Featured Blog Posts (22)

Walthamstow Wetlands Opening

Walthamstow Wetlands is Europe's largest urban wetlands, spanning a giant 211 hectares of rare natural habitat, and reopened its doors to the public for the first time on October 20th after 150 years.

(Photography: Clare Taylor)

The project has undergone much redesign and investment to enrich existing habitat whilst…


Added by samantha on November 17, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

In London the fracking threat is getting closer

In London the fracking threat is getting closer

The fracking threat is getting closer. While recent news, if very little, has focussed, on Lancashire and Yorkshire; the destructive impact of Hydraulic Fracturing is now affecting…


Added by Richard Payne on October 25, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Sugar Smart Hackney - working towards healthy and sustainable food in Hackney

From Mary Atkinson, Sugar Smart Coordinator,  HFP Secretary


Last month, Hackney Food Partnership (HFP) was delighted to receive a 12 month grant from Sustainable Food Cities to run a joint Sugar Smart Hackney campaign with Hackney Council Public Health who have match funded…


Added by Sustainable Hackney on August 7, 2017 at 15:24 — No Comments

Late last year the RSPB published their State of Nature 2016 Report. It shows the UK's performance on biodiversity is abysmal.  It shows the Government is simply failing to protect our ecosystems and…

Late last year the RSPB published their State of Nature 2016 Report. It shows the UK's performance on biodiversity is abysmal.  It shows the Government is simply failing to protect our ecosystems and the species that depend on them.  In fact it is doing worse that 188 of the 218 countries…


Added by Kathryn Johnson on February 14, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Hackney Energy back on the launch pad

Hackney Energy, first meeting in 2017: Tuesday 28 February, 7.30pm, at The Talbot, Englefield Road.

The sleeping giant that helped launch the Banister House solar farm, awakens!! There's much to discuss: 

  • Out of control fuel bills have pushed as many as one in six Londoners into fuel poverty.  In addition London lags far behind other…

Added by Philip Pearson on February 20, 2017 at 12:42 — No Comments

Resist Lea Valley Park land sell-off

We're very concerned about a threat to sell park land near the north edge of Hackney Marsh to build housing. Please, if you can, get a short email off to Waltham Forest council by the end of Tuesday 31st Jan.

All that's needed:

* address: leabridgeandleytonconsultation@walthamforest.gov.uk

* title: Lea Bridge Eastside Vision Consultation

* Ask the council to remove the…


Added by Hackney Marshes Users Group on January 30, 2017 at 14:26 — No Comments

Confused about recycling? You’re not alone

I meet a lot of people in my work who ask me if they can recycle this or that, or which bin they should put something in, and are embarrassed to be asking. The general feeling is that we all ought to know. But, actually, recycling is very confusing.

Generally, the question isn’t really whether something can be recycled, but whether it will be collected for…


Added by Clare Taylor on January 10, 2017 at 10:51 — No Comments

So who is Jon Burke, the new Cabinet Member for Energy, sustainability and community services?

Following his election in September, Hackney's new mayor Philip Glanville appointed Councillor Jon Burke to coordinate the council's work on energy, sustainability and community services. His brief ranges from environmental sustainability, energy efficiency and climate change to community energy, fair trade and volunteering.  We're clear that we want to engage well with the council. And the …

Added by Sustainable Hackney on November 7, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments

31 Hackney schools exceeding air pollution limits

According to figures released by the Mayor of London 31 Hackney schools exceeded legal limits for Nitrogen Dioxide in 2013.  The figures have only just been released after the previous Mayor failed to publish them.  

25 primary and 6 secondary schools in the borough are among the 443 schools in the capital exceeding the limits with Cardinal Pole School and de Beauvoir School among the worst in the borough.  

The Mayor has joined a legal action brought by…


Added by Sustainable Hackney on July 5, 2016 at 8:30 — No Comments

Spycops and the Fight for Justice

Subversion, sabotage and spying: Political policing and state racism in the UK

This was the title of the extraordinary conference I attended at South Bank Uni in early April. Over 2 days speaker after speaker spoke about appalling cases of racism, subversion, dishonesty, criminality and violence by the…


Added by Russell Miller on June 12, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Amber Nectar - Oak Bracket Returns to Clissold after 8 year Absence

It was wonderful to find my old friend Inonotus dryadeus (also known as Oak Bracket) back in Clissold on Monday. Calling a bracket fungus a friend may seem a bit weird but having not seen this amber beauty for 8 years it was joyous to rediscover it on the same veteran plum tree where it fruited in 2008. Surely knowing an organism as beautiful as this for 8…


Added by Russell Miller on June 10, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

Some bees don't look like bees - New bee photos

This is a photo of the Furry-clasped Furrow bee (Lasioglossum lativentre) I discovered at Abney Park recently. This is a female. The tiny bees nest in the ground but little is known about them.

The species is fairly uncommon but not rare or scarce. It has never been recorded in north or east London before but that's more likely because no one's…


Added by Russell Miller on March 31, 2016 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

3 New bee species at Abney

Realising Good Friday was to be the pick of the Easter weekend weather I set out in determined fashion to see if I could find any new species of bees at Abney. After about four hours I had seen: Buff-tailed bumblebee queens, honey bees and lots of Hairy Footed Flower bees (mostly males but a few females had begun flying). There were also quite a few butterflies on the wing. I counted 4…


Added by Russell Miller on March 28, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

Cobalt Crust fungus, winter blues never looked so good

Stunning Cobalt Crust fungus at Abney Park nature reserve. Previously seen in Wick…


Added by Russell Miller on February 8, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

Free Reclaimed Paint Membership Scheme Available for Organisations

We are delighted to unveil our new membership scheme available now.  The Paint Place will now operate a free membership scheme for a range of not-for-profit organisations which could save you on the cost of reclaimed paint. Membership is available to a range of groups including:


Community groups

Art groups

Community centres and spaces



Added by Forest Recycling Project on January 15, 2016 at 12:10 — No Comments

Heathrow 13: British Justice 0

Heathrow 13: British Justice 0

Judge loses plot in high stakes climate change battle

As a former civil rights lawyer I've seen a fair…


Added by Russell Miller on January 26, 2016 at 13:00 — 4 Comments

Listen to the Trees - Act Now on Climate Change

Blireana plum (Prunus × blireana) on Shakspeare Walk in full flower yesterday (8 JANUARY 2016).…


Added by Russell Miller on January 9, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments

BBC supports Tory and Saudi governments but censors Corbyn

Last night (13.10.15) BBC Newsnight reported the government decision to withdraw from a £6m British bid to provide prison services to the Saudi regime. According to the BBC the change of mind was down to Secretary of State Michael Gove (“Michael Gove had thought that and got his way”) and Tory concerns about Saudi regime's harsh treatment of a British citizen imprisoned…


Added by Russell Miller on October 14, 2015 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Spring Hill Orchard - TM Mega Bramble Bash

Spring Hill Orchard

TM Mega Bramble Bash

The orchard at Spring Hill was planted by TMs and others…


Added by Russell Miller on October 12, 2015 at 10:27 — 1 Comment

Housing alone is not enough!

Housing alone is not enough!  We must protect space for infrastructure and land designated for employment.  Here's a really useful brief on the Thames wharves from Roy Tindle and Roger Manser of the Just Space economy group:

Roy writes: John Gummer prepared the legislative base for safeguarding Thames wharfs: this provided that the listed wharfs could not be released for development without Secretary of State approval. The Chancellor, earlier this year, devolved that responsibility to…


Added by Kathryn Johnson on September 30, 2015 at 10:13 — No Comments


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