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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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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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Help “grow your own” local services

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is funded by the European Union (EU) and the Government to support a wide range of activitites in rural areas. The Community And Social Enterprise fund is a £7m funding stream within the RDPE to support voluntary and community organisations to become more self-financing and sustainable through the [...]

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Goodbye and good luck Simon!

Many of you will have come to know Simon Berry, leader of Defra’s Third Sector Team, through this blog over the last year and a bit. Well all good things must come to end and, sadly for us, Simon is leaving Defra to pursue an exciting new challenge. Simon joined Defra in October 2008 on [...]

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Cash prizes! Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership Community Challenge

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and the Energy Saving Trust set up the Community Challenge on 21 April, which is offering cash prizes from £500 to £5,000 for community based projects to introduce lower carbon travel, or low carbon alternatives to travel. The judges are looking for community groups to submit original ideas that reduce [...]

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Three inspiring third sector ‘waste projects’

[Guest post by Marc Owen, Policy Adviser, Waste Strategy - Policy and Processes, Defra]   Photos courtesy of Green-Works Officials from the Defra Waste Programme recently visited three inspiring third sector projects in London. Vital Regeneration works in London’s most deprived neighbourhoods, developing sustainable and effective social, environmental and economic programmes. We were shown their [...]

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Funding avaliable for third sector organisations: to inspire sustainable living using the Olympic and Paralympic Games as inspiration.

Defra has today launched a Third Sector Fund to Inspire Sustainable Living using the Olympic and Paralympic Games.   The funding will be available to third sector led projects, that will use the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games to inspire Sustainable Living, specifically in the areas of: Active travel (walking and cycling more); Sustainable consumption – [...]

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How do you want the future to look?

Here is a prime opportunity for those of you who want to tell Defra what it should be doing on the environment and sustainable development, homes, shopping and eating, travel and business – you are invited to join the ‘Greener Society’ debate and share your views on what a greener future might look like. Click here to [...]

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Defra on food waste and anaerobic digestion

Food 2030, the Government’s food strategy, makes tackling food waste one of its six priorities. The goal is to avoid food waste as much as possible at every stage in the supply chain – from production and manufacturing through distribution and retail to waste-conscious consumers. This must be done in ways that do not compromise food [...]

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