What’s on?

Environment-related events coming up …

Saturday 27th November to 5th 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.
https://treecouncil.org.uk/take-action/seasonal-campaigns/national-tree-week/

Sunday 5th December
World Soil Day
Soils are the world’s biggest terrestrial carbon store, containing more carbon than is found in the atmosphere and all the world’s vegetation combined.
This year, by addressing the increasing challenges of soil management, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) campaign “Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity” aims to raise awareness of the importance of sustaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being. By encouraging people around the world to engage in proactively improving soil health, the campaign also aims to fight soil biodiversity loss. If we do not act soon, the fertility of soil will continue to be adversely affected at an alarming rate, threatening global food supplies and food safety.
World Soil Day 2021 (#WorldSoilDay) and its campaign “Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity” aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the growing challenges in soil management, fighting soil salinization, increasing soil awareness and encouraging governments, organizations, communities and individuals around the world to commit to proactively improving soil health.
#nodig #regenerativefarming #worldsoilday
www.soilassociation.org
https://www.soilassociation.org/causes-campaigns/save-our-soil/soil-saving-plants-you-can-grow-at-home/
https://www.fao.org/world-soil-day/en/

 Saturday 11th 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. Please wear a mask if attending and you are not exempt.
11am to 2pm.  Unity House, Stanley Road, Worcester WR5 1BE
www.facebook.com/repaircafeworcester

Thursday 16th December
Rewilding Q&A
Worcestershire Wildlife Trust hosts a panel of local experts, hosted by WWT Director Colin Raven, who will discuss how rewilding can help address the loss of habitat and ecological and climate crisis we face as a planet. They will examine how to rewild ourselves, rewild our communities and rewild on a larger scale.
Questions can be submitted in advance or asked on the night.
Panellists:
Brett Westwood – Worcestershire author, naturalist and broadcaster
Helen Woodman – Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s Head of Conservation
Johnny Birks – Worcestershire author, naturalist and ex-Chairman of the Mammal Society
The talk will last for approximately an hour with plenty of time for Q&As afterwards.
Ticket sales for this event will close 20 minutes before the event begins (6.40pm).
https://www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/events/2021-12-16-rewilding-qa

Thursday 23rd December
Pump House last day of opening before Christmas
10am to 4pm
CLOSED 24th/25th/26th December

Sunday 26th, Tuesday28th December and Saturday 1st January
Big Christmas Swan Feed
Feed the swans for free!
2pm to 2.30pm 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. The Mayor joins in on Sunday 26th.
www.facebook.com/The-Swan-Food-Project-549819075117845/

Monday 27th December
Pump House reopen
10am to 4pm
Pump House eco cafe and shop CLOSED 31st December, 1st and 2nd January

2022:

Gheluvelt Park is 100 years old.

United Nations International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture
As part of the UN decade of family farming; the #IYAFA2022 aims to focus world attention on the role that small-scale fishers, fish farmers and fish workers play in food security and nutrition, poverty eradication and sustainable natural resource use – thereby increasing global understanding and action to support them.
UN International Year of artisanal fisheries and aquaculture #IYAFA2022

International Year of Glass
Why celebrate glass? Well get these facts..
Glass sheets support solar cells and give clean energy; glass fibers reduce our carbon footprint by strengthening wind turbine blades, by insulating our homes and through carbon capture and sequestration (CCS); the vitrification of hazardous waste is making nuclear energy safer
Glass is the main conduit for information in our knowledge-based society. Glass optical fibers have led to a global communications revolution; they are the backbone of the internet. Glassmakers have given us touch-sensitive covers for our mobile phones, revolutionizing the way we communicate.
Want some more awesome facts? Click the link below.
International Year of Glass

January is Veganuary
Veganuary is a charity inspiring people to try vegan for January and throughout the rest of the year.
VEGAN [vee-gan] n person who eats no meat, fish, eggs or dairy products
Going vegan is the easiest and most effective way to help our planet and makes a more positive impact than giving up your car, halving your greenhouse gas emissions.
www.veganuary.com

Now until February
Big Schools Birdwatch
Registration now open. Big Schools’ Birdwatch is an educational activity that gets school classes closer to nature. The birdwatch takes just an hour and works for all ages, languages and abilities. Spotter sheets and learning resources are all on line so go register now!
https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-teachers/schools-birdwatch/

