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                                               Car Boot Sale
                                             Open Eco Homes
                                          Neighbourhood Strolls
                                          C+W LCCN newsletter
                                          Leftwich Impact Event
                                     Renewables Roadshow, Chester
                                         Wattle and Daub course
                                         Zero Carbon Britain Day
                                      FoE Petition for Energy Saving
                                          Black Poplar Sampling
                                               Fracking Hell?
                                          Chester One City Plan
                                       Renewable Energy in Action
                                  Street Champions Framework Launch
                                                Dirty Oil Film
                                         FoAM Picnic in the Park
                                         Community Food Worker
                                                 Help FoAM
                                              Nantwich Show
                                             High Speed Rail
                                          Woodlands Need Help
                                              Invasive Plants
                              Frodsham Marshes Windfarm - Public Inquiry
                                                Camp Frack
                                     Cheshire Life photo competition
                                              Ammonia Leak
                                     Kingsley Allotment Society Win
                              Ashton Hayes has been given an electric car
                                 Home Grown in Holmes Chapel: update
                            School Gardens on show at Arley Garden Festival
                                             Trees for Fridges
                                 Cider makers and now orchard owners
                                        A Wonderful Roundabout
                                Cheshire Community Development Trust
                                     Schools that grow fruit and veg
                                            Allotments Offered
                                          The Ragwort Question
                                                  Lazy Sun
Sun 10 July
Rudheath and Witton Together Conservation Group Car Boot Sale, Northwich Station. Abby,

9+10 July
Open Eco Homes, in Shropshire. Nearly 30 homes, open 10am - 4pm. Get practical advice from the
householders. See Household Energy Service website, or contact Prue Dakin on 01588 630683 or

Neighbourhood Strolls
Weaver Vale Housing Trust is running a series of Neighbourhood strolls, where residents can point out areas
of concern. All start at 10am and last one or two hours. Tues 12 July: meet at entrance to Wharton
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Gardens. Tues 9 Aug: meet at Community House, Finsbury Walk, Greenfields Park, Winsford. Thurs 11
Aug: meet at the Shops, Greenbank Lane, Greenbank. Tues 6 Sept: meet at Moretons Meade, Walnut
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Avenue, Weaverham. Wed 7 Sept: meet in front of Farm Close flats, Farm Road, Weaverham. Tues 13
Sept: meet at entrance to Park, corner of Townshend & Fryer Road, Lostock Gralam.
For further information, contact Kirk Gannon-Hollis at Weaver Vale Housing Trust on 01606 813420 or e-
mail: kirk.gannon-hollis[at]

John Heselwood, of Cheshire Action, newsletter for Cheshire and Warrington Low Carbon
This details: a Network Meeting on 13 July, an online resource website, green heat tariff, funding training, a
low carbon community network survey, see renewable energy in Cumbria (20 July), open eco-homes (9+10
July), renewable energy roadshow (16 July). All the still-current bits are on the VREN website.

Sat 16th July
Leftwich Impact Event - Community Day, Emmanuel Church, Old Hall Road (map) 12 - 3pm. Want to
promote a project? A campaign? A consultation? Coming so far - police, fire brigade, DAN, Connexions,
CWAC Area Working Team, Community Safety. Contact Fiona Dunning, 01606 353526,

Sat 16th July
Renewables Roadshow, Chester. On Town Hall Square, 10am - 3pm. Poster.

Sat 16th July
H+H Wattle and Daub course being run by BTCV at Norley Rural Skills Centre, 9.30am – 5pm. It‟s free to
Cheshire residents. to book contact their Northern Training Administrator on 01772 204651 or at northern-
training[at] Details on VREN website.
Sat 16 July
Zero Carbon Britain Day, Manchester Campaign Against Climate Change will have a display of cartoons
and photos showing the effects of climate change and will be leafletting and petitioning. Join them in
Piccadilly between 1 and 3pm. They‟re also holding a final planning meeting, Tues 12 July, in the Friends
Meeting House, Mount St, Manchester M2 5NS, 7.15pm. Contact Judy Paskell, judy.paskell[at],
07952 343755.

FoE Petition for Energy Saving
Following the defeat of a motion in the Euro parliament for tougher action to cut carbon emissions (lost by 9
votes), Friends of the Earth are petitioning the UK government for local carbon cuts as the Energy Bill
approaches its climax. Sign the petition, add your comments, on the FoE website. (If it doesn‟t look right,
hover over „Donate Now‟!)

