May 2012 Blog Posts (6)

Installing an underground rainwater harvesting tank

Having wanted to do this for years but been put off by the difficulty of installing the older, barrel-shaped tanks in a restricted space where we'd have had to dig too deep, too close for comfort to this old house's non-existent foundations, I jumped at the chance to buy one of the new shallow tanks this spring.

Of course, the weather made it impossible to finish digging out the pit for most of the first few weeks after the tank arrived but I'm now almost there - just a bit of…


Added by Diana Weir on May 29, 2012 at 11:26 — 1 Comment

You've got until the end of July to install solar PV and qualify for the 21p feed-in tariff

DECC has announced changes to the feed-in tariff for solar PV which will give some clarity for the future:

  • The next tariff reduction has been delayed until 1st August, giving wavering householders another month to install and qualify for the current tariff of 21p/unit.  Installers have been offering discounts to stimulate householders to make up their minds after the uncertainty of…

Added by James Diamond on May 24, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

Tree Bumble bees move in at Tree Nursery

Tree bumble bees (Bombus hypnorum) have moved into a disused bird box at the Hackney Marshes Community Tree Nursery.  This is a worker heading home loaded with pollen.

The small colony (maybe 50-100 bees) have taken up residence in a bird…


Added by Russell Miller on May 24, 2012 at 8:29 — 5 Comments

Art and Science @ Wild Place Your Space


This is awesome

I love this space…


Added by Yewande Okuleye on May 12, 2012 at 21:25 — No Comments

Decision made on move to commingled recycling

As expected Hackney's cabinet decided to accept the recommendation from the recycling team to move to commingled recycling collections, starting next spring.  This will mean an end to the green box collections and the introduction of recycling sacks instead.  Instead of being sorted by hand at the roadside the recycling will be sorted by machine at Bywaters MRF (Material Recycling Facility) in Leyton.…


Added by James Diamond on May 3, 2012 at 11:30 — 3 Comments

Become a North London Master Gardener

Master Gardeners volunteer 30 hours a year offering food growing advice and support to local households and the wider community in Islington, Camden, Haringey and Hackney. They get active support, ongoing training and become part of the master gardener network - plus the pleasure of seeing people bloom!

The next free two-day training course is on 19 and 20 May 2012 (you don’t have to be an expert to…


Added by Alex Collings on May 3, 2012 at 9:31 — 1 Comment

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