Pinehurst Litter Picks with RSPCA North Wiltshire

We launched Plastic Free Swindon with a litter pick jointly organised with RSPCA North Wiltshire. Since then, it has gone on to become a regular event. Around once a month, we spend three hours cleaning around Pinehurst. And there is a lot to clean up. Much of the rubbish has been there for years due to the lack of degradation of materials such as plastic. With council funding being removed by central government, there are less funds allocated towards keeping our communities clean. So we are taking responsibility and encouraging others to do the same. Looking after our environment is important for the well-being of animals and ourselves. RSPCA North Wiltshire understand this well from their work. SCAN are pleased to be working with the RSPCA towards common goals. We are / have been joined by other local groups such as Swindon Street Reps and Shine Pinehurst. Please join us,[…]

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Penhill Green Drinks – March 2019

Tuesday 5th March, 7-9pm at The Deer’s Leap pub, 141 Penhill Drive, Swindon, SN2 5DX. We were pleased to head to the newly managed and renovated Deer’s Leap pub for our new monthly social, Penhill Green Drinks.  It was well turned out and a vibrant evening with people, some cross-pollination at the home of the Beez Roadzz. Penhill is rich in community environmental projects and groups such as The Bee Roadzz Swindon, Penhill Haven, Swindon Street Reps, and Powering Up Penhill, an energy conservation project with collaboration by The Centre For Sustainable Energy and SCAN.  And, April sees the launch of Naturehood in Penhill, a project by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.  In addition, there are lots of cool local projects to Swindon such as TWIGS, the Zero Waste Initiative, Swindon Cycle Campaign, Plastic Free Swindon and Hreod Burna Urban Forest. Penhill Green Drinks is the first Tuesday of the month, 7-9pm,[…]

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Pinehurst Litter Pick – Feb 2019

1:30 – 4pm, Sunday 17th February 2019. SCAN and RSPCA North Wilts were in Pinehurst again for the second litter pick there this year in what is to be a regular event, roughly each month. We cleaned again around some of the estates and woodland areas. At the end of the litter pick, we sort through the rubbish to recycle what we can. It’s a nice way to spend a Sunday, very rewarding. RSPCA North Wiltshire wrote this article for us about their work and the importance of reducing litter for the well-being of animals.  Further information can be found on their website and Facebook page. This event is part of the Plastic Free Swindon campaign.

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Pinehurst Litter Pick – January 2019

6th January 2019. We started 2019 as we intend to go on, with positive action. Three community organisations, RSPCA North Wiltshire, Swindon Street Reps and Swindon Climate Action Network, worked together to clear up litter as part of the Plastic Free Swindon campaign. There is rubbish all over Swindon, it’s so unnecessary. It injures animals, looks horrible and much of it needn’t have been made in the first place. Thanks to all involved for doing such an excellent job of clearing estate and woodland areas in Pinehurst. At the end of the litter pick, we sorted out the rubbish for recycling. Good job. The combination of community groups worked well and we intend to continue working together to brighten up Swindon for all. More litter picks to come… This event was covered in an article by the Swindon Advertiser.

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Climate Cafe – ‘Powering Up’

We heard from Ellie Stevens of the Centre for Sustainable Energy on their ‘Powering Up!’ project which looks at Building Energy Resilience in low income communities. “What happens to low-income households whose energy bills suddenly increase? When energy prices rise dramatically or families experience a change in circumstances such as an elderly relative living at home? And how can such households and their neighbourhoods be supported to become more ‘energy resilient’? These are questions that the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is exploring through its Powering Up! project, working in three low-income communities – Penhill in Swindon, Druffyn in Newport and Hamp in Bridgwater.  “We don’t want any community to be left behind – community energy can have huge social and financial benefits; it can bring people with common concerns together, generate income towards other projects and lift people out of fuel poverty. Through this project we are applying community[…]

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‘No Plastic Bands’ – Swindon musicians support the plastic campaign

No Plastic Bands is a series of gigs supported by Swindon musicians who care for the environment, about the problems that plastic pollution are causing. The gigs are to raise awareness of plastic pollution and the Plastic Free Swindon campaign, to raise money for the campaign and to have an enjoyable night of music where people come together for the common good.  The launch was covered in this article by the Swindon Advertiser. We have had two gigs so far. The Castle welcomed us on the 27th July 2018 for the opening gig. An eclectic mix – Canute’s Plastic Army, Palm Rose and Frances The Farmer graced us with their music.  The second gig was kindly hosted by The Beehive on the 5th October 2018. This time, the music was along folky lines. S’Go, Talis Kimberley and The Bellflowers provided the excellent entertainment. Thanks so much to the performers and[…]

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