Hampstead Norreys Greenfest 2020

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We're so excited to be welcoming Scientist, Environmentalist and award-winning communicator Matthew Shribman to our GreenFest virtual stage on Saturday 5th September. In this live talk he'll be considering what a green recovery looks like. Of course, it's a very broad question that takes in every aspect of the way we live. With little more than an hour to explore the subject, Matthew will focus his answer to our question on a topic that is of huge concern to him; the way we use our land. ​Matthew is an engaging speaker and teacher, who builds a brilliant rapport with his audience. This talk will be available to watch after the event, but we would urge you to attend the live showing if you can and get any burning questions that will undoubtedly arise, answered. For those who haven't come across Matthew before, he has appeared on TV, radio and is prevalent on social media (check out Matthew Shribman's Science In The Bath and AimHi). His podcast, A Piece of String, is supported by QI co-founder, John Mitchinson. He also founded Planet A to turn respected scientific knowledge into urgently needed action.

Missed  the Earlier Events - They Are Still Available on U-Tube

In this short talk, Ben will share a wealth of information about bees, the different types and most importantly, what we can do to support their populations. He'll also show us how to make a bee house for solitary bees. So, if you'd like a project for the kids in these final days of the summer holidays, come armed with a plastic bottle, some bamboo canes and some string and build a bee house with Ben.

Hampstead Norreys Community Shop is about to get its very own traditional orchard. Sustainability is high on this little shop's agenda and in this short session, they'll be sharing their exciting plans for this orchard and the benefits it will bring to the local environment, its customers and the community.

Personal stylist Victoria Lochead’s Sustainable Style Studio course takes participants through understanding more about sustainable principles in how we use our clothes. It’s an invitation to explore what you love and don’t love in your wardrobes, how to find treasure in second hand shops, and how find new ways to create outfits from the clothes that don’t get worn so often. To celebrate this year’s GreenFest, Victoria is sharing the first two lessons from this 12 part programme with us for free! In this first lesson we’ll learn how to set our wardrobe up so that we can be mindful about what we wear and what we don’t. In lesson 2, we’ll find out how to start thinking about and identifying a style that we love. You can watch this on Tuesday 1 Sep at 7.30pm here: https://youtu.be/9jcLNz980gU To find out more about Victoria's 12 part programme visit: http://www.frankieandruby.co.uk/online-courses.

Tune in to this live talk to hear from Cllr Carolyne Culver who'll be sharing her vision for a greener Ridgeway ward and answering your questions.

Colline, owner of Colline's Kitchen in Newbury, demonstrates how to cook a couple of simple and tasty vegan recipes: mushroom stroganoff and vegan American-style pancakes. Through Colline's Kitchen, Colline provides food that nurtures your body and mind, but in a way that has as small an environmental impact as possible. Her cafe won the Muddy Stilettos Award for Best New Business in 2019. Definitely worth a visit next time you're in Newbury.

Personal stylist Victoria Lochead’s Sustainable Style Studio course takes participants through understanding more about sustainable principles in how we use our clothes. It’s an invitation to explore what you love and don’t love in your wardrobes, how to find treasure in second hand shops, and how find new ways to create outfits from the clothes that don’t get worn so often. To celebrate this year’s GreenFest, Victoria is sharing the first two lessons from this 12 part programme with us for free! In this second lesson we’ll find out how to start thinking about and identifying a style that we love. The first lesson will cover how to set our wardrobe up so that we can be mindful about what we wear and what we don’t. You'll be able to watch this on 31 Aug at 7.30pm here: https://youtu.be/TyqSrripdto These sessions will be available to watch for 1 week only. Ladies, you won’t want to miss it! To find out more about Victoria's 12 part programme visit: http://www.frankieandruby.co.uk/online-courses.

Have you ever thought about making the switch to beeswax wraps? Or maybe you've already made this switch but not yet had a crack at making your own. Whichever camp you're in, the lovely Claire of local, eco business Little B will walk you through the process of not just making these reuseable cling film replacements, but also how best to use the final product. Join this session to learn: - how to choose and prep the fabric - 2 different methods to make wax wraps - wrapping techniques And, if you're really keen and want to watch and wax, you can buy a kit with all the ingredients from https://www.thislittleb.com/shop/make... or from Hampstead Norreys Community Shop.

This is the story of how you can get involved in a worthwhile community project for West Berkshire that aims to increase tree coverage in the area by planting trees grown by people in the local area.

West Berkshire Spokes played an instrumental role in the project which saw the old railway line that runs between Hermitage and Hampstead Norreys converted to a cycle path and I think we can all agree that it has been a truly welcome addition to our great outdoors over the last few months. In their short, informative talk for GreenFest, WB Spokes will share a brief history of the railway line, how they secured funding and permissions for the Hermitage to Hampstead Norreys section and most excitingly, give us the low down on the next sections of this line they hope can follow suit.

We all know that by refilling existing containers rather than buying products in new packaging every time, helps us significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste our households generate. But do we understand the whole story? In this short session, Tom from Thatcham Refillable explains how Oxfordshire-based SESI, producers of a whole host of ethical cleaning detergents, operate a completely reuseable model throughout their supply chain.

ast year's GreenFest saw the launch of Sammy the ecobrick snake at Hampstead Norreys Primary School. This project, which saw so many in the West Berkshire area take up ecobricking to dispose of unrecyclable plastic in a more constructive (no pun intended!) way, left Lesley, the driving force behind the project, with a surplus of ecobricks. Curious to understand more about what was possible with ecobricks, she used her time in lockdown to take several courses on this niche area of construction and the result was this lovely ecobrick pond, both a peaceful sanctuary and a home for nature. Find out more about how she created this pond at virtually no cost, with materials sourced from her garden and locality.

Silvia Campbell is an expert in creating ecological gardens. If you'd love to create a wildflower meadow in your garden but never known where to start, don't miss Sylvia's talk for GreenFest where she'll be sharing gardening ideas to help you create a welcoming habitat for pollinators such as bees, butterflies, birds & bats. Biodiversity is the key and Sylvia will look at how plants, wildflowers, foliage and native hedges all have a role to play.

West Berks Climate Action Network is a local action group working hard to drive climate action in West Berkshire. From lobbying our MP and West Berkshire Council to developing its own initiatives, this volunteer group is one of the many across the country working hard to help their local area hit climate targets. Last year it launched West Berks Solar Streets to make solar panel installation more affordable to homeowners for instance. Join Founder Miri Lee and committee member Claire Willsher at this GreenFest session to find out more about what West Berks Climate Action Network have been pushing to achieve this year and to ask any questions about environmental initiatives in West Berkshire from a non-political perspective.