Black Poplar Sampling
Cheshire region Biodiversity Partnership is urgently looking for people to help collect samples from black
poplar trees for genetic testing. Chester Zoo has kindly offered to pay for some testing this year.
With over 400 black poplars in Cheshire there is bound to be a tree near you! The samples would need to be
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collected on Monday 18 July or the morning of Tuesday 19 July (advice on how to will be provided) and
you would need to get the samples to Chester Zoo by lunchtime Tuesday 19 July ready for them all to
be posted off together. Anyone able to help with this would be allowed free entry into Chester Zoo for the
rest of the day.
If you can help, please contact Sarah Bird at Chester Zoo – s.bird[at]

Tues 19th July
Fracking Hell? What will Shale Gas mean for the UK? and what should and can we do about it. With
Tyndall's Kevin Anderson, Green Party's Caroline Lucas, Labour MP Michael Meacher, and Phil Mitchell
leading the Blackpool campaign. 6.45pm in the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, (Holborn tube). Map here.
Full blurb on campaigncc website.

Wed 20th July
Chester One City Plan sustainability workshop, morning and evening, details to follow. Also a series of
drop-in sessions:
Friday 15 July 12.00 noon – 5.00 pm Grosvenor Park
Saturday 23 July 10.00 am – 4.00 pm Grosvenor Shopping Centre
Thursday 4 August 8.30 am – 4.00 pm Forum Shopping Centre
Monday 15 August 4.00 pm – 8.00 pm Chester Renaissance, Visitor Centre. (Info from CWAC website)

Wed 20th July
See Renewable Energy in Action in Cumbria, site visit to showcase existing renewable energy
installations. Cumbria University, Newton Rigg Campus, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0AH. Flyer.

Thurs 21st July
Street Champions Framework Launch. Looking to embrace localism in your neighbourhood? Maybe this
will help. 10am - 1pm, Keep Britain Tidy offices in Wigan, free with networking lunch. Limited places,
application closing date 15th July. See Neighbourhoods NW website.
Thurs 21 July
Dirty Oil, documentary film about the struggle between industry, government, local communities and
environmentalists over the development of tar sands in Canada. 7pm Northwich Memorial Hall. To book,
contact Co-op North West and North Midlands Membership Team, 0161 246 3050/2345, email
membership.northwest[at], or visit
If you are unable to attend but would like to join the toxic fuels campaign, visit
Sat 23 July
FoAM Picnic in the Park. A special summer celebration evening in the Park. Bring your own picnic or food
to barbecue (apparatus available). 5pm Marbury Country Park. Joanne Redley 01606 44728
hillcliffe223[at] The Weavils are playing

Community Food Worker, for Down to Earth in Knutsford. Based at St Johns Wood Community Centre,
Longridge. To work with the community to develop initiatives that will encourage people to choose a healthier
lifestyle. Food/nutritional background and experience of working in communities. Knowledge of growing fruit
and vegetables would be an advantage. Temporary contract ending August 31st 2012. See Cheshire East
website. Closes 26th July
Help at Anderton and Marbury: FoAM volunteers help out on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact the
rangers on 01606 77741 for information.

26+27 July
Nantwich Show. Website

High Speed Rail
Campaign for High Speed Rail -
You can also visit Campaign against High Speed Rail - (for the London to Birmingham
stretch): they say:
HS2 Consultation (posted on July 1, 2011)
You have only got four weeks left to respond to the HS2 consultation. It is very important that the
Department for Transport has as many responses to the consultation as possible. So please make time –
this weekend preferably – to write your response.
You can link to our information using the same webpage or clicking on the consultation tag at the bottom of
some posts.… Continue Reading on stophs2 website

Woodlands Need Help
The campaign against HSR includes the Woodland Trust, which is highlighting the potential damage to as
many as 48 ancient woodlands due to the proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) rail line between London and the
Find out how public support can help fight the loss of precious ancient woodland sites. Read more...
To sign the Woodland Trust petition and add comments on the environmental impact of HS2 - Woodland
Trust website
And 38 Degrees is campaigning to ensure plans for woodland selloffs don‟t mature. They invite all to
complete (or part complete) a short questionnaire by the end of July.

Fri 29th July
Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plant Species, practical course led by BTCV and FWAG. Covers
Himalayan Balsam, Japanese Knotweed, Rhododendron, Giant Hogweed and aquatic species. Funded by
Habitats and Hillforts - free to Cheshire residents. Lunch provided - booking required by 25th July. 9.45am to
4pm, Kelsall. Poster.

