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Environment-related events coming up …

DWT NEWS:
The Gheluvelt Kiosk is open at the Splash Pad on the weekends.
Take out drinks, snacks, sandwiches, Bennetts ice cream and doggy ice cream are available during the weekends. Please note that if the weather is unfavourable the kiosk will be closed but a warm welcome awaits you in the Pump House eco cafe.

 

 

 

The Pump House Environment Centre cafe and eco shop is OPEN 10am to 4pm every day.
When open and to keep us all safe whilst covid cases are increasing in the county, please use the track and trace app when sitting in and may we ask you to continue wearing a mask when moving around the building.
Daily specials are listed on the menu blackboards.
Please order at the counter.
Due to a leak both downstairs disabled toilets and baby changing facilities are currently out of order until minor repairs are completed.
The upstairs toilets are open with a lift available.
Both front and back gardens are open for seating. Please check out the facebook page for more information.
All meeting room bookings are still currently suspended.

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.

BBC Hereford and Worcester Proud to Pick Campaign
Are you fed up with litter?  Will you join the volunteer army helping to clean up Herefordshire and Worcestershire? The campaign’s aim is to pick up 8000 bags across Herefordshire and Worcestershire this summer, one bag for every 100 people in H and W.
Just do your litter pick, take a picture and post it on social media with the hashtag #ProudtoPick with the number of how many bags you picked. Contact BBCH&W journalist Nicola Goodwin at nicola.goodwin@bbc.co.uk to tell her about your community litter picking event and please tag @duckworthwtrust and  @bbchw on your social media posts.

Monday 6th September
Zero Waste Week
Zero Waste Week is the annual awareness campaign for reducing landfill.
Helping you save money and preserve resources since 2008. Zero Waste Week is a grassroots campaign raising awareness of the environmental impact of waste and empowering participants to reduce waste. The campaign is conducted almost exclusively online via a website, e-newsletters and social media.
Whilst Zero Waste Week formally runs for one week in September, regular newsletters and fresh blog content is sent out throughout the year. The friendly online community share practical experiences and suggestions about waste avoidance via social media to keep the discussion and learning process going.
www.zerowasteweek.co.uk

Saturday 11th September
Sustainable Fashion Week starts
The focus of SFW will not be on next season’s trends but instead will be on inspiring, empowering and upskilling the community, to equip them for a more sustainable relationship with fashion. SFW wants to generate action, from the ground up. In September 2021 there will be a curated week of creative, community-led activity that celebrates the many ways we can begin new fashion habits that don’t harm people or planet.
https://www.sustainablefashionweek.uk/

Saturday 11th September
Repair Cafe Worcester returns.
Please see the RCW facebook page for up to date information concerning Covid safety protocols during the Repair Cafe.

Thursday 16th – 22nd September
European Mobility Week
Move sustainably, stay healthy.
This year’s EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK theme is “Safe and Healthy with Sustainable Mobility”.
The choice of this year’s theme pays tribute to the hardships felt by Europe – and the world – throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It also reflects on the opportunities for change resulting from this unprecedented health crisis in Europe.
Cities and urban administrations have established creative, resilient responses to the pandemic. This year, EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK celebrates the resilience of cities and their achievements, while seeking to sustain this momentum. Trends that began last year, such as increased active mobility and the use of low- or zero-emission mobility, require further promotion.
www.mobilityweek.eu

Friday 17th – 26th September
Great British Beach Clean
The Great British Beach Clean is a week-long citizen science event, where hundreds of beach cleans take place up and down the UK. Litter data collected drives their conservation work and also feeds into the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC). Join the Marine Conservation Society on a beach for the UK’s biggest beach clean and survey. There are events all around the country for you to help at. Simply find an event using the website and register to volunteer.
www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/greatbritishbeachclean

Saturday 18th September
World Clean Up Day
World Cleanup Day is one of the biggest civic movements of our time, uniting 180 countries across the world against litter,  for a cleaner planet.
https://www.worldcleanupday.org/

