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2019 is:
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.

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.


From Tuesday 30th October
Where did Daisy do it?
It’s 3 weeks until World Toilet Day so the Pump House Environment Centre are supporting the Toilet Twinning initiative and have 3 games of chicken poo bingo to play in the cafe. Why? Well 1 in 3 people don’t have somewhere safe, private or hygienic to go to the toilet and sanitation is a human right. Toilet Twinning funds the work of international relief and development agency Tearfund. Our toilet twinning funds will be used to provide clean water, basic sanitation, and hygiene education as well as twinning the Pump House Environment Centre’s toilets to a toilet or latrine in a developing county.
Each week there is the chance to win a Pump House Eco Cafe voucher for a meal for 2 and other goodies. See the display in the cafe and ask the staff for more details.

November is World Vegan Month

Friday 1st November
World Vegan Day
World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated by vegans around the world. 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.

Saturday 9th 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? Worth a trip even if you are just going for a recce to support your local repair community and be part of the international repair movement.
11am to 2pm. Unity House, Stanley Road, Worcester WR5 1BE

Saturday 16th November
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. Found a great piece of clothing in a charity shop or at our swap but it needs altering to fit? Let us help you to fit into it.
Disabled access and lift available
10am to 1pm
Pump House Environment Centre

Tuesday 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.
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.
A toilet is not just a toilet. It’s a life-saver, dignity-protector and opportunity-maker. We must build toilets for all by 2030. Whoever you are, wherever you are, sanitation is your human right. 

Friday 22nd 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.

Green Friday
Go green for Black Friday instead.

Saturday 23rd November
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 28th November
Worcester Christmas Fayre
WRE has a stall in the Cathedral Cloisters during the Christmas Fayre weekend promoting their work and the Wremade resource packs, clothes and brand.

Friday 29th November
Tree Dressing day in Gheluvelt Park
Tree Dressing weekend celebrates 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

Monday 2nd December and Tuesday 3rd December
Natural and Reclaimed Material Wreath making workshop
Join WRE for a skills sharing workshop at the WRE SCRAPSTORE to make a wreath using natural environmentally foraged foliage and reclaimed materials. Eat mince pies and listen to naff Christmas tunes. This year for the first time the workshop will be held at WRE Scrapstore which gives workshop attendees the opprtunity to do a bit of planet friendly Christmas Shopping.
The workshop includes a demonstration on how to make your very own Christmas Wreath, provision of environmentally friendly foliage and reclaimed materials, complimentary mince pies and drink.
Come; make, be merry, all in the knowledge that your wreath hasn’t cost the earth.
Monday 2nd December 5.30pm-7pm or 7.30pm-9pm
Tuesday 3rd December 7.30pm-9pm
£17 per person

Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December
Tree Dressing weekend
This international festival celebrates hundreds of ancient customs from all over the world that celebrates trees. Originally started by the UK charity Common Ground with an aim to link communities to nature through art and culture. Gheluvelt Park has themed dressings this year, made by over 12 local community groups who are collaborating in making a piece to highlight our connectivity to each other and nature. The dressed trees can be found in the formal part of the park throughout December.

Tiddesley Wood Log and Wood Chip Sales
Buy your logs and wood chips, raising money in aid of wildlife conservation.
10am to 1pm. The Harry Green Reserve.
www.tiddesley.org.uk | www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk

Saturday 14th December
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. Or just support your local repair community and visit for a slice of one of the awesome cakes on offer.
11am to 2pm.
Unity House, Stanley Road, Worcester WR5 1BE

Thursday 26th, Saturday 28th, Monday 30th December and Wednesday 1st January
Big Christmas Swan Feed
Feed the swans for free!
2pm on South Quay, by the fountains. A sack of floating swan and duck pellets will be distributed to the public to feed the swans. All welcome.

Christmas closing
Last day of opening Saturday 21st December
Closed Wednesday 25th December 2019 to Friday 3rd January 2020
Re-opening Saturday 4th January 2019 11am to 3pm

Pump House Environment Centre
Last day of opening Monday 23rd December 10am – 4pm
Closed Tuesday 24th – Thursday 26th December
Re-open Friday 27th December 10am-4pm
Closed Tuesday 31st December to Wednesday 1st January
Re-open 2019 Thursday 2nd January 10am

Looking forward to what 2020 brings:
2020 is the UN International Year of Plant Health and the International Year of Sound

Liberia will become the first nation of the world to completely stop cutting down its trees in return for development aid – Norway will have paid the impoverished country $150 million to stop deforestation by 2020

According to UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres, 2020 is a critical year to limit climate change and avoid irreversible effects.

According to an Indian government report, 21 cities will run out of groundwater by 2020