Treasurer Wanted!

Our current Treasurer will be vacating his position in July 2012 and SEEOG will desperately need a replacement. The position involves a simple book based income and expense account. It is vital to SEEOG that a replacement is found for this important and rewarding position. A smooth handover can be assured. Please get in touch with SEEOG via our website. … [Read more…]

Manchester Drive Allotment Project

For those of you who are not yet aware, back in September I proposed our community allotment, the DigIn, as one of the charities at my local (Leigh-on-Sea) Waitrose, which has their Community Matters green tokens scheme. I received a call last week to say we had been chosen to be one of the 3 charities in January. This means that we will get a percentage of £1,000. It will depend on how many tokens our charity gets so, if you have friends or family who live in Leigh, please ask them to shop at Waitrose as frequently as possible in January and put a token in for the Manchester Drive Allotment Project each time they visit Waitrose. Pauline (Spong) … [Read more…]

Waste Busters

Join the Waste Busters team and be a waste reduction hero in your community in 2012!   We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers from the Essex community to act as advocates for waste reduction by advising other residents about food waste and home composting.   Why? -Over 30% of the average household bin consists of food & garden waste -Wasted food alone costs each household an estimated £9.00 a month -To make your community and local environment stronger, happier and healthier   How? -Promoting home composting and the Love Food Hate Waste campaign at local events -Talking to community groups covering topics such as meal planning and portion sizes -Hosting drop-ins or workshops including cooking with leftovers or compost troubleshooting -Writing press releases and articles -Or anything else that suits your skills or helps you follow your passions!   County Councillor Kevin Bentley, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Waste and Recycling said: “By volunteering at one off special recruitment events, a Waste Buster can truly make a lasting impact to not only their community, but Essex as whole. Help make the county a greener place to live, meet new people and make a difference – sign up, join the team and start busting waste!”   You need: -Enthusiasm to improve your local community and environment -A contribution of 30 hours   We will provide: -Full training, resources and travel expenses -Skills and experience in food waste reduction and home composting -A chance to meet like minded people -Opportunities to engage your local community or support to develop your own ideas -A free annual subscription with Garden Organic   To hear more about the scheme and from some of our volunteers check out our video at or visit our website   To find out more or book your place, please contact Waste Busters Volunteer Coordinator Louise Phillips at or on 07717 867166.   … [Read more…]

*Gathering More Momentum* *Sunday 13th November 10am-5pm* *Hawkwood Nursery, Walthamstow, London*

A chance to ogle another amazing growing project (Organic Lea in London) while making tasty tangible plans to counter the return of genetically modified crops. Discussions will include: – British GM trial sites – potatoes and the new wheat. – Takeaway the GM Oil – getting your local chippie GM free. – GM-free zone mapping – creating an up-to-date graphic database to register growing sites as GM free zones. – Affinity group training to help build a network of autonomous groups. If you have any proposals for additional campaign ideas we’d really welcome them before the 10th November. Please send a 100 word outline and your phone number to For logistics and more detailed information about the day please check Please let us know if you are planning to come (so we can make sure there’s enough food to go round) and if you need somewhere to sleep (basic crash space or a bed). For directions see: The Genetic Engineering Network