There’s lots coming up…!
Parks’ Day, Saturday March 19: These are joint efforts between Camden parks officers and groups of volunteers in each of the parks. You’re welcome to attend to help, or just to admire the parks and see what is happening… (information from Camden council) Map of the parks.
St Georges Gardens WC1
11am – 1pm Improvements to this naturalistic park will include adding some colourful native flowers to one of the borders in the centre of the park. Four hundred new plants need to be planted so all help most welcome.
1pm – 3pm
Join the friends for a fun day in the park involving some spring cleaning, graffiti removal and planting whilst meeting new people.
Maygrove Peace Park NW6
10.30am – 1pm
Wildflower planting in the children’s playground and planting in the raised planters outside Sidings Community Centre
Montpelier Gardens NW5
2 – 4pm
Enjoy some free salads courtesy of Greater London Farms, bring some seeds along to swap (an activity being run by Transition Kentish Town), check out the new community food growing areas in the park being run by Kentish Town Community Centre. Families are welcome and there will be face-painting together with drumming and singing workshops.
Russell Square WC1
11am – 1pm
Help our friends plant up 21 planters outside the café with new permanent plants for a splash of colour in the spring
St Martins Gardens
11am – 1pm
Give Camden’s wildlife a helping hand adding 600 new wildflower plugs to the meadow in the nature conservation area and find out what else the friends get up to in this hidden space in central Camden Town.
(And if you’ve got some garden space that you’re interested in sharing, please email email@example.com.)
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Had a fascinating visit this evening to the Women and Health Centre on Carol Street, with Matty Mitford, my fellow St Pancras and Somers Town ward candidate.
I got a short history of the centre, founded in the Eighties, with ownership of its lovely building which was refurbished early this century with what for the time was really outstanding environmental credentials, including solar panels and rainwater harvesting.
And I learnt how it provides affordable counselling, and complementary and alternative therapies, and has more than 500 member/users, including some of the most disadvantaged women in Camden.
Funding comes from Camden council, from NHS Camden and charitable trusts.
But like any such organisation it has to keep thinking, and spending lots of time, ensuring future funding. It’s unavoidable under our current system of funding such groups, but really we should be creating more space for them to just get on with their good work.
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Naomi Aptowitzer, Green Party activist in Camden Town and Primrose Hill ward, writes:
As a Green Party representative and a campaigner for alternative energy I went today to protest against this hugely under-reported and extremely worthwhile cause –- producing energy from plants through the use of unsustainable agro power stations.
The cause was strengthened by the presence of key activists, including Norwich Green Party councillor Rupert Read, who was to later give a speech on the dangers of building more biofuel stations. The event was organised by the Campaign against Climate Change, Biofuelwatch, and Food Not Fuel (London).
October 12th is an international day of solidarity with indigenous peoples and for “The Mobilization in Defense of Mother Earth and the Peoples”, which was highly relevant, as many of those affected by destruction caused by agrofuel companies reside in developing countries.
The idea that we can replace fossil fuels with agrofuels is naive. The reality is a destructive continuum implemented by big business such as logging companies who benefit from clearing forests, refinery businesses, and unethical land owners who dupe local elders into handing over their land. They all directly benefit from this government’s decision to divert renewable energy subsidies (or Renewable Obligations Certificates – ROCs) to subsidise power stations that use agrofuels.
The British government could act. It could demand a moratorium on bio-fuels until further impact studies have been investigated and the results analysed.
The crucial point in raising awareness of this issue is that there are very viable alternatives. Solar, thermal and wind power all provide clean technology and can help solve our increasing thirst for energy consumption. Yet the government’s position seems far away from actualising these lesser impacting alternatives. Instead the UK’s last but one factory producing wind turbines has closed and solar energy firms are struggling, vast “renewable energy” funding is going to agrofuels which actually make global warming much worse.
The more people are made aware of these ludicrous and destructive policies, the more we can come together to protect the global environment, protect our local environment and protest against this destructive madness.
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