Making Change in How We Live, Where We Live, in Light of Climate Change (FOR TWELVE YEARS!)

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Community Garden vegetable patch today


Do come and have a closer look on Sunday 30th June for Emily's outdoor storytelling and music session from 2:30-4:15 (see post below).
There's a good forecast!
You'll also see there is more to enjoy here....come along from 11:00 to 1:00 on the 30th if you would like to join in with the gardening.
All welcome!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Storytelling and music in the Community Garden Sunday 30th June - and more

During the afternoon of Sunday 30th June, lay down your trowels and spades and come to the Tooting Community Garden for a couple of hours of outdoor storytelling, music and cakes with Emily Duizend and friends. (Emily also took part in the Garden Open Day on June 9th).  All welcome, and we'll be collecting for Macmillan Cancer Support.  We'll start at 2:30 and finish by 4:15 - all the details are in the Events Calendar to the right on this blog.

Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, 26th June
In a totally different setting, compared to the Garden, TTT is taking part in a workshop in Camden about Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility on 26th June from 12:30-4:00. 
The event is aimed at people involved with current policy and practice linking jobs, organisations, training and sustainability - and it's free and open to all. For details, please click here.

For us at TTT, this topic relates to our projects with the Furzedown Low Carbon Zone and South Thames College. 
Click here to have a look at our recent student-led video: 'Better Choices for a Better Tomorrow'. 

A special prize for anyone who comes to both days!

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Community Garden Open Day, Sun June 9th

The TTT Community Garden was open to the public as part of the Open Garden Squares weekend last Sunday.  Regular garden volunteer, Jenny Teasdale, reports.

It was a time of excitement and reflection when we opened the garden to celebrate our second birthday, linking up with Open Garden Squares weekend and the Chelsea Fringe.  All the volunteers had been busy bees preparing for the big day and what a big day it turned out to be with nearly 100 visitors, young and old, enjoying the garden with us. People came out of curiosity and community, exploring the range of spaces we have created over the last two years, including the vegetable beds tended by volunteers and local school children, the new herb garden, the secret garden, the willow house and the play area. It was great to see young children taking such delight in throwing themselves into the tall grass, before settling down to hear a story from Emily in the secret garden or printing plants with Chuck under the holm oak.

I know I speak for all our volunteers when I say that we came out of the day with a strong feeling of community and a desire to open up the garden more often for special events. We are already planning another story session, a composting workshop and some harvest days, and will be creating a new wildlife and wild flower space in the coming months.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the garden on any Sunday this summer between 11 and 1 whether you are interested in getting involved or just curious to see this fantastic space.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Furzedown Low Carbon Zone 'AGM' at Furzedown Festival Big Day Out

On Saturday 15th June from 1200 - 400 the FLCZ will be celebrating its second birthday  at the Furzedown Festival's Big Day Out. This is located at Furzedown Recreation Ground, Ramsdale Road, Tooting SW17 9BP. 

Do stop by our stand and take part in our pop-up AGM: which simply means come along and discuss about what we've been doing, what we want to do, and how you can become involved as an individual, a family, and a local enterprise.  We'll have copies of our mini Annual Report available, plus some low-carbon games and energy-saving tips, and we'll let you know about joining in at the Community Garden.

Click here to read or download the 2013 FLCZ Report.  We can chat about our most recent project coordinated with South Thames College: 'Better Choices for a Better Future'. See the video online by clicking here. College students gained practical experience of sustainability in the community - exploring projects at Eardley School and Wink Salon. One student reached the shortlist for The Mayor of London Low Carbon Prize.  

We hope to see you; and if you would like to get in contact with the FLCZ project, please email Graham at GPetersen@UCU.ORG.UK

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Tooting Community Garden Open Day: 10:00 - 5:00 Sunday 9th June

We’re a surprising community vegetable garden within a hidden-away space that we share with exuberant native trees and plants, just off Tooting Common at 5 North Drive, SW16 1RN. Look out for the signs.

It's our second birthday this weekend, and do come and visit our Open Day on Sunday, being held in conjunction with two great London-wide initiatives: Open Garden Squares, and the Chelsea Fringe.   

At the start in 2011
  • Come along and relax in our secret garden-within-a-garden
  • Do some gardening if you like
  • Chat about your ideas for the space
  • Explore what Gatton School children have been doing as part of their outdoor learning programme (more info here)
Bread wheat, autumn 2012

There are two timed events within the day:

12:00-14:00. We’re offering the historic and fascinating art of printing from plants. You’ll like this if you are interested in looking at plants in a new way, experimenting with textures, shapes and patterns, playing with rollers and ink, and making beautiful images to take away. Suitable for all ages, and all materials provided (and there's plenty of leaves here for printing).

15:00. Join Emily Duizend from Story Island for Bring me sunshine! Tales of the Sun from around the world 'I plan to tell a Japanese and a Maori myth about the sun, maybe peppered with some sunny songs on the ukulele and a bit of harmonica'. Outdoor storytelling for all ages.

Spring 2013

All welcome
admission is by voluntary donation, and under-12s are free