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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.

Cantelowes Gardens
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 gardenshare@transitionkentishtown.org.uk.)


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I’m pleased to have been able to sign the National Union of Students Fees Pledge:

“I pledge to vote against any increase in fees in the next parliament and to pressure the government to introduce a fairer alternative”

As a Green candidate, I’m entirely comfortable doing so, since our party policy is simple: to abolish fees.

There are so many things wrong about fees it’s hard to know where to start, but perhaps a good place is the impact on discouraging students from lower income backgrounds from going to university. And if they do go, that debt hangs far more heavily on their shoulders than it does their peers from more affluent backgrounds – often pushing them into levels of paid work harmful to their studies.

Then there’s the impact of student debt on the choices our students and young graduates make. Burdened with heavy debt, many who might be fine teachers, or social workers, or community workers, instead feel pressured into studying courses, and then taking jobs, that will pay off the debt — such as in the City — rather than where their inclinations, and society’s pressing needs, might better direct them.

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