National Vegetarian Week 2015

National Vegetarian Week 2015, sponsored by ‘Nothing But’, runs from Monday 18 – Sunday 24 May. For news and updates, please keep an eye on their website:

This nice display is in Westcliff Library (649 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, SS0 9PD); opening times as follows:

  • Tuesday: 9.00am – 4.00pm
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday, Sunday and Bank Holidays: Closed

Canvey Island Wildlife Day

We have been invited to the Canvey Island Wildlife Day on Saturday 30 May at RSPB West Canvey Marsh, Canvey Road, Canvey Island SS8 0QD – 11.00am – 4.00pm – along with the South Essex Natural History Society.  See you there!


A Mighty Oak or a commuter bus route!‏ Latest from Stapleton Allotments, Bristol

“When the last tree has been felled and the last crumb of soil has been
paved over will we realise that we need local food and wildlife habitat
more than commuter bus routes?”

Rising Up Press release. Sat 14th March. 9.30 am

A Mighty Oak or a Commuter Bus route!

The “rescue” of protestors from the mighty oaks who have been
protecting these trees for 43 days is sadly in process. We are hoping
that the rough assault tactics witnessed yesterday will not be repeated.
The row of poplars ares still full of tired, cold yet high-spirited
protesters. The operation may take some time with one determined
“squirrel” currently suspended in mid-air between the oaks and the
poplars, dangling in a hammock!

These defiant acts are a sign of strength of conviction and resolve of
the individuals in Rising Up that this destruction is wholly wrong on
every level. The Council’s attempt to justify this for a “green
transport” benefit is totally pathetic. The destruction of the planet
in the name of “progress” has dire consequences – as we see in the state
of our planet today. Truly sustainable development must integrate
environmental, social and economic aspects ensuring one does not
sacrifice one for another.

The MetroBus scheme — with only 3 bus routes with low predicted
passenger figures, mostly existing bus users, could still go ahead
WITHOUT THE BUS ONLY JUNCTION on Stapleton by simply using existing
Junction One, as does the Parkway Park & Ride and other buses. Yet the
Council refuse to contemplate this.

Belinda Faulkes, a Rising Up spokesperson states: With MetroBus, our
democratic systems have failed us and many thousands like us who have
called for a rethink of this junction at every stage. We challenge the
current system of a top-down development strategy at the expense of
local communities and valuable habitats. Whether people are “rescued”
from the trees or not we we still continue Rising up to challenge these
wrong doings in every way we can and we call on all people to join us.

The Rising Up question to Bristol City “Green Capital 2015″ Council
and all of those involved in the mindless act is this:

“When the last tree has been felled and the last crumb of soil has been
paved over will we realise that we need local food and wildlife habitat
more than commuter bus routes?”

SE Essex Potato Day 2015

What a day! Here and now! Thought of the day! Potato Day! Were they all after the “Princess of
Athona”, the Celtic precursor of the later Hispanic introductions? OR is this myth? Like the Duke of
Dengie – a dark watery spud?

We had 40+ varieties to buy by the tuber (nine organic) collected from Julian`s team for East Anglia`s Potato Day on 14 February. Collected by Jane, Vic and Ron with Growing Together`s truck.

Friday 20 February: Prepare the polytunnel – tables, boxes, labels (from Graham O-R) and the potatoes stored in the sales hut with the gazebos from Leigh Town Council, with help from Vic and Mike. Vic later returned with Carole (from the Leigh market) to prepare the orders.

Saturday 21 February: – gazebo put up at the polytunnel entrance to keep the northerly wind
away from Graham at the door collecting monies; Mike, Gill, Carole, Ray (onion sets, garlic, potato
fertiliser), and Vic as early helpers. Growing Together`s café, raffle, tea and cakes in the Cheryl Centre set up and the potatoes in the oven, urns hot.

Then people starting to arrive – 250 for the day – some from London; two women from Kent wanting to do the same for Sevenoaks, so talk of cascading from East Anglia to South Essex to Kent next year?

Singing – Graham Burnett, local writer of Permaculture/vegan growing – entertaining with Clash,
Chumba`s Marley and “Going Organic So Don`t Panic”, then GT`s own Rob, Allen, Dan with Marley,
their own and more.

Really good atmosphere, weather kindly again -buying, chatting, networking, eating, raffling, laughing, singing.

What a good day!

So thanks to all who make such an event happen and people who come and show that it is a needed
event. Many spuds there be!

We shall be selling what’s left at the next Rochford Farmers Market and at Group Night.

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