Scotland’s BIG Nature Festival 2015

Scotland’s BIG nature festival is back 23-24 May, Levenhall Links, Musselburgh! There’s loads to keep wildlife lovers and families entertained all weekend. This  award-winning festival has gone from strength to strength – boasting a packed programme covering everything from specialist wildlife talks, walks and demos,  loads of children’s activities like storytelling, puppet shows, bug bioblitz, pond dipping, willow weaving and loads more ways to give your intrepid wildlife explorers a really wild day out!   

This year RSPB has teamed up with East Lothian Council and have a fantastic new venue, renown for its open spaces and wildlife, overlooking the Firth of Forth and part of the John Muir Way. Over 100 exhibitors offer something for everybody, from the latest wildlife technology, fantastic science, art, books, and much more.   

Visitors can enjoy great locally sourced artisan food and drink, and a farmers market in association with Scotland Year of Food and Drink, and live entertainment. For more information or to buy tickets please visit www.bignaturefestival.org.uk  (adults £12 Children £2 under 5’s free).

For more information about the festival click here…….RSPB Families leaflet_HR

Fertile Ground Conference

FERTILE GROUND CONFERENCE
environmental arts towards change

25 & 26 October 2014, Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar, East Lothian

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North Light Arts will deliver the ‘Fertile Ground Conference’ on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October in Dunbar, East Lothian, with the aim of creating a space to nurture a conversation exploring creative ways to engage communities in the potential for change through public art with an environmental agenda.

Speakers include: Chris Fremantle of Eco Arts Scotland; Matthew Dalziel of Dalziel + Scullion; Judy Spark of Grays School of Art; Natalie Walton, Head of Education, Hepworth Wakefield and Matt Baker of The Environmental Art Festival Scotland. There will also be artists presentations from Robbie Coleman, Jo Hodges, Emma Herman-Smith, Hannah Imlach, Karen Gabbitas, Akshaya Narsimhan and Diandra Saginatari.

Creative Scotland, East Lothian Council and Scottish Natural Heritage have provided funding to enable North Light Arts to deliver this conference which aims to cultivate a fertile ground in which to discover the unique potential of our locality through engaging artists, environmental visionaries, science specialists and local organisations, developing an active process of dialogue, debate and cross pollination.

To book follow this link http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/north-light-arts-7266976227
Free creche and children’s workshop for delegates to the Saturday morning talks: please book early. Discount for EH42 postcode

For further information email: infonorthlightarts@gmail.com
Please book early.

 

 

 

School Orchard Information

 

Helping Children Grow

 

Fruitful Schools makes it brilliantly easy and fun for pupils, teachers, parents and friends to plant fruit trees and get growing. We provide fruit trees, planting information, inspiration and support which makes this great idea come alive. Our aim is that all our children should  get the chance to enjoy picking and eating fruit from the tree. Growing fruit is a real pleasure and its also a life skill. Children need to know where their food comes from. It comes from fruit trees in abundance!

School orchards work really well in nurseries, primary schools and also in secondary and special needs schools – planting fruit trees is not expensive and the fits well with the school year.

 The fruit trees are planted from November to April when the trees are dormant. Our planting instructions give you all the information needed to help you plant and grow successfully.

School orchards are growing in popularity – for the good reason that they are a great idea and fit well with the school year. There is an article on this, in the TESS magazine.

Please use the link for more information about School Orchards  Www.FruitfulSchools.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Solar Panels for Schools

British Gas has announced that up to 200 free solar panel systems are available to schools.  The Solar Panels will not only generate electricity for the winning schools, but will also help cut their carbon footprint.  The Schools can use the solar panels to generate their own free electricity,  the Solar Panels will help schools meet their carbon reduction targets, reducing emissions by up to 1,400 tonnes per year (equivalent to taking almost 400 cars off the road); and cutting down on energy costs bring sustainability to life and is a valuable lesson for pupils, teachers and parents on how greener energy can help the environment.

To enter, schoolsneed to register by sending an email to mysolarschool@britishgas.co.uk, detailing the school?s Name, Address, Telephone Number and the name of the main school contact; or they can call on 0800 980 9038. British Gas will then get back in touch to let the school know how to apply.

Deadline: 4th March 2013 http://www.generationgreen.co.uk/freesolar

Climate Week

 

Climate Week

Britain’s Biggest Climate Change Campaign

4 to 10 March 2013

 

Do you have an event or activity planned for Climate Week 2013? Register now at www.climateweek.com. By registering your event, you can help build a social movement for change, encourage others in your area to run their own event, and profile the fantastic work that you are doing. All registered events appear on our online map, so this is your chance to shine 

Backed by the Prime Minister, Paul McCartney, the NAHT and the Met office to name a few, Climate Week is a supercharged national campaign to inspire a new wave of action on climate change. It culminates in thousands of events and activities, planned by organisations from every sector of society. During the last Climate Week, over 3,000 events were attended by half a million people across the UK for the second successive year. 

 No event planned yet? You can register now for the Climate Week Challenge, Britain’s biggest environmental competition. The Challenge is open to all ages, can be done on any day during Climate Week and it is completely free to take part. Over 130,000 people participated in 2012 in a challenge to come up with an idea to green a local space and make it more environmentally friendly. The entries were judged by a celebrity panel and the winners went on to take part in workshops organized by industry and business leaders.

 

Whatever you do, don’t forget to tell us about it! You can help to build a movement for change by sharing your Climate Week activities at www.climateweek.com/run-an-event/register-an-event/ 

To find out more about Climate Week go to www.climateweek.com, email info@climateweek.com or telephone on 020 3397 2601.

CRAW News – Dr Bike

In case you haven’t seen the posters the Council has arranged for staff to get free bike services at local bike shops (please see attachment for details) in connection with Climate Week.

IEarth Hour, which is an international awareness raising event to signify a stand against climate change takes place on the 26th of March when millions of individuals and organisations across 128 countries are expected to take part, by switching off their lights between 20:30 and 21:30. Last year East Lothian topped the national participation league table and we hope to achieve the same success in 2011! The Council has signed up and will be switching off as much of its estate as possible – to register as an individual please visit www.earthhour.org.
Dr Bike Promotion 2011

National Spring Clean 2011 – School Participation

Keep Scotland Beautiful is calling on willing volunteers across Scotland to take part in the National Spring Clean 2011 from Monday 14th March to Monday 16th May.

Keep Scotland Beautiful welcome your support to encourage all schools and nurseries in your local authority area to organise a local clean-up to support National Spring Clean 2011.

Schools can register for a free Clean-up kit and find out about what is happening in thier area by visiting http://www.keepscotlandtidy.org/springclean