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CalendarEnvironment-related events coming up …


2019 is:
The Year of Green Action
The UK government has a year-long youth-focused promotional campaign to engage people with environmental issues. Using #iwill hashtag the campaign will aim to increase action and engagement on the environment among 10 to 20 year olds.

The Forestry Commission celebrates it’s centenary

The UK’s National Parks celebrate their 70th birthday
There is 15 natural wonders across the UK. Britains breathing spaces.

SEPTEMBER is the Soil Associations ORGANIC MONTH

Friday 20th – Monday 23rd September
Great British Beach Clean
Linked to the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) coordinated in America. The UK data is shared with the ICC which contributes to worldwide reporting on litter levels and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) analyses the data each year to raise awareness of litter and how people can help reduce levels in the UK.
The information the MCS volunteers have collected over the last 25 years has helped make some of the most significant impacts on beach litter ever – the plastic bag charge, microplastics banned in personal care products, better wet wipe labelling, and massive support for a tax on ‘on the go’ plastic single use items.

#GreatBritishBeachClean #beachcleans

Monday 16th – 22nd September
Travel Wise Week
Part of EU mobility week, discover all your transport options to reduce your own carbon emissions.

Saturday 21st September
Social sew in
The social sew in provides free access to equipment such as over lockers, heavy duty sewing machines and a wealth of knowledge from our social sew and sewers. If you have a sewing project, join us for the support you need to enable you to finish it. Want to try an over locker before you buy? The social sew in is for you. Got behavioral issues with your own sewing machine? Bring it in with you and our expert volunteers will help.
Disabled access and lift available
10am to 1pm
Pump House Environment Centre

Apple Pressing
Hosted by Transition Worcester and the Worcestershire Orchard Workers (WOW). Bring your apples and pears for juicing and your own clean containers.
Pump House Compound 11-2

World Clean Up Day
Millions of volunteers in 150 countries are uniting to clean up the world in a single day. Be part of the biggest civic action in human history, and help launch a cleaner future. Borrow equipment from DWT free of charge for your own community litter pick

British Food Fortnight starts
The British Food Fortnight is the biggest annual, national celebration of British food and drink. It was established in the wake of the Foot and Mouth crisis, in response to the fact that, though there are numerous food initiatives, projects and events taking place across Britain, there was no overall flagship event to bring them to the public’s attention and celebrate the country’s harvest.

Sunday 22nd September
World Car Free Day (WCFD)
Every year on 22 September, people from around the world get together in the streets and their neighbourhood blocks to remind the world that there is an alternative to our car-dominated society.
Worcester event in Lowesmoor 12noon to 3pm.
Play street, bike ride and pimp your bicycle activity.
Please note Lowesmoor will be car free from 10am to 4pm and an alternative route for cars, vans and lorries will be in place.
#acttravelwise #carfreeday

Seed Gathering Season
As autumn starts, The Tree Council aims to inspire everyone, particularly school children and families, to gather seeds, fruits and nuts and grow the trees of the future. The festival starts on the 23rd September, the autumn equinox, considered to be the first day of autumn and continues until the 23rd October, giving everyone plenty of days on which to hold and attend events. For inspiration and hedgerow recipes see;
If you are planning to collect fruit and seeds to eat, here are some tips:
Fruit is the property of the landowner.
Don’t collect anything from trees beside busy roads or on old industrial sites.
Don’t allow unsupervised children to pick – or eat – from trees and make sure
you know exactly what you are picking: some of the most attractive berries are poisonous and easily mistaken for edible ones.
Wherever you gather your wild food, wash it well.
Don’t pick more than you need and do not damage the trees.

Monday 23rd September
Autumn Equinox
On the autumnal equinox, day and night are each about 12 hours long. The Sun crosses the celestial equator going southward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west. From here on in the temperatures begin to drop and the days become shorter.

Friday 27th September
Malvern Autumn Show
WRE will be in attendance at the Malvern Autumn Show promoting their unique brand of creative reuse and offering for sale incredible resources saved from local businesses.

Saturday 28th September
Pump House Winter Hours start
The Pump House opening hours change to 10am to 4pm with last orders at the kitchen for food being 3pm.

Sunday 29th September
National Get Outside Day
Who will you go out with?

Tuesday 1st October
Cake Week starts
Get your cake on. Cake Week’s sole purpose is to make, bake and share a whole cake with family and friends. #nationalcakeweek

International Coffee Day
International Coffee Day is a global celebration of coffee’s journey from the farm to your local shop and cafe— an opportunity to honour the men and women who grow and harvest the coffee we love. Coffee has never been more popular, with an estimated 3 billion cups consumed every day, a number which continues to rise.

World Vegetarian Day
A day of celebration established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978. It brings awareness to the ethical, environmental, health and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle and aims to promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism.

Friday 4th October
World Animal Day
The mission of WAD is to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. Building the celebration of World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilising it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals, were full regard is always paid to their welfare.  It’s celebrated in different ways in every country, irrespective of nationality, religion, faith or political ideology.

Sunday 6th October
National Badger Day
Celebrating all things Badger with the Badger Trust. The Badger Trust exists to promote and enhance the welfare, conservation and protection of badgers, their setts, and their habitats.

Monday 7th October
World Habitat Day
The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.
World Habitat Day was established in 1985 and was first celebrated in 1986.
Each year, World Habitat Day takes on a new theme to promote sustainable development policies that ensure adequate shelter for all.
This World Habitat Day in 2019 will focus on ensuring adequate and affordable housing in the context of the New Urban Agenda, as well as the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals with all levels of government and relevant stakeholders.

CFW’s UK Wool Week
The Campaign for Wool’s annual Wool Week will mark its ninth 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. Finishes 20th October.

Saturday 12th October
Repair Cafe Worcester
A community project 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…Plus the cakes have to be seen to be believed.
11am to 2pm.  Unity House, Stanley Road, Worcester WR5 1BE
Donations for repairs accepted at visitor discretion

Wednesday 16th 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.
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 achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 and to recognise that our actions are our future. #ZeroHunger.

Friday 18th – Sunday 27th October
Mammal Week starts
A national campaign by the Mammal Society and a chance to raise awareness of Britain’s mammals and the conservation issues they face.
#mammalmapper     www.mammal.org.uk

Saturday 19th October
Autumn Beach and River Clean (Worcester)
Surfers Against Sewage estimate that a piece of litter dropped into the River Severn upstream could reach the sea in 44 hours! Take part in this nationwide litter pick and borrow equipment free of charge from DWT. Alternatively meet #PlasticFreeWorcester at 10am outside the Pump House to clean the river bank up to the new Diglis Bridge
Phone 01905 734934 to request a litter equipment loan form.

Monday 21st October
Apple Day
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 26th October
Apple Pressing
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

Wednesday 31st October
World Cities Day
World Cities Day aims to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanisation, enhance cooperation among countries and cities in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanisation, and contribute to sustainable urban development. The general theme of World Cities Day is Better City, Better Life, while each year a different sub-theme is selected, to either promote successes of urbanization, or address specific challenges resulting from urbanization. The 2019 theme is ‘Changing the world: innovations and better life for future generations’.