April 2012 Blog Posts (9)

Who's the greenest mayoral candidate?

Just seven says to go before we vote on our next mayor!

FOE and Greenpeace have done a great bit of analysis, looking at the the four main candidates’ records and commitments on the environment. They've ranked the candidates on air pollution, aviation, energy and energy efficiency, green spaces, climate change and transport.…


Added by Kate Hand on April 26, 2012 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

To Bee or not To Bee? Do it natur-ally


(Pic: R Miller)

Following on from Katherine Pitt's bee…


Added by Stephanie Irvine on April 25, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

Delight as London Lane tower is refused

"No Hackney High Rise" the campaign group opposing the development of a 10 storey tower block at 22-44 London Lane, is delighted that the application was refused by Hackney Council at the planning meeting on 18th April.  In an email to supporters they say:

"We are delighted that the council has listened to local residents. We have worked on our objection to this development for the last three years and our campaign…


Added by James Diamond on April 23, 2012 at 16:30 — 9 Comments

April showers and Good Gym

This afternoon, when the arb contractor dumped a mountain of wood chip in the car park in front of our community garden, the sky was leaden and it was pouring with rain. Everyone else on my estate was dry indoors, and I felt pretty miserable as I started shoveling the chippings into a barrow on my own...but within ten minutes the rain had stopped, the sun was out, and…


Added by Stephanie Irvine on April 20, 2012 at 16:17 — 1 Comment

Girdled Mining Bees at Abney

This is a girdled mining bee (Andrena labiata).  First seen at Abney last April I was delighted to re-acquaint myself with these little wonders on Wednesday. Even more delighted that the 3 on Weds had become 20 by today! They all appear to be males anxiously awaiting females. The males were loitering in the area in front of the…


Added by Russell Miller on April 13, 2012 at 20:42 — No Comments

A Week in April

This Week


Potting up the last of the trees at the Tree Nursery.…


Added by Russell Miller on April 13, 2012 at 19:30 — No Comments

Dodgy garlic and climbing nasturtiums

Easter weekend was dreich but I managed to round up a few people on Friday to work outdoors: planted potatoes in trenches in a bed (leaving hillocks for later earthing up), and in a large green recycling bag, and transplanted lettuces (poking a stick through the…


Added by Stephanie Irvine on April 10, 2012 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Doing food growing workshops on a Hackney housing estate

It's April and it's all go: picked up some soft fruit bushes from Hackney Marshes Tree Nursery today, getting free topsoil delivered on Friday (thanks to a combination of the people at Good Gym and the Master Gardeners network) and next week will get a pile of wood chip delivered free from a Hackney Parks contractor...

I have been running food growing workshops on my small housing estate in north Hackney, with the help of a neighbour, since the beginning of March, funded by a grant…


Added by Stephanie Irvine on April 4, 2012 at 18:19 — No Comments

Trade School London at FARM:shop Dalston throughout April

Trade School London at FARM:shop Dalston throughout April

Trade School London


At Trade School anyone can offer to teach a class, and students barter items, resources and skills to attend. Equal value is placed on big ideas, practical skills and experiential knowledge. No money changes hands as we revalue what we own or know, and can share with others.


Classes include:

Thu 19…


Added by Michael Calderbank on April 2, 2012 at 11:46 — No Comments

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