18th to 26th September
The Great Big Green Week
The Great Big Green Week will be the largest event for climate and nature ever seen in the UK.
Thousands of events will celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved too.
www.greatbiggreenweek.com

Saturday 18th September
British Food Fortnight starts
In it’s 20th year 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.
https://www.lovebritishfood.co.uk/british-food-fortnight-2021

Sunday 19th September
Circus Gardener cook out
Steve Dent aka the Circus Gardener, award winning food blogger, will be hosting a tour of the community garden at the Old North Stables during which you will be able to harvest your own vegetables and then prepare them for a delicious keralan curry using one of Steve’s fab recipes.
Just bring your own plate, cup and cutlery
Free event open to all.
www.actionnetwork.org/events/community-garden-tour-and-vegetarian-cook-out

Monday 20th September
Recycle Week
Recycle Week is Recycle Now’s flagship annual event which is a celebration of recycling across the nation. Now in its 18th year, it’s the one week of the year where retailers, brands, waste management companies, trade associations, governments and the media come together to achieve one goal: to galvanise the public into recycling more of the right things, more often.
We know environmental concerns are still on the increase, so we need to do more. We need to do it now. And we need to act together. It’s time to join the fight against climate change. Step It Up this Recycle Week.
#StepItUp
https://wrap.org.uk/taking-action/citizen-behaviour-change/recycle-now/recycle-week
#GoHardonSoftPlastics
https://www.coop.co.uk/environment/soft-plastics

Tuesday 21st September
Big Green Clothes Swap
6pm to 8pm
Perdiswell Young Peoples Club WR3 7SN
It’s the Big Green week- a week of climate action from communities across the UK. It was the very first UK Sustainable Fashion Week last week and is Recycle week, so join the DWT, the Social Sew In community group and the Worcestershire County Council Waste Prevention Team and #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.
You will be asked to register on arrival and sign an agreement and disclaimer. DWT, our volunteers and Lets Waste Less cannot be responsible for the provenance of any of the clothing brought into swap, which is why we ask you only bring clean, unwanted clothes. We log how many items you bring in on your registration form so if you do not find any clothes you like you have credits to use for the next event.
We also weigh the amount of textiles brought in to assertain the total weight of textiles diverted from landfill and reused.
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/

Wednesday 22nd September
World Car Free Day (WCD)
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.
www.worldcarfree.net/wcfd

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.

Thursday 23rd September – 23rd October
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.

https://treecouncil.org.uk/take-action/seasonal-campaigns/seed-gathering-season/

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th September
Malvern Autumn Show
A festival of gardening, food and drink, artisan produce and nostalgia.
The DWT scrap store WRE will be providing some creative reuse magic over the weekend.

Monday 27th september
Sustrans Bike To School week
Bike to School Week is a week-long event across the UK to encourage families to cycle and scoot to school. It’s a great way to celebrate the huge benefits an active school run brings. Find out how your school can get involved.
https://www.sustrans.org.uk/our-blog/projects/uk-wide/schools/bike-to-school-week

Tuesday 5th October
Tackling Food Waste in Worcester
3 Ways to tackle food waste in Worcester – at the farm, supermarket and home. How the surplus is used for good and where. A short talk by Action Network and Green Party Worcester volunteer leaders who make this happen and how you can help them and what you can do at home.
The venue is the eco-centre at The Pump House Environment Centre, Gheluvelt Park followed by tea, cakes and drinks to purchase and an opportunity to chat with like-minded people and green party supporters.
https://actionnetwork.org/events/fighting-food-waste-in-worcester

2021 is the United Nations International Year of Fruit and Vegetables
Raising awareness of the nutritional and health benefits of fruit and vegetable consumption. Advocating  healthy diets through increased consumption of fruits and vegetables; promoting sustainable food systems that foster diversified, balanced and healthy diets; recognising the value of indigenous crops to food security, nutrition, livelihoods and incomes of family farmers, especially small-scale family farmers.

International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development
A year for sustainable innovation and recognising the need to promote sustained and inclusive economic growth, foster innovation and provide opportunities, benefits and empowerment for all and respect for all human rights.