What are you doing for Climate Week this week ? Well, at Kingston Envionment Centre we are hosting a Climate Swap. We have all kinds of things to give away: books, CDs, clothes, toys, games, stationery, and furniture. Why not pop along on Saturday evening the 9th March, 7pm to 9pm. We need to downsize prior to exiting from our premises here at Fairfield East. Best of all it is a big give-away. All we need in return is your climate pledge. We will be suggesting ideas for carbon-footprint reducing actions. And with your help we will be getting ready to leave and start afresh elsewhere.
Paint The Town Green
Just one intense week of Paint The Town Green celebrations this year. Here at Kingston Environment Centre we will be devoting ourseves to Kingston Green Radio and broadcasting on 87.7 FM. So please retune your radios for the entire week 4 - 10 March. There are many community events, and schools and local businesses are joining in too. Many details can be found on the Royal Borough's Paint The Town Green Calendar.
We are organising a public consultation to be held on Saturday 9th February 2013. To be held at the Pavilion, Canbury Gardens, Lower Ham road, North Kingston.
We have put in a proposal to the local council for the use of the old gardeners compound in Canbury Gardens (situated between Kings Passage and the private tennis courts).
Our vision is to transform this unused site into a blossoming interactive resource centre for the local community dedicated to outdoor learning.
Some of the proposed activities planned will be
- container vegetable growing
- bee and butterfly friendly plants
- gardening workshops
- wildlife habitats
- herb growing
This project has the exciting potential to retain and enhance the accessibility of Canbury Gardens not only for the benefit of the passing public, residents and local environmental groups but also for the natural wildlife in the area.
Through community consultation Kingston Environment Centre intends to reach out to local residents to find out exactly how this small space can work for everybody.
Chinese New Year
The Kingston Environment Centre hereby invites you to celebrate Chinese New Year at the Centre from 7 pm till late on Saturday 9th February 2013.
We will be providing:
- Chinese Food;
- Drinks and nibbles;
- Fire Works;
- Light Music and
- Good company.
This is one of many events to celebrate diversity in Kingston and share environmental understanding.
RSVP to Jean Vidler by email or phone before Thursday 7th Feb 2013. The event is free, but donations are welcome.
Happy Chinese New Year or
Kong Hai Fat Choi.
Seed Saving, School Gardens and Herpetariums
The workshops that we will offer are
- Thursday 29 November 12 noon - 2pm Seed Saving
- Wednesday 5 December 12 noon - 2pm Creating wildlife habitat including Herpetariums *
The first session to take place here at the Centre and the wildlife habitat session will be at the Parkfields community garden. If you like the sound of any of these training courses and would be interested in further details please be in touch with Cath. Free event for all registed Capital Growth gardens and a suggested donation of £10 otherwise.
*The herpetarium is a home for frogs and toads in case you were wondering.
Another weekend introduction to permaculture course is planned for Spring 2013. Led by the amazingly energetic teacher Liz Darley. The last course was very well attended and immensely enjoyable and productive.
Permaculture Net is here to help with your project be it a garden, new enterprise, or a campaign. Meets on thec third Wednesday of the month.A wealth of information is at KEC for you to mine.
The Old Post Office campaign
Announcing a Public meeting to take place at Kingston Environment Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston KT1 2PT on 31 October 2012 at 7pm. To launch our campaign to return the Post Office to community use. Our hope and expectation is that this campaign will be a popular one. A number of groups have already come forward who want to make use of the premises. This could be a great opportunity for Kingston and be to the great credit of the buildings owners if they negotiate with us about the space.
The Localism Act requires local authorities to maintain a list of assets of community value which have been nominated by the local community. When listed assets come up for sale or change of ownership, the Act then gives community groups the time to develop a bid and raise the money to bid to buy the asset when it comes on the open market. This will help local communities keep much-loved sites in public use and part of local life.
Check out the latest mixcloud on Kingston Green Radio
At the end of May we hosted a weekend introductory permaculture course. Liz and Rose were two wonderful teachers and the course was well-attended. We used an area adjacent to Canbury Gardens as our study area - the groundsmans compound there, which has a potting shed.
It was a great excercise to survey the area, appreciating how on this somewhat disused area wildlife is encroaching. Whilst we enjoyed studying the habitat we were planning how one could make use of this area as a resource without distubing too much the natural balance that has appeared there.
Another permaculture course is planned for September 2012, press the flower on the right for details.
Kingston Green Radio - May the Fourth - 87.9 FM
With a fanfare we can announce Kingston Green Radio is to be on-air again as part of the Paint The Town Green celebrations. This time we have a licence for 22 days - it is gradually creeping up every time. This is a true community radio station. It is run completely by volunteers and uses radio transmitting equipment borrowed from other enthusiasts.
Thanks to get some kind local sponsors the station can go ahead this year. Progamme details are on the Kingston Green Radio website.
Hunt is on for new premises
Since we arrived at the old Nursery School late in 2007 we have known we were on borrowed time and that the land was to be bought by the Quakers. At last that plan is to go ahead and at a recent meeting hosted by Kingston Environment Centre the parties involved each put forward their plans for the future. As a Centre we think we could easily develop alongside a community of other charities and small enterprises. As a long-term prospect we would love to make use of the old Post Office in Eden Street. Empty some ten years or more and a grade 2 listed building part of the doomed Hammerson retail park "KT20".
