There is a consultation period about the England Tree Strategy, with a deadline of 11th September 2020
A new England Tree Strategy will be published later this year and will set out policy priorities to deliver an ambitious tree planting programme. It will cover expanding, protecting and improving our woodlands, and how trees and woodlands can connect people to nature, support the economy, combat climate change and recover biodiversity.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is inviting views on the strategy at https://consult.defra.gov.uk/forestry/england-tree-strategy/consultation/subpage.2020-06-18.8820368597/
The following is a link to an article on combating ocean plastics, published Jan 2020, entitled OCEAN PLASTICS: THE ECOLOGICAL DISASTER OF OUR TIME
It was sent to us by Nate Liebenberg, Editor and Co-founder of https://www.idiveblue.com/ . Besides its focus on scuba diving, adventure travel and gear for watersports, conservation is important to the organisation, and the article is a good examination of the issue.
Some of you may remember our meeting the year before last where we discussed 10 ways to reduce your plastic use, and I’ve added a link to the above article to the other links on this page:
Hull City Council has published its strategy for Hull to be carbon neutral by 2030. The strategy and associated documents can be found here:
Deadline 31st May 2020
The Forestry Commission opened round two of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund on 30 March 2020, which is for community and volunteer groups, town councils and individuals to apply for a share of the £10million pot to increase tree numbers in urban areas through small scale planting projects.
As Round 2 is partly targeted at community and volunteer groups, they are asked to adhere to government guidelines and not meet in person to discuss an application. Application forms are available online and can be discussed by your group virtually. Only emailed applications will be accepted during this time.
The successful applicants of Round 2 will not be expected to plant their trees until the next tree planting season (winter 2020/21), and it is hoped that COVID-19 will not impact on tree planting activity. However, due to the group nature of this activity, there will be a reassessment in the future to ensure government guidelines are being followed.
We have had to postpone this event because of the corona virus situation, but we hope to reorganise it for the autumn.
Make-do and Mend Session, Mon 9 March 2020, 7.30 to 9.30 pm, Friends Meeting House, Bean St, Hull HU3 2PR
Sally from Green Gardens and Fynn from Life and Loom will join Lausanne in offering a session where we will learn how to repair clothes, patch, mend, replace zips etc and make new things out of recycled material, depending on what participants want. Refreshments will be available. FREE entry, all welcome.
Hull Seed Swap 2020
Sat 7 March between 10.30 am and 3.00 pm
Jubilee Central, 62 King Edward Street, Hull, HU1 3SQ
At this event, organised by Hull Food Partnership and supported by Transition & Permaculture Hull, Jubilee Central and Timebank Hull & East Riding, budding and experienced gardening enthusiasts will have the opportunity to bring along surplus seeds to exchange. If you don’t have seeds to bring, don’t worry, there will be plenty available to choose from.
As well as lots of seed swapping there will be three talks by local experts:
Setting up a community allotment by Lausanne Tranter at 11.30 am http://www.constableallotment.org.uk/
Botanical printing and natural dyeing by Sue Walsh at 12.30 pm https://www.leafsong.co.uk/
The story of a woodland orchard by John Robinson at 1.30 pm https://www.facebook.com/TheWoodlandOrchard/
Hull Veg City co-ordinator, John Pickles explains:
“Hull Seed Swap is one event in our year-long campaign to inspire everyone in Hull to grow, cook and eat more vegetables. Hull has a vibrant allotment culture and at this time of the year growers young and old are making plans and looking forward to the growing season. The seed swap is a great opportunity to not only exchange seeds, but also to swap tips and growing ideas as well. Growing your own produce can be very satisfying and the seed swap aims to encourage people to get involved in improving our food culture around growing fruit and vegetables, growing successfully at
home, at allotments or community gardens all round the city.”
There were 200 attendees in 2019 and the organisers hope to match that this year. Absolutely Cultured are providing a team of well-trained volunteers to help the event run smoothly once again and Timebank Hull & East Riding will be serving hot drinks and delicious freshly made soups and snacks.
Stalls this year inlude
Entry to Hull Seed Swap is FREE
Hull Carbon Neutral 2030: Debate
Monday 9 Mar 2020, 6 pm
Guildhall, 77 Lowgate, Hull HU1 2AA
At an interactive event at the Guildhall on Monday March 9th, from 6 to 8 pm, three speakers will give their vision of a carbon neutral future for Hull:
- Martin Budd, Environment and Climate Change Strategic Adviser, Hull City Council: The Plan for the City to become Carbon Neutral;
- Prof Dan Parsons, Director of the Energy and Environment Institute, University of Hull: The University to be Carbon Neutral by 2027;
- Andy Parkinson, Chair of Marketing Humber; Opportunities for Local Industry and Individual in the Transition to Carbon Neutral.
Tickets are free and can be obtained here: