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Sustainabaility In Action 1 - trees, woods and liberation

Volunteer power is continuing to transform Hackney's green landscape from over managed, conservative parkland into wildlife friendly, sustainable playgrounds for all. This is possible thanks to local experts, small grants and hours of dedicated volunteering.

2013 - the story so far…

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Added by Russell Miller on February 5, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Have You Seen a Hedgehog in Hackney

A woman saw a hedgehog by the railway line on Stoke Newington Common in late October. It may have been disturbed by the clearance work done on the railway cutting. Fortunately Tree Musketeers and Stoke Newington Common Users Group have planted a lot of trees, shrubs and climbers along the railway line so that there is…

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Added by Russell Miller on November 22, 2012 at 16:30 — 5 Comments

Exiled from Hackney - we're all refugees now.

Exiled from Hackney

Do you know anyone…

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Added by Russell Miller on September 25, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

MY formal objection to the propsoed Wilmer Place Sainsbury's monstrosity

Proposed Wilmer Place Development…

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Added by Russell Miller on August 21, 2012 at 15:00 — 4 Comments

I love the Olympics but....

banksy - Banksy welcomes the London Olympics with satirical street art

I love the Olympics but....

Many people may not take me for the typical straight male sport…

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Added by Russell Miller on August 7, 2012 at 5:30 — 4 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.…

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

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…

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

A Week in April

This Week

Saturday

Potting up the last of the trees at the…

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

Sustainable Existence

IF WE CAN'T SEE THE TREES…

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Added by Russell Miller on March 27, 2012 at 21:35 — No Comments

Criminalising Sanity

Protest

&…

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Added by Russell Miller on March 27, 2012 at 21:30 — No Comments

Dalston Carbuncle - Greenwash, Greed and Grey Politics

 

Dalston Carbuncle

Greenwash, Greed and Grey Politics

 

The rush to cash in on Hackney's open door development policy is escalating as…

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Added by Russell Miller on February 21, 2012 at 18:30 — 10 Comments

Campaign -- Support the Biodiversity Action Plan! -- Deadline 24th October

Just a reminder to make sure you respond to the BAP consultation before 24 Oct. It's very important there is a big response. It takes about 60 secs to say 'yes we want a BAP'



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Added by Russell Miller on September 30, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

Hackney Troubles – National Crisis – International Criminals

Hackney Troubles – National Crisis – International Criminals

There is a lot of confusion about why people across London and the UK should suddenly run amok looting and setting fire to things. Naturally there is a lot of reactionary garbage in the media desperately trying to portray it as mindless violence, calling for more State…

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Added by Russell Miller on August 11, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

Abney Park Nature Reserve Veteran Tree Project

Abney Park Nature Reserve

Veteran Tree Project

Abney Park Cemetery Nature Reserve

Abney Park Cemetery was a visionary, Victorian masterpiece. In 1840 a new non-denominational garden cemetery was created in Stoke Newington. It also been planted as a world class arboretum with 2,500…

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Added by Russell Miller on June 21, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

Thank ? For Rain 1 - but it's too late for 4,000 Hackney trees

Read it, weep and then read what you can do.

Since my …

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Added by Russell Miller on May 26, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

Go Move Some Puddles – QUICK

 Whilst writing my HEN blogs I was noticing the rain coming and going outside my window. In particular I was thinking how the new oaks on Crossways could do with all the water that was busy running down the gutters towards the drains. Then, when I saw it brightening up, I decided to retry my puddle moving tree watering system. It's very simple. You just find a suitable receptacle – in this case my blue compost bin – locate a body of water close to a thirsty tree, then manually move…
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Added by Russell Miller on May 26, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

Goodbye to Mark, Dean and the Tree Gang

Thanks to a political decision to privatise Hackney's only remaining public tree gang, today one of the most experienced tree surgeon's in London leaves the council. Tree Gang Mark – even if I knew his surname I wouldn't print it in respect for the privacy of a quiet, unassuming family man, - leaves today after over 30 years caring for trees in North London (nearly 20 years in Hackney). That kind of experience and commitment is irreplaceable but Mark and his team have…

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Added by Russell Miller on May 26, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

Thank ? For Rain 2 - To whom do we give thanks?

To whom do we give thanks?

Where do we pay our respects to the life force that sustains us on this planet? We are so ignorant we do not even begin to have an answer to these most fundamental of questions.

Drowning in an ideology of ignorance in a post-thinking age, like it or not we are still totally dependant upon the benevolence of ancient forces we have forgotten to respect or even notice.

Returning to some form of sanity…

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Added by Russell Miller on May 26, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

Don't Miss the Dove Tree Flowers

The wonderful Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata) in Kynaston Gardens is in flower at the moment.  This tree is from China where it is endangered in the wild.

It has the most amazing flowers with big balls of anthers beneath huge white bracts. 

Each ball also has a small stigma hidden between the ball and the bract.  Presumably this is 'designed' for pollination by a Chinese insect, perhaps a bee.…

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Added by Russell Miller on April 21, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

Dayflying Longhorn moths

Adela reaumurella - male

These amazing looking little moths are part of a group of micro moths called longhorns (for obvious reasons).  They can currently be found flapping around trees and shrubs in Abney on warm days.

The larvae feed on dead oak leaves.

For a full list of…

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Added by Russell Miller on April 18, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

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