Category Archives: 5 Environmental leadership

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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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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Consultation: moving inland waterways into a new charity in England and Wales

Have your say!  Defra launched a consultation yesterday seeking views on how, in future, the inland waterways in England & Wales could be run.  They are currently managed on behalf of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  The consultation sets out the rationale for moving these waterways out of the public [...]

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Free support for community owned food businesses from Making Local Food Work

Making Local Food Work are currently offering free specialist support to any existing community-owned, local food businesses.  They are also offering a Skillshare service which gives peer to peer learning via mentoring or study visits.  The Making Local Food Work website provides more detail: Making Local Food Work can help community food enterprises across England [...]

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National Parks Week

This week (from Monday 26 July to Sunday 1 August) is National Parks Week! The wild open spaces of the UK’s National Parks have long inspired artists, musicians and writers and National Parks Week will celebrate some of these cultural heroes with a programme of fun filled events. There are all kinds of adventures to enjoy [...]

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How do you want England’s natural environment to look?

Defra has today launched a discussion document, entitled ‘An invitation to shape the Nature of England’.  The document is inviting your views and encouraging debate about how we can best protect and enhance our natural environment, and the valuable services we derive from it.  The discussion will inform the publication of a Natural Environment White Paper in [...]

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SDC report published: the Future is Local

The Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) has finalised an in-depth study into improving the sustainability of existing neighbourhoods and has published the report “The Future is Local: Empowering communities to improve their neighbourhoods”. The report is the culmination of a year’s work, reviewing over 80 inspirational case studies; working with 50 experts from the fields of [...]

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Consultation: revised waste framework directive

Defra has launched a consultation on how to implement the revised EU Waste Framework Directive in England and Wales, and your views are being sought. The Directive will bring together new and existing measures to promote waste prevention, recycling, and better use of resources while protecting human health and the environment. The consultation includes proposals [...]

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