October Bulletin

Hello all-

Apologies for the lack of bulletin in September- by no means did it mean that nothing was going on! There was Waste Less, Live More week, lots of conservation events across Redbridge organised by the conservation team at the Redbridge Vision Trust, a couple of great workshops at Forest Farm Peace Garden (beekeeping, and organic soil care) and much more.

Looking ahead, October is also an exciting month- we’ve been harvesting lots of fruit and veg at Forest Farm Peace Garden, and invite you to share the bounty of the harvest with us at our Abundance Day on the 14th October- this Sunday!

Abundance Day: Our Autumn Open Day
Sunday 14th October 2012, 12 – 4 pm:
We hope you will join us for our autumn open day – Abundance Day – to celebrate the harvest.  Come along to press juice from local apples, sample and buy preserves and food made from Garden produce, and get food growing and “gardening for wildlife” tips.  All are welcome , there will be activities suitable for all ages, including a Give and Take stall – where you can get rid of things you don’t need and pick up things you do for free! There will be music from Les Zoings and Redbridge Music Lounge, organic herb plants for sale, candle rolling and beetle boxes, and a talk on herbal first aid.

How to get here: Forest Farm Peace Garden is at the end of Hazelbrouck Gardens, Hainault IG6 2XL – just a 5 minute walk from Hainault station on the Central Line. Free Entry- no booking required

For more information, contact info [at] forestfarmpeacegarden.org, http://www.forestfarmpeacegarden.org, or 07913089979

Other events:
1) Environmental Networking Event: Wednesday 10th October, 6pm
2) Composting workshop at Forest Farm: 11am – 4pm, 21st October
3) Forest Gardening workshop at Forest Farm: 10am – 4pm, 18th November
4) Ilford Events for One World Week: 21st – 27th October
5) Next Sustainability Forum Meeting: Wednesday 5 December, 6.45pm, Redbridge Town Hall
6) And a few more ways to support your local green spaces

1) Environmental Networking Event
Wednesday 10th October, 6pm

Forest Farm Peace Garden, the Environmental Strategic Partner for Redbridge Council, is pleased to invite you to a networking event geared specifically at individuals and environmental groups across Redbridge and neighbouring boroughs. The aim of the event is to create an opportunity where we can informally and enjoyably network and talk creatively about shared interests and opportunities for collaboration. The decision to hold this event is based on feedback from different groups saying that they value opportunities to network, but we have noticed that it is often difficult to do so in more formal settings such as Sustainability Forum.
To address this we have planned an informal event at Forest Farm Peace Garden for people involved in any kind of environmental groups/campaign/project in Redbridge and neighbouring boroughs. We have invited Francis Castro, a Senior Nature Conservation Ranger at Redbridge to chat to us about conservation initiatives and environmental volunteering projects across the borough, and we will make herbal tea from our herb garden and cook produce from the community garden in the bonfire, which should keep us warm!
The event is planned for Wednesday the 10th October, arriving at 5.45 for a 6pm start. Please let me know whether you are interested in coming along. It would be fantastic if you could let other interested people know about the event. Hope to see you there!

2) Composting workshop at Forest Farm:
10am – 4pm, 21st October (exact time TBC)
Come learn everything you need to know about composting at home! Composting organic matter (vegetable scraps, garden waste, teabags, etc) is the most environmentally friendly way of disposing of the waste, PLUS you are left with nutritious compost which is fantastic for growing vegetables and flowers in!
This event is free of charge and open to the public, but please contact natalie [at] forestfarmpeacegarden.org to confirm attendance so we can inform you of any time changes. Please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch.

3) Forest Gardening workshop at Forest Farm Peace Garden
Provisionally: 18th November. 10am – 4pm
We are looking into organising an Intro to Forest Gardening workshop at Forest Farm Peace Garden. Please let natalie [at] forestfarmpeacegarden.org know if you would be interested in coming along so we can confirm with the instructor if there is enough interest. Forest Gardening is a sustainable and creative design in which different plants and trees are planted in a garden that stretches up and down as well as across the ground! It’s a cutting edge design for highly-productive but low-impact food growing that is picking up popularity around the world. The workshop will be free of charge but by registration only. Get in touch if you’d like to register interest and be kept in the loop on any further developments.

