Environment-related events coming up …
The Pump House Environment Centre cafe and eco shop is OPEN for take out only from 11am to 3pm, seven days a week.
Gheluvelt Kiosk is open 7 days a week for take out and ice cream 11am to 3pm.
Please check out the facebook page for more information on opening hours.
All meeting room bookings are currently suspended.
WRE is now open.
Please note there are now new opening days and hours with appointments available for schools and revised opening hours for the public. There are strict hygiene controls and restrictions on the number of shoppers and no children are allowed in the store at present.
WRE now have a You Tube channel inspiring creative reuse. Subscribe and be the first in the know about up and coming online creative workshops using the amazing resources that WRE rescues from landfill.
Do check out the work that has been going on by the staff and community volunteers supporting our NHS: http://www.wre.uk.com/blog/a-salute-to-seamsters
Second Hand September –Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people – it’s unsustainable. Every week 13 million items of clothing ends up in UK landfill. And did you know it would take 13 years for one person to drink the water needed to make one cotton t-shirt and a pair of jeans? Choosing to shop second hand can help. Join #SecondHandSeptember and pledge to shop only second hand for 30 days or more. You’ll give clothes a longer life by keeping them from landfill.
Organic September – a month long celebration of everything organic by the Soil Association and for the first time a collaborative approach to helping us as citizens and consumers to seek solutions that help restore nature, health and a safe climate.
Great British September Clean
11th to 27th September
Be part of this national campaign and pledge to pick.
It’s easy to become a #litterhero. DWT lend out litter picking equipment for free either on a temporary basis or a long term loan if you want to adopt an area close to home or work. Download a form to register your interest and equipment needs and send on to our volunteer coordinator.
Travel Wise Week
16th to 22nd September
#ActTravelwise and join in with this week-long campaign, held at the same time as, and in co-operation with, European Mobility Week (EMW), ending with World Car Free Day on 22nd September.
The 2020 theme is ‘Zero-Emission Mobility for All’. The theme reflects the ambitious targets to become carbon-neutral by 2050. It also aims to highlight the importance of accessibility to zero-emission transport and promote an inclusive framework involving everyone. Despite the different climatic, geographical and socio-economic conditions across the UK’s local authority areas, measures can be taken to promote carbon-neutral and inclusive mobility.
World Clean Up Day
World Cleanup Day harnesses the power of people around the world to achieve incredible things by joining together. Its beauty lies in cooperation and collaboration: building bridges between disparate communities, and including all levels of society – from citizens to business, to government.
If you want to get involved for the day borrow litter picking equipment for free from the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust.
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. 22nd September, the autumn equinox, is 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.
Thursday 1st October
International Coffee Day
Covid-19 has impacted every aspect of life as we know it and the Coffee industry is no different.
From farmers to baristas, roasters, wholesalers, coffee shops and beyond Covid-19 has compounded the existing price challenges faced by coffee farmers and the impacts of climate change on the wider industry.
Coffee means so many things to so many people, it is energy, celebration, livelihood, friendship, joy and so much more. This year International Coffee Day will be celebrating the entire coffee ecosystem and the connections that coffee allows us to make around the world.
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. #gomeatfree
Sunday 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. #worldanimalday
Monday 5th 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.
CFW’s UK Wool Week
The Campaign for Wool celebrates it’s annual Wool Week with a programme of interactive consumer moments and initiatives designed to educate, inspire and promote the benefits of wool. At the end of its useful life, wool can be returned to the soil, or the marine environment where it decomposes, releasing valuable nitrogen-based nutrients into the ground/ocean.
Tuesday 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.
Thursday 8th October
Clean Air Day
Clean Air Day is the UK’s largest air pollution campaign, engaging thousands of people at hundreds of events, and reaching millions more through the media. The campaign normally takes place on the third Thursday in June. However, due to COVID-19, this year Clean Air Day is taking place on 8 October 2020 and will be rolled out slightly differently. To keep you, your family, friends and colleagues safe, the campaign has been updated to be more virtual!
Find out more about the date change and why social distancing is no barrier to taking action on Clean Air Day here.
Friday 16th October
World Food Day
Food is the essence of life and the bedrock of our cultures and communities. Preserving access to safe and nutritious food is and will continue to be an essential part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for poor and vulnerable communities, who are hit hardest by the pandemic and resulting economic shocks.
It is more important than ever to recognise the need to support our food heroes – farmers and workers throughout the food system – who are making sure that food makes its way from farm to fork even amid disruptions as unprecedented as the current COVID-19 crisis. World Food Day is a chance to show our support for our #foodheroes
Saturday 17th October
International Repair day
International Repair Day was established in 2017 to promote the value and importance of repairing, including at community events like Repair Cafés or Restart Parties. The event occurs annually on the third Saturday in October. Repair Cafe Worcester are offering a remote click and collect service. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Wednesday 21st October
Apple Day was launched in 1990 by Common Ground, a UK charity that links communities to nature through art and culture. 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.
Friday 23rd – Sunday 1st November
A national campaign by the Mammal Society and a chance to raise awareness of Britain’s mammals and the conservation issues they face. #mammalmapper
Saturday 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.
2020 is the:
United Nations International Year of Plant Health
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.
International Year of Sound
The International Year of Sound is a global initiative to highlight the importance of sound in all aspects of life on earth and will lead towards an understanding of sound-related issues at the national and international level.
IYS2020 will aim to stimulate the understanding, throughout the world, of the important role that sound plays in all aspects of our society. Also encouraging an understanding of the need for the control of noise in nature, in the built environment, and in the workplace.