January News

There’s no doubt anymore, it’s well and truly winter- there was snow today!
Forest Farm Peace Garden is still open for a few more weeks to wrap up the growing season before we stow away our shovels for the winter. Join us for our solstice celebration by the bonfire at Forest Farm, and check out the other cool events which are happening across the borough over the winter months.

Forest Farm Peace Garden Winter Solstice celebration

Forest Farm Peace Garden continues to be open for volunteering Wednesdays and Fridays until Friday 21st December- when we will celebrate the Winter Solstice before we take a break for the winter holidays. Join us on the 21st from 11am to prepare the community garden for the winter, and enjoy hot soup and food together on the shortest day of the year! Get in touch with info@forestfarmpeacegarden.org for more details. All Welcome!
We will re-open for volunteering on Friday 11th January.

RAMFEL is proud to host for Human Rights Day and International Migrants Day:
Climate Change, Migration and Communities in Redbridge and East London
Wednesday 12th December 2012, 10am-12.00noon
Redbridge Town Hall, 128-142 High Road, Ilford, IG1 1DD
Temporary displacement as a result of natural disasters is predicted as an increasing challenge for migration. Whilst most of the migration from such incidences will be localised to neighbouring countries, this short session looks at the main challenges faced by law makers and what diaspora communities from areas like Asian and the African sub regions, and who are based in the UK can do to advocate and support in times of need.
Guest Speakers:
Alex Randall from the Climate Change & Migration Coalition “The Nature of the Challenge”
Mohammad Hoshi, “What’s needed to support a change in the legislative framework for asylum?”
Rita Chadha, “What can diaspora communities do to help?”
RSVP or for further information ring 0208 478 4513 or email Lucy@ramfel.org.uk
To book a ticket go to http://migrationmatters2012ccred.eventbrite.co.uk

Giving Time for Others Volunteering Fair
Thursday 13th December, 11am – 4pm
Ilford Town Hall
Hosted by the Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Muhammed Javed
Come find out more about 50 local organisations providing information about what they do in Redbridge!
“Volunteering is a great way to feel more involved in the community, meet new people, support a cause you care about, develop skills and experience & get references.”

Update from the Nature Conservation Ranger Team in Redbridge: some great opportunities for planting trees across the Borough this winter!

Thursday 6 December
Valentines Park Tree Planting
Come and join us in planting 400 young trees (kindly donated by the Woodland Trust) at Valentine’s Park, transforming the former pitch n’ putt area into a haven for wildlife.
Meet outside Valentine’s Park mansion, nearest entrance on Emmerson Road.

Tuesday 18 December
Seven Kings Park Tree Planting
Come along and help the Rangers and park friends group plant trees (kindly donated by the woodland trust) around the park boundary.
10am – 2:30pm
Meet at Seven Kings Park, Beddington Road gate

Saturday 12 January
STOP THE PRESS! Update on Tree Planting Spectacular!
From the original 7,500 trees to be planted, additional funding has been gained so we will be planting a mammoth 15,000 trees in Ray Park with Trees for Cities and the Nature Conservation Ranger Team between January and February 2013.  There will be arts and crafts activities and live music as well on the day. Come and take part in what could be the biggest tree planting event in the borough and possibly London.
11am – 3pm
Meet at: Ray Park, Snakes Lane East, Woodford Green, IG8 7JQ

WIN TREES for your community project
As part of National Tree Week, Gristwood and Toms are offering trees to be planted as part of a community project.
The winning project will get 15no 10-12cm Standard trees suitable for the site. We will plant the trees with stakes, guards and watering bags.
We estimate this to be worth in the region of £4,000.
We plan to plant the trees in February 2013.
If you are involved in a community project, or know someone who is, and you would like the opportunity to win this tremendous prize, please write/email us with the following details:
•  Name and location of project
•  Who is involved and how it is benefitting the local community
•  The species you would like to have planted (subject to availability)
•  Why you would like to add 15 trees to your project
•  How the trees will be maintained
Please note, the planting site must be in soft landscaping, and all permission from the relevant authorities must be provided with your application. Please email your application, limited to 1,000 words to sophie.amazu [at] gristwoodandtoms.co.uk by the 4th January 2013.



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