4) Ilford Events for One World Week

Multi-Faith Walk
Sunday  21 October 1.30 – 5.15 pm
Starts @ Ilford Federation Synagogue 14-16 Coventry Rd. IG1 4QR
This is a wonderful opportunity to visit different places of worship in central Ilford, hear a little about the faith group and venue. Its also an opportunity to meet people of different faiths on the walk and support the message of Peace.
Walking the Labyrinth
Wednesday  23 October 2 – 4.00pm
Life is often seen as a journey and this Labyrinth can be for us a way of reflecting on our journey of life.
@ Ilford Islamic Centre Mosque 54-58 Albert Rd. IG1 1HW
Reflection & Meditation
Thursday 24th October 7 – 9.30 pm
@ Redbridge Buddhist Temple & Cultural Centre 9 Balfour Rd. IG1 4HP
Social & Concert Event
Saturday 27th Oct. 6.30 – 9.30pm
@ The Vine Church Halls Riches Rd. IG1 1JH ( also  Holstock Rd. )

5) Next Sustainability Forum Meeting
Wednesday 5 December, 6.45pm, Redbridge Town Hall.

Sustainability Forum is a quarterly meeting where voluntary and community groups from across Redbridge get together to discuss issues of importance to the environment across the borough. The Forum is facilitated by Redbridge Council, so this is an opportunity to influence Council policy and strategy on sustainability. Get in touch with adam.hickman@redbridge.gov.uk to find out more. Next meeting is:

6) And a few more ways to support your local green spaces:

Queen Elizabeth II Field Challenge

Four of our parks and open spaces have been proposed as Queen Elizabeth II Field in Trust sites:  Loxford Park, Westwood Recreation Ground, Redbridge Recreation Ground and Hainault Recreation Ground.  Local residents can find out more information and support the proposal on the Queen Elizabeth II Field Challenge by going to the Fields in Trust website at www.fieldsintrust.org.   In the meantime, please help us by completing the consultation form which you can find at:  http://www2.redbridge.gov.uk/cms/leisure_and_libraries/leisure_and_culture/parks_and_open_spaces/queen_elizabeth_ii_fields.aspx

A message from Thames 21
The Environment Agency has asked Thames21 to produce a ‘Catchment Plan’ for the Roding, Beam and Ingrebourne rivers. This is part of a new community approach to river management driven by the European Water Framework Directive. This is a new law from the EU aiming to increase the quality of our rivers and other water bodies by improving ecology and wildlife and reducing pollution.
As part of this project we want to hear what you feel about the Roding – what do you cherish about the river, what are your concerns, what improvements would you like to see, and how can we work together to make these improvements happen?

A Vision for the Roding

Community Workshops

Held in the Drawing Room, Valentines Mansion, Valentines Park, Emerson Road, Ilford, IG1 4XA

Tuesday 16th October 7-8.30pm and Tuesday 23rd October 7-8.30pm

By the end of 2012 we want to have a plan for the Roding that you feel gets to the real issues, and suggests some solutions that we can all work on to improve the river.
As well as the plan, we’d like to get some action going this year, and we will discuss this at the workshops too. For example, Thames21 can offer free training and support for groups to lead waterway clean ups, identify and control invasive plants and test the water quality of your local rivers. If you would like to attend the workshops please RSVP using the details below by Thursday 11th October.
If you can’t make the workshops, we have produced a questionnaire, which can be sent to you by request. The deadline for returning the questionnaire is Friday 19th October 2012, and it can be emailed or posted back. This information also appears in the questionnaire. We can also still give you training and support if you’d like to do something practical for the river but can’t attend the workshops.
For RSVP and further details please contact: Aimee Felus, Thames21 – bringing London’s waterways to life, T: 0207 0936 382, E: aimee.felus@thames21.org.uk, W: www.thames21.org.uk


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