The Scrap Space Appeal

Our sister group in Shoreham, Over the Moon, who also run the Adur Repair Café, have just launched an appeal for a wonderful new project – The Scrap Space.

The Scrap Space project aims to bring a combined scrapstore and creative activity space to West Sussex, to encourage and inspire community, creativity and sustainability.

Over The Moon are fundraising towards costs of setting up and running a premises. Please support if you can: https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/thescrapspace

Sign Up For Transition Network’s What Next? Summit

The Transition Network’s What Next? Summit takes place on 3rd – 20th March and there are an amazing selection of events lined up.

The What Next? Summit will build community power across the UK by bringing together hundreds of community activists already making change happen, so together we can have a bigger impact.

Over the course of three weeks Transition Network will be hosting a wide range of events and workshops. From a blizzard of inspiring stories of change happening across the world, to inspiring speakers such as Kate Raworth, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan and Carne Ross helping us explore how the power of imagination can transform our current practice. And much, much more!

Find out more about what´s happening here: https://transition-bounceforward.org/join-us-for-the-what-next-summit-events-announced/

Sign up to the Summit to explore and register for free events and workshops as they are announced, connect with people and start a conversation.

Online Eco Open Houses from Transition Town Lewes

This February, join Transition Town Lewes for three live online events where Lewes people open up their houses and show what they’ve done to make their homes warmer, more energy-efficient and less reliant on fossil fuels.

A great opportunity to ask questions, learn what does and doesn’t work – and how the costs and savings stack up.

The first event will focus on heating and will take place on Thursday 11th February at 6pm – 7pm.

For more info and to register for your free place visit:
https://transitiontownlewes.org/lewes-eco-open-houses-online-events/

Breathing Spaces in February

“Where would we be without flowers and trees, they lift the soul.” Dorothy.
We agree whole-heartedly with Dorothy, but it is February and it can seem a bit bleak and bare outside.

Certainly our ‘farm’ flowers are nowhere in sight, especially because we don’t use any additional heat in the polytunnel to force them into blooming this early. Winter flowers are around, understated but beautiful close-up and often luxuriously fragrant (see our Winter Blooms feature http://www.breathingspaces.co/blog).

If you are thinking of gifting some February Floral Love, please remember that many Valentines bunches this month have got an un-romantic carbon footprint, either from air-miles or heating or both. As an alternative you could ask for British sustainably grown flowers. There are commercial growers in Cornwall, Lincolnshire and our very own West Sussex Alstroemeria specialist, Crosslands Nursery, with lots of delightful options. Other artisan growers will have beautiful dried flowers from the summer (not the ones that are sprayed and dyed!). And if you can wait for warmer weather, we still have a couple of subscriptions available for our seasonal flowers and could even rustle up a gift voucher if required!

February/March is the end of the best planting time for new trees – the planet desperately needs more trees and so do we for our health and wellbeing. South Downs National Park Association is kindly gifting us some hedgerow saplings for the site in Sompting where we pick our wildflowers. We want to enable people to plant these with us but obviously that hasn’t been possible in the last couple of months.  With careful management we believe it is a fairly low risk activity, outdoors in a large space, but we are waiting until the Covid infection rates fall further. If you are interested in helping please let us know and we will be in touch in due course. Hopefully it won’t have to just be the two of us putting 200 saplings in the ground! We will register the planting with Countryfile’s excellent “Plant Britain” campaign, which you can also join in by planting a tree at home or at a community space. https://www.plantbritain.co.uk

[email protected]       www.breathingspaces.co

Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 22nd Feb to 7th March.

The Fairtrade Foundation need your help to put farmers’  voices at the heart of tackling the climate crisis and share the reality of their struggles. Our global trading system is balanced in favour of the powerful few. Trapped in this system, farmers already struggle to meet their immediate needs. More than ever, they need a fair price for their crops and their hard work.

Fairtrade works to raise the voices of farmers and workers and prioritise what they need to respond to the environmental crises unfolding in already vulnerable communities. This Fortnight, we are asking you to ‘Choose the World You Want’ and use your voice to tell others about the challenges that farmers face from climate change.

We will be hosting an online festival bringing together schools, universities, businesses, supporters, campaigners and farmers from across the world to choose the world they want.

See more here:  https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/get-involved/current-campaigns/fairtrade-fortnight/ 

Wildflower Trail

Green Tides has secured National Lottery funding to help develop a website (now under development) which will showcase all the local wonderful wildflower sites.

The aim is to encourage more and more people to get out there and enjoy our local greenspaces and even have a go at growing some wildflowers themselves!

So that they can develop content for the website and create the all important trail map, they have taken a standardised approach to gathering some information about these local spaces, some of which TTW maintains – this comes in the shape of a form that will be the submission to be part of the trail.

There’s a little FAQ about what’s going on and how people can help us at this stage. Please contact Chris to get any wildflower spaces listed on the trail map that he may not know about (we will list The Haven in Homefield Park), or send through any great pictures of wildflowers, meadows areas and pollinators. Email: [email protected]

Transition Greenspaces – January Update

Things have slowed down considerably in our community gardens during January, principally due to lockdown and not being quite sure what was permitted, so we decided to go with 1:1’s working to all the usual guidelines.

Also, the weather has somewhat defeated us a lot of the time and there wasn’t much to do anyway, so our volunteers have had a well deserved break. The plants in the polytunnel at May Close are gently growing, we’ve had a good tidy up, done some more planting and some tree pruning.

Rampion 2 Launches Public Consultation

There are plans to expand the Rampion Wind Farm as part of the Government’s targets to quadruple the UK’s offshore wind capacity by the end of the decade.

The first phase consultation on initial proposals for Rampion 2 is currently in progress and runs until February 11th.

Rampion are keen to receive feedback from local communities and you can take part here: First Consultation – Rampion2

You can also visit the Rampion 2 website to view further information about the project and take a tour of a Virtual Village Hall exhibition where you can study maps and charts, watch a video flying over the onshore cable route options, find out how the operating Rampion Wind Farm was built and book a virtual meeting with members of the Project Team.