Wed 14th Sept
Frodsham Marshes Windfarm - Pre-Inquiry. Holiday Inn, Runcorn. (Subject to ministerial approval.)
22 Nov - 23 Dec
Frodsham Marshes Windfarm - Public Inquiry, Holiday Inn, Runcorn. (Subject to ministerial approval.)
MP Graham Evans is against the windfarm (he‟s collecting a petition here, while labour councillors in
Runcorn are, he says, for the wind farm.

17+18 Sept
Camp Frack, protest against shale gas drilling, near Singleton village, Fylde, Blackpool. Details developing.
Cheshire Life photo competition – upload photos at by 7 October.
Camera prizes.

Ammonia Leak
Experts are investigating an ammonia leak from Tata at Winnington. They reported a leak at the Winnington
site to the Environment Agency, on June 4.
It‟s allegedly caused a large number of dead fish to be seen floating down the River Weaver from Winnington
to Saltersford Lock.
See Northwich Guardian report.

Kingsley Allotment Society have £9712 from Big Lottery Fund‟s Awards for All for basics for their new 17
plot site: new fences, rabbit proofing, new drive and small car park. They‟re considering a composting toilet –
info welcome. Contact Simon Sherlock, simon[at]

Ashton Hayes has been given an electric car – a Nissan Leaf – by motor dealers West Way, of

Home Grown in Holmes Chapel: update
There were 40+ turned up at the meeting in Holmes Chapel, and since then the group has worked on some
planters in the town centre and a garden that was part of a wine bar but is now a carpet shop. The planters
were bought in from Fryers, and some soil for the garden was shifted one Sunday - one of the team has a
builder's truck. Everyone else dug, weeded and raked. They've now moved on to a patch by the health
centre. And they've met to discuss where next...

School Gardens on show at Arley Garden Festival
Lots of primary schools exhibited their amazing gardens, displayed in raised beds, at this garden festival on
25th and 26th June 2011. There are photos of them on Flickr here. Unfortunately not all are pictured as I
didn't get there before dismantling.

Trees for Fridges
Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre has planted 1500 saplings on 5 acres of their land. The area, which includes
3 ponds, is currently fenced off, but they expect it to open next year. They were helped by Total Refrigeration
of Hyde, who plant one tree for every fridge they recycle.

Cider makers and now orchard owners – Paul and Gill Sweeney of Wrenbury produce about 2000 bottles
of cider a year. You‟ll find it stocked at some farm shops, delis and restaurants. They‟ve now planted an
orchard of 50 trees, and other locals are establishing their own orchards, using Gill and Paul‟s trees.
From the July 2011 issue of Cheshire Life (available in Northwich Library) or visit

A Wonderful Roundabout
George Pilkington is proud of this bumblebee/wildflower traffic island – see his website

Voluntary Action Vale Royal…
is now Cheshire Community Development Trust. As well as its existing functions, CCDT are looking at
innovative ways of developing and extending their services in Family Support and Adult Learning as well as
marketing their payroll and training services. Newest service is the ability to deliver fully accredited first aid
For further information, telephone 01606 723182 or e-mail: info[at]

Greenpeace would like your help campaigning to press Volkswagen to sell more of its most efficient car
models. See

Schools that grow fruit and veg
More than half of secondary schools do not offer students the chance to grow food. Apart from the lessons
possible – science, nutrition, geography, maths, even enterprise (eg selling produce), environmental
awareness and community spirit (links with the wider community – even donating food to hospices, etc.) –
they also eat healthier. Research shows that more than 96 per cent of children are not eating enough fruit
and vegetables and that children in schools that grow food eat more than one and a half more of their five a
day than other school children. DEFRA‟s launched a task force to identify the barriers stopping the other
schools (primary and secondary) joining in, to report in September 2011. See Garden Organic website. The
School Report, produced in 2010, is inspiring!

Allotments Offered
The Garden Centre Group, which includes Wyevale on the A49 towards Tarporley, Altrincham Garden
Centre and Bridgemere Garden Centre, offer 90m2 allotments to rent. See their website.

The Ragwort Question
Ragwort and the hysteria surrounding it
115875-23233829/ (29/6/11), which refers heavily on the Dutch website,
DEFRA‟s Code of Practice on how to prevent the spread of Ragwort

Lazy Sun
In the New Scientist: The Sun may sit out the next solar cycle, and even go into a prolonged lull lasting
several decades, say solar scientists. Such a “grand minimum” would slightly cool the Earth, but the effect
would be far too small to offset global warming.

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Yours, Anthony Powell
Vale Royal Environment Network

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