Environment-related events coming up …
• 2017 is the United Nations ‘Year of Sustainable Tourism’.
DWT MONTHLY THEME IS ‘FOOD’
October is also International walk to school month
Saturday 7th October to Sunday 22nd October
CFW’s UK Wool Week
This October, The Campaign for Wool’s annual Wool Week will mark its eighth year with an extended programme of events, exhibitions and interactive consumer moments with an exciting line-up of activities and initiatives designed to educate, inspire and promote the benefits of wool. This year’s capstone event will be ‘Wool Fusion’ a curated look at the endless versatility and natural properties of wool. A programme of workshops, talks and special events will be held throughout the exhibition at Carousel, 35 Baker Street, London – open 10.00am to 6pm daily with free admission.
Sunday 15th October
World Food Day
A day about recognising the worldwide problem of hunger but also about raising awareness and calling for changes to our agriculture and food supply system. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) celebrate World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organisation in 1945. Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. World Food Day is a chance to show our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. It’s also a day for us to celebrate the progress we have already made towards reaching #ZeroHunger.
Saturday 21st October
Apple Day was launched in 1990 by Common Ground, a UK charity that links communities to nature through art and culture. The aspiration was to create a calendar custom, an autumn holiday. From the start, Apple Day was intended to be both a celebration and a demonstration of the varieties we were in danger of losing, not simply in apples, but in the richness and diversity of landscape, ecology and culture too. It has also played a part in raising awareness in the provenance and traceability of food.
Saturday 28th October
Bring apples and pears for juicing and clean containers for the finished juice.
For more information check the Transition Worcester website.
11am to 3pm. Pump House Environment Centre
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October
Tiddesley Wood log sale
FSC log sale from local nature reserve. Logs are sustainably sourced entirely from Trust reserves and sold by the bag or loose by the cubic metre – bring your trailer and they’ll measure it to give you a fair price. Kindling and wood chips for paths or mulch are also usually available.Logs and wood chips are available outside normal sale dates by arrangement – please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Logs £5 per bag or £95 per cubic metre loaded loose into trailers, car boots etc. any amount, big or small. Chips when available £3 per bag – quantity discount.
All profits go directly to local wildlife conservation.
10am to 1pm, Harry Green Reserve, Tiddesley Wood, Pershore.
Wednesday 1st November
World Vegan Day
World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated by vegans around the world. Think Think differently about what you eat. Try the Vegan Society’s seven day vegan challenge and eat to save the world. Going vegan is one of the most significant things that you can do to help combat climate change and reduce further damage to the natural world.
Friday 3rd November
National Sandwich Day
#nationalsandwichday on social media is a celebration of sandwiches and is the best time for inspiration to create a new sandwich filling to try.
Saturday 11th November
Repair Cafe Worcester
A community project, volunteer led, to inspire repair and re-use. No repair too small. Visit for repair advice and support for small electrical and household appliances, bikes, toys, furniture, clothes and ceramics. Have we mentioned the awesome cakes in the cafe? Support your local repair community and be part of the international repair movement.
11am to 2pm. S.T.A.R.S centre Stanley Road, Worcester WR5 1BE
Wednesday 15th November
Swan Food Project work party
Join the Swan Food Project volunteers to help with various practical tasks to help the swans and other wildlife. Tasks include cleaning and weeding the bridge steps and boathouse steps, trimming shrubs to give swans safer and easier access to the river. Swan feeding at 12:30. Tools provided.
9.30am. Meet at the north end of Bromwich Parade, near the main road bridge.
Text 07742 295149 if you plan to come.
Saturday 18th November
Clothes swap and social sew in
Put #secondhandfirst and swap don’t shop. Reusing a product rather than buying a new one reduces the demands for water, energy, and raw materials, reducing your impact on the environment.
Do bring clean, unwanted and wearable clothes to swap. Don’t bring out of shape or bobbly jumpers or dirty and stained clothing.
The social sew in offers access to equipment such as overlockers, sewing machines and irons to enable you to finish a sewing project or use the expertise of our social sew and sew-er volunteers for advice and support if you have a repair or alteration to attempt.
Pump House Environment Centre meeting room. Lift available. Tel: 01905 734934.
Sunday 19th November
World Toilet Day
Raising awareness and vital funds to build more taps and toilets around the world as 1 in 3 people do not have access to a toilet in the world.
The 2017 theme is #wastewater and continues the theme from March’s World Water Day. In the UK we are part of the lucky 39% of the world’s population that has access to a toilet and a safely managed sanitation service.
Monday 20th to 26th November
Second Hand First week
It celebrates the power of second-hand to change the world by keeping the resources we already have in use for longer. It was launched by TRAID in 2014 with the key aim to increase the number of people committing to wearing and sourcing more of their clothes (and other resources) second-hand, rather than new. The week will be packed full of events and actions, both in the UK and across the globe, connecting you to the huge environmental and social benefits of second-hand.
Friday 24th November
Buy Nothing Day
Buy Nothing Day is where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life. The rules are simple, for 24 hours you will detox from buying stuff – anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending! Instead of shopping people around the world will take part in a 24 hour moratorium on consuming, either as a personal experiment or public statement.
Saturday 25th November to 3rd December
National Tree Week
A great chance for communities to do something positive for their local treescape. Each year the Tree Council’s member organisations such as voluntary bodies and local authorities, up to 200 schools and community groups, 8,000 Tree Wardens and many others, support the initiative by setting up fun, worthwhile and accessible events, inspiring upward of a quarter of a million people to get their hands dirty and together plant around a million trees.
Thursday 30th November
Tree Dressing day in Gheluvelt Park
Tree Dressing weekend celebrates the start of National Tree Week and was started by the UK charity Common Ground who’s work links communities to nature through art and culture. It is a chance for the whole community to gather and celebrate the leafy friends we all have in common. It’s also a chance for communities to reflect on the social and cultural history of their local area, and the role trees have played in shaping this story. This year Gheluvelt Park’s dressings will reflect the global problem of single use plastic bottles with art to inspire reuse and to reduce your plastic consumption.