WELCOME TO THE KINGSTON ENVIRONMENT CENTRE

The Kingston Environment Centre (KEC) works with local individuals and environmental organisations to secure a sustainable future for Kingston Upon Thames. We support community gardens, conservation sites, cyclists, recycling groups, transition town movements and anyone who has a plan to make Kingston a better place to live and to hand on to our children.

The Centre is run by volunteers, directors and part-time workers with the support of the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames. We are now a company limited by guarantee, which means it is a not-for-profit organisation with charitable aims and objectives. We are applying for registered Charity status. Our Governing document can be downloaded as a PDF here.

 

PROJECTS

KEC was set up to support local groups who need advice and assistance on sustainability issues.

We have experts who can provide advice on funding and the practicalities of any project you are planning – anything from litter picks to sustainable garden design.

Aside from the community projects we support we have a few projects we run ourselves, these include:

THE ENVIRONMENT CENTRE

We have:

  • Regular gardening sessions (mainly on a Wednesday) in the community garden and the green space in front of the centre
  • A good reference library that you are welcome to browse
  • KUTLETS trading days
  • Film nights 
  • Several other ongoing events

KINGSTON GREEN RADIO

On line 24hr station based at KEC.

Regular programmes throughout the week with an Eco bias.

Talks, discussions, local issues support for environmental causes.

Opportunities for presenters and producers.

Live Music sessions from local artists.

 

 

THE KINGSTON BIODIVERSITY NETWORK (KBN)

KBN was set up to help improve the nature of Kingston. KBN provides an overview of the conservation projects in the borough and ways that people can get involved. Sign up to the newsletter and join in with the multitude of local projects looking for volunteers. We also run several of our own projects including a cemetery conservation group on the third Saturday of each month and regular events at the Moated Manor.

KBN holds quarterly talks and networking events. Meet people involved with conservation in the borough and also hear talks from experts on practical projects that we can undertake in Kingston to improve the environment. Talks range from practical measures for flood prevention to brown roofs and rewilding the city.

HOGSMILL COMMUNITY GARDEN

We have set up a community garden on a site beside the Hogsmill River. Work days take place every Saturday during the summer from 11am – 3pm, on Swan Path.

To see how the site is developing visit our Facebook page. Currently, we would love to hear from artists and designers who would help us with plans and drawings to develop the vision for the community garden.

KINGSTON STITCH AND CHAT

Would you like to get together with other knitters and stitchers? Maybe you are you interested in environmental issues such as recycling and reusing? If you are you can join us at the Environment Centre and:

  • Bring along some knitting or sewing you are working on
  • Start a new project
  • Get ideas from other people
  • Recycle and reuse materials
  • Talk about green issues
  • 7pm to 9pm, the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month

CAPITAL GROWTH

We are a Capital Growth local food lead and support community food growing spaces. We have planted an orchard in Surbiton and are developing the Hogsmill community garden in Kingston.

ALEXANDRA ORCHARD

TOOL LIBRARY

We have a collection of useful tools from litter picks to spades available for use by community groups. To arrange to borrow the tools please contact Laura: laura@kingstoneco.org.uk

CELEBRATING DIVERSITY

CARGO TRIKE

We have an electrically powered cargo trike available for hire by community groups for events or if you need to move tools, plants or fruit and veg.