Monday 3rd January
Pump House eco cafe and shop re-open for 2022
10am to 4pm

Thursday 6th January
National Shortbread Day
Observed each year on January 6th.
Shortbread is a classic Scottish dessert traditionally made with:
1 part white sugar : 2 parts butter : 3 parts flour
Prepared often during the 12th century, shortbread is credited to Mary, Queen of Scots in the 16th century.  As it was expensive to make, the sweet cookie was reserved as a luxury for special occasions.
In the Shetland Isles, it is tradition to break a decorated shortbread cake over the head of a new bride upon her entrance of her new home.
#everydayisshortbreadday at the Pump House!
#breakoutthebiscuits

Saturday 15th January
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 in volunteers. 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 textile volunteers will help.
Found a great piece of clothing in a charity shop or at our clothes swap but it needs altering to fit? Let us help you rework it.
If you have to wait to keep us all covid safe then there’s always the eco cafe downstairs for refreshments.
Disabled access and lift available
10am to 1pm
Pump House Environment Centre
www.facebook.com/socialsewin/

Monday 17th to Friday 21st January
Seed Week
Seed savers and gardeners from across the country will celebrate Seed Week, an annual online event highlighting the essential work of organic and agro-ecological seed producers and sellers selecting and growing the finest open pollinated seed across the UK and Ireland.
Plant genetic diversity is vital in a sustainable and secure food system, and an open pollinated plant population is more resilient to pests, diseases and changing climate conditions, as it allows for natural evolution.
There’s a wealth of resources online for reference and advice:
https://www.seedsovereignty.info/resources/seed-production-webinars/
The Seed Sovereignty UK and Ireland programme work for a biodiverse and ecologically sustainable seed system.
#seedweek
https://www.seedsovereignty.info/

Thursday 20th January
New Years Clothes Swap
Pump House Environment Centre
6pm-8pm
#Swapdon’tshop.
Bring clean, wearable and unwanted clothes to swap. We accept men and women’s adult coats and clothes. No out of shape bobbly jumpers or tshirts please. We ask you to sign up and sign in and see the poster below for more information as to why.
Reusing a product, rather than buying a new one, reduces the demands for water, energy and raw materials, reducing your impact on the environment.
Swapping 1 suitcase (20kg) of clothes saves enough energy to run a TV non-stop for 1.7 years and by diverting these organic materials from landfill you can reduce their methane production in landfill, a greenhouse gas with the global warming capacity 20 times stronger than CO2. (Statistics courtesy of Planet Ark)
http://planetark.org/
www.facebook.com/socialsewin/

Friday 28th to Sunday 30th January
RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch
The Big Garden Birdwatch helps build a picture of garden wildlife across the UK.
Armed with this information, the RSPB can identify what is in danger and then how we can help.
Experts from across the UK will be bringing you photos, footage and facts about the birds they see, as well as answering any questions you may have. Plus, there’ll be live quizzes, and familiar faces throughout the weekend – all broadcast on YouTube and Facebook.
Give nature a home in your garden or green space and find out what little things you can do to give wildlife a safe place to feed, breed and thrive.
#BigGardenBirdWatch
www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch

Saturday 29th January
Seed Swap Day
Time to get your swap on. Join in with your neighbours, fellow gardeners and allotmenteers to keep seed sovereignty in the hands of the growers and farmers.

 

DWT NEWS:

The Pump House Environment Centre cafe and eco shop is OPEN 10am to 4pm every day.
When open and to keep us all safe we ask that you to continue wearing a mask, as recommended by the  Government ruling December 2021, when moving around the building, unless you are medically exempt.
Daily specials are listed on the menu blackboards.
Please order at the counter.
Indoor seating is available.
Both front and back gardens are open for seating.
Please check out the facebook page for more information.

Christmas Closing:
24/25/26 December and 31 December 1/2 January inclusive

WRE is CLOSED to the public during building maintenance to the mezzanine floor but are still trading on the online store. WRE’s You Tube channel is full of creative reuse ideas. Subscribe and be the first in the know about up and coming online creative workshops using the amazing resources that WRE rescues from landfill.