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Growing Communities is recruiting 2 paid interns

Growing Communities is taking on two paid interns for three months from 15 February to work alongside our head grower in our Hackney market gardens. This is aimed at young people aged 18-24 who are not currently enrolled in a higher education degree and live in or near Hackney. We would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic young people (aged 18-24) as we recognise that racial and cultural diversity is chronically lacking in the horticultural and…

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Added by Richenda Wilson on January 13, 2021 at 18:36 — No Comments

Walks connecting Hackney's Parks and Green Spaces

With the increase in use of green spaces for exercise we are republishing these walks.  It will be interesting to try them again to see how things have changed in the last 10 years.  Enjoy!…


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Added by Sustainable Hackney on January 1, 2021 at 17:00 — No Comments

Sustainable Hackney has joined the COP 26 coalition

Despite the twenty-five COP (Council of Parties) meetings organized since 1995 by the UNFCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) which is tasked with strengthening the global response to climate change; there is little or no sign they’ve had any impact at all on the soaring levels of green-house gasses.  

2020, despite a significant ramping up of renewables, is likely to be another year in which all the wrong sorts of records have been broken.  It’ll…

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Added by Richard Payne on December 23, 2020 at 15:17 — No Comments

Early Warning Signs Bulletin – The final bulletin

Added by Alice White on December 18, 2020 at 12:35 — No Comments

Stop the Silvertown Tunnel

The Silvertown Tunnel must be stopped! In 2018 London’s mayor pledged that by 2030 the capital would have air pollution concentrations within the WHO (World Health Organization) guidelines for fine particulate matter. The Silvertown Tunnel will scupper this policy aspiration. Currently at £2 billion, twice the original budget; it involves the construction of a four-lane carriageway under the Thames beside the existing Blackwall Tunnel. No road building project has ever reduced traffic and…

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Added by Richard Payne on December 9, 2020 at 21:00 — No Comments

The Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) initiative

About 50 years ago, Dutch local authorities and city planners were beginning to realise that many city streets were unsuitable for unbridled expansion of the motor car and - assisted by public pressure - the principle of ‘woonerf’ (literally ‘living yard’) was born: shared space between pedestrians, cyclists and cars, but with pedestrians having priority. By 2000, there were 6000 of these schemes in The Netherlands. Because of the proliferation of street signs and other street furniture,…

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Added by jan kuiper on December 8, 2020 at 14:30 — No Comments

Hackney Parks and "Housing" Green Space Strategy

Did you know that the new Hackney Parks and Green Spaces Strategy will affect green spaces on estates?  From next year the Hackney Parks Department will take on the management of 237 green spaces on Hackney's estates in addition to the 58 parks and green spaces they already manage.  That's why it is vital that estate residents have an input to the strategy…

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Added by Sustainable Hackney on December 7, 2020 at 10:45 — No Comments

Building Back Better – what do you want?

At this year’s Sustainable Hackney AGM, we asked people to talk about what they wanted to help build Hackney back better.  Now we are asking everyone who wasn’t there.

Hackney Council are holding a meeting early in March on building back better in Hackney post-Covid, and this is a chance to feed into it: if you tell us,…

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Added by Sustainable Hackney on December 7, 2020 at 10:00 — No Comments

Hackney Food Hub Christmas Appeal

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Added by Sustainable Hackney on December 7, 2020 at 9:43 — No Comments

Hackney Stand up to Racism fundraiser - Care for Calais is helping refugees. Let’s help care for Calais

Hackney Stand up to Racism’s Christmas fundraiser is again dedicated to supporting Care for Calais. Again Sustainable Hackney is glad to support this initiative, but not on the other hand glad our support is…

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Added by Richard Payne on December 5, 2020 at 22:00 — No Comments

The need for Education for Sustainability, greater student ownership of the curriculum and for OFSTED to get out of the way.

Education for Sustainability is a priority work-stream of Sustainable Hackney and our ambition is to see the borough become a beacon for EfS. So when the Head of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, this week dismissed out of hand the opportunity to make schools’  curricula responsive to the existential threat of climate change and the ecological crisis; it was…

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Added by Richard Payne on December 5, 2020 at 18:30 — No Comments

Early Warning Signs Bulletin

The penultimate Bulletin is out now, available in print at Hoxton Trust. Happy Reading!…

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Added by Alice White on December 2, 2020 at 17:38 — No Comments

Hackney SUTR protest at the Museum of the Home

As Black Lives Matter protests exploded around the world, statues of racists were toppled after mass protests. The trustees of Hackney’s Museum of the Home held a public consultation on whether the statue above its door, of slave trader Robert Geffrye, should come down. Hackney people voted overwhelmingly for its…

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Added by Sustainable Hackney on November 27, 2020 at 15:38 — No Comments

Have an input to Hackney's Parks & Green Spaces and Green Infrastucture Strategies

Photo Kate Poland

Hackney Council has launched a consultation on it's draft Parks and Green Spaces Strategy.   You can read the …

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Added by Sustainable Hackney on November 21, 2020 at 16:30 — No Comments

Tree Musketeers stunning Trees Calendar for 2021 now on sale

A beautiful calendar which makes a lovely gift.  

Available from 

Palm 2 Supermarket 152-156 Lower Clapton Road (by Clapton Pond) E5 0QJ

The Broadway Bookshop 6 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ 

Church Street Post Office 170 Church Street, Stoke Newington, N16 0JL

Abney Park Cemetery Trust - Visitor…

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Added by Sustainable Hackney on October 31, 2020 at 18:00 — No Comments

Consultation on Main Modifications to the Proposed Submission North London Waste Plan

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Added by Michael Calderbank on October 31, 2020 at 16:02 — No Comments

Have your say on Hackney's Draft Child-Friendly Places Design Guidance

Hackney residents are encouraged to have their say on plans for a child-friendly borough

Hackney Council say: 'We want to ensure the built environment is designed, planned, and maintained to provide young people with equal opportunities to access and connect with nature, play, and move around independently in safe and healthy neighbourhoods.…

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Added by Michael Calderbank on October 31, 2020 at 15:11 — No Comments

GLOBAL YOUTH TO SHOW ADULTS HOW TO RUN COP 26?

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Added by Sandra McLeod on October 12, 2020 at 17:30 — No Comments

Nature recovery in Hackney

Hackney has started the process of replacing its Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP).  The BAP was developed by the Hackney Biodiversity Partnership and outlined priorities and set out a programme of action to improve biodiversity across the borough.  Developed and monitored by a group of local people interested in nature conservation the partnership has continued to meet…

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Added by Sustainable Hackney on September 29, 2020 at 15:30 — No Comments

CONGRATULATIONS TO HACKNEY'S ECO SCHOOLS

                                HACKNEY'S TWO SUSTAINABLE ECO-SCHOOLS…
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Added by Sandra McLeod on September 26, 2020 at 21:00 — No Comments

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