In the short term we are seeking suitable premises in the borough and have one or two very interesting prospects. In the longer term we will be working with other partners to try to secure the Post Office for community use.
A public meeting is to be held on Tuesday 8 May 2012 to start the campaign. THe meeting is to be held at the Community Rooms, John Lewis, Kingston from 1pm to 4pm. Gather by the 1st Floor lift at 1pm or request directions from a member of staff. For further details contact the Centre..
Paint The Town Green
The month of May brings Kingstons month-long festival. An assortment of events to showcase the Royal borough's talents, knowledge and practices in the art of being greener. There are too many events to list here but the Centre will be participating in lots of ways, including a two-day Introduction to Permaculture, an Open Day, and a stall at the May Merrie. Please join us if you can. The Council's website has a comprehensive calender here.
Kutlets Trading Day
If you are short of cash Kingston's trading scheme could be worth investigating. You can trade goods and services in a friendly community in a special kind of extended barter system. The list of items on offer is always increasing.
The community works with a directory of services but it helps to get to know the people you are trading with so monthly trading nights are held here at the Centre.The next trading night is on Wednesday the 21st December at 7pm and Moon calendars will be available from Simone with advice on planting in tune with the rhythms of nature. So come along if you are interested and you can find out more about KUTLETS on http://www.kutlets.org.uk/
Our annual party will take place on Saturday 17th December from 7pm. We will be transforming the centre into a treat for your eyes. There will be lovely music courtesy of Green Futures Festival Radio DJs They have promised music we will like to dance to. There should be plenty of mince pies and all that kind of thing but you are welcome to bring alng a special Xmas dish! Our free event will also incorporate a funraising, or is it fundraising, raffle towards the new Kingston Environment Centre! More details follow soon on our wonderful seasonal non-plastic, unconsumer Xmas.
Annual General Meeting
The centre established itself as a local community resource in 2008 and has received much voluntary help and supported and run a huge variety of events. Now we have constituted ourselves as a charitable company. We have voted in our first set of trustees, also known as directors and the directors have voted in their chair, vice chair, treasurer , secretary and other posts at the first meeting. We had a great AGM, thanks to everyone who turned up and voted for everything. And thanks to Julie for the soup and sanwiches. Thanks to From the Ground Up food co-op for donating fresh parsnips for the soup. And to Tariq for the pakoras!
If you have not yet become a member and wish to do so there are forms to download here.
African Art Exhibition
This October marks the 24th Anniversary of the Black History Month celebrations in the UK and this year we puton a weeklong African Art Exhibition at the Kingston Environment Centre to celebrate.
People of African and African-Caribbean descent have had a huge impact on cultural, political and economic life in Britain and up and down the country October was used to educate, recognise and celeberate such influences and achievements.
Our Exhibition began with a day of music, food and talks on Sunday 23rd October 2011, and our theme for this year's celebration was focussed on the positive contributions that Africans and Afro-Caribbean’s have made and continue to make in British Society.
Apple Day was celebrated on Saturday 22 October. If you like apples, and if you came along to Kingston Environment Centre on that Saturday you probably had a great time.We celebrated Kingston's local apple harvest and the first year of Abundance Kingston. We showcased the wonderfruit found on our doorstep. People brought along their own apples and bottles and joined in the fun.
Apple Crushing - Apple Pressing _ Apple Juicing- Apple Bobbing - Apple peeling competition - Home -made chutney - Apple identification - Cake competition - Children's activities - Apple and Spoon. A great and juicy day, dozens of bottles of fresh apple juice were produced for people to take home.
Joy of Sound
Skills in Action
The Energy Event
The Energy Event is aimed at householders and small businesses wanting to take their first steps into the realms of clean renewable energy. Find out about microgeneration and how you can save a fortune.
Kingston Market place will be the place for this milestone event.
Talks and discussions to help navigate the complexities of Feed In Tariffs and the like will be held upstairs in the Market place.
And Greenpeace will host a making of a new Artwork to be displayed in a splendid new location.
Plight of the Bumblebee ... and more!
On March 12th from 12 - 4pm as part of Paint The Town Green we will once again be hosting the plight of the bee - all bees , not just bumblebees. More details here.
KUTLETS are holding a Spring Fair here on the same day. Same time 12 - 4.
And Save The World Club are launching an Upcycling event, also at the environment centre on the 12th.You may not know what Upcycling is,
Woodcraft Folk - fun activity session for 6 - 9 year olds
Woodcraft Folk now meet at the Centre regularly for their fun activities for 6 - 9 years old. Woodcraft Folk offer a place where children will grow in confidence, learn about the world and start to understand how to value our planet and each other More details about Woodcraft folk and their special free taster sessions from their website.
KEC and partners in Transition Town Kingston have been invited to help start a food growing project at the Estate. With loads of goodwill and help from the Estate residents and officials this is starting to make inroads... We now regularly meet at the site every Tuesday afternoon to work the small patch of land. So you are welcome to ppop along to help the Cambridge Road Estate Diggers - CRED Gardeners and Growers. ... read more