Category Archives: 2 Sustainable living

New BTCV app will help you to grow your own!

BTCV is today launching a free mobile app to get the world growing. The Get Growing app features a unique one touch calculator which allows users to enter their garden, balcony or plot size to find out exactly how much food they could grow. It also tells potential growers how much money they could save on [...]

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Funding available for civil society organisations – household reward and recognition scheme

Civil society organisations and local authorities are invited to bid for limited funding to introduce or trial new schemes that reward or recognise people or communities for adopting positive behaviours towards managing their waste, such as recycling more or producing less waste.  A support package of £500K is available for such schemes for 2011/12, and there [...]

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Catchment Restoration Fund announced

Environment secretary Caroline Spelman announced a £110 million fund to improve the health of more than 880 lakes, streams and other water bodies, and to increase local involvement in caring for them. £92 million will be provided over the next four years to remove non-native invasive species, clear up pollution and remove redundant dams, weirs, [...]

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Have your say! Action to boost support for civil society and cut council red tape

The Department of Communities and Local Government is consulting on new Best Value guidance, which sets out some reasonable expectations on the way best value authorities (which include local authorities) should work with voluntary and community groups when facing difficult funding decisions. Under the duty of best value, the guidance says that authorities should consider overall value, including [...]

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Announcement of London 2012 Inspiring Sustainable Living projects

Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary visited the View Tube (a social enterprise and community venue) on 28 March and announced the successful recipients of the £800,000 Olympics Inspiring Sustainable Living grant. Using the Olympic Games as inspiration, the Inspiring Sustainable Living grants will help local community groups develop practical and achievable ways for residents to [...]

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Greenprint to 2050

[This is a guest post from Trewin Restorick from Global Action Plan.  Trewin is a member of the Defra Civil Society Advisory Board] Climate Squad, now 1 year old, is embarking on a new adventure that will outline the steps youth want to take for a low carbon 2050 – empowering them to take charge and [...]

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Consultation on new DFID fund for UK civil society organisations

A new fund that will benefit a range of small to large UK based civil society organisations will be launched by DFID this year.  The objective is to support poverty-fighting groups who focus on delivering the Millennium Development Goals – targets to improve the lives of the world’s poorest, adopted in 2001.  As part of [...]

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Have your say: embracing the contribution and needs of rural communities in Big Society

At a time when organisations and individuals are encouraged to have greater involvement in the running of public services as part of the Government’s Big Society initiative, there are concerns that many organisations are experiencing or facing funding cuts including in rural England. The Commission for Rural Communities (CRC) would like to hear your views and [...]

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Wildlife and Countryside Link informs Defra’s spending decisions

The Wildlife and Countryside Link have produced a paper which sets out the Link’s thoughts on how Defra might be able to reduce its budget whilst supporting the key aims outlined in the coalition programme. The paper covers the following topics: Principles for decision making; Front line services which need to be protected; Different ways [...]

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Big Society can help tackle ragwort risk

Tackling Common Ragwort can be a practical example of the Big Society in action says Agriculture Minister Jim Paice.  With the Common Ragwort season in full bloom, Mr Paice is calling on landowners, local groups and nature-lovers to work together to help control the toxic weed.  Mr Paice said: This little flower may look like [...]

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