli’ Sunday 7th April 10am-1pm at Golden Hill Community Garden: £20 – see poster for more details.
  • Bristol Switch & Save is a new collective buying scheme, helping Bristol householders and small businesses to save money on their electricity and gas bills. By joining together and negotiating as a group, we aim to get a better deal from the energy market on your behalf. As well as helping people to get a better energy deal, Bristol Switch & Save is also looking to provide a green energy choice and payment options which boost the local economy through the city’s new local currency, the Bristol Pound.
  • Avon Organic Group – next meeting, Monday 18th March at new venue: YHA Bristol.
  • Details of courses and activities at Lawrence Weston Community Farm.

Issues and Campaigns

  • If you are unhappy about the service and pricing of First buses in Bristol, then you might want to consider signing this petition on the Government website.
  • Fairtrade Fortnight 25th Feb-10th March. Support for Fairtrade is increasingly relevant as the need for sustainable farming, paying suppliers fairly, and transparency in our food systems become ever more pressing. Please see for details of the fortnight.
  • 4-10 March is Climate Week – more details here.
  • This year’s BIG Green Week Festival will run from 15th to 23rd June 2013. Find out all about in on their website.

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