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Energy Saving Week 25 – 31 October 2010

Our friends at the Energy Savings Trust are promoting Energy Saving Week, 25 – 31 October.  It is worth visiting their website at  www.energysavingtrust.org.uk where you can find information about:

  • easy ways to stop wasting energy and save money
  • an online energy check for your home
  • grants and offers for home improvement
  • insulation and heating
  • solar energy
  • energy saving appliances
  • much, much more

It’s worth a look even if you are already taking steps to make sure your home is energy efficient.

Bicycle Maintenance Workshop

What to do when something goes wrong with your bicycle!?!  Here’s a chance to find out how to deal with some of those problems yourself.

There will be a bicycle maintenance workshop on Friday 11 June at the Forum on Barton Road starting at 6:30 PM and running for approximately 2 hours.  It will consist of a talk, questions and answers and hands-on practice.  We are only asking for a ‘gold coin’ donation to help with the hire of the venue.

There are about 4 places left so if you are interested, send Mary Ann an email at swanson.maryann@gmail.com

See you there!

Inspiring Permaculture Course in Cottenham

Hi there, just back from the Introduction to Permaculture Design weekend at The Cambridge Sustainability Centre at Fen End Organic Farm, Cottenham – http://www.flickr.com/photos/50060221@N07/for pictures and www.cambridgesustainability.co.uk for more info. A really welcoming, fun, and inspiring weekend – in the blossoming apple orchard, in yurts, round the campfire and on the farm.  Camping brought us closer into contact with nature – and a few rainshowers and then beautiful sunshine on sunday.

Graham Burnett from Spiralseed www.spiralseed.co.uk taught the course, we hope to be able to bring him back for a full Permaculture Design course, and a Forest Gardening course at a later date. A great combination of information, observation and practical work gave an inspiring taste of all that Permaculture design www.permaculture.org.uk has to offer. Delicious vegetarian and vegan food was beautifully prepared by the team in the farmhouse kitchen including fresh bread made with organic wheat grown on the farm!

Thanks to all involved and looking forward to further courses to include yurt making, clay ovens and more.

Locally Grown Plants

 Several people have told us about a new enterprise ‘Locally Grown Plants’ which has been set up by David Freeman at the Fruit Farm in Chittering (on the A10 between Ely and Cambridge) and will be open each weekend from now on.   They have a good selection of garden and vegetable plants all sourced from very local nurseries.  The idea is to provide a single outlet for several growers and to easily provide locally grown alternatives to imported garden centre plants.  

Reports are that the plants look good and the prices compare favourably with garden centres for specific things.  He will order anything you want.  Tomato plants will be available before long. 

It is worth supporting as everything is grown VERY locally.

Blossom Walks

What a beautiful day we had on Sunday 18 April for the Blossom Walk.  It truly felt like spring and the flowers on the trees were gorgeous.  Fabiola Blum, Biodiversity Co-ordinator for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and Bridget Halford, Landscape Officer and Tree Wardn Co-ordinator, Huntington District Council, led us on the gentle stroll around 60-acre  Heath Fruit Farm, Bluntisham.   It was interesting and informative and a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

 Don’t worry if you missed the walk on the 18th because there will be another on the 25th so call today to book a place!!  Bluntisham is only about a 30-minute drive from Ely so get a carload of people and have fun!

Fruit and Veg at Local School

On the 5th of March Transition Ely, St. Mary’s Junior School ‘Eco Warriors’, staff and parents planted 8 apricot trees at the school as part of a plan to grow fruit and vegetables with the children at the school. Lezley Blackburn of the Transition Ely Food Group raised funds from the Green Grants scheme to buy the trees and tools for the project. About twenty children came along and really enthusiastically helped plant the trees, along with parents, teachers and ground staff from St Mary’s. It was a delight.

The Food Group is getting going on veg growing, looking forward to fresh, delicious produce. If you know of an unused patch suitable for a bit of community cultivation which needs growers let us know. There is a Community Garden project planned in Littleport – contact Mary Ann on swanson.maryann@gmail.com to get involved. Don’t forget the Introduction to Permaculture Design course 7/8/9th May at Fen End Organic Farm in Cottenham. www.cambridgesustainability.co.uk  for details.