Tree planting / conservation activities *updated 6th March’ 2020

*Penhill tree planting is now confirmed. Trees play a vital role in the health of our planet, providing habitat, allowing us to breath, storing carbon dioxide, preventing flooding… SCAN support Friends of the Earth campaigns to double the amount of tree cover in each region of the UK, and to make our towns and cities ten times greener. The UK is the second least wooded country in Europe (after Ireland). In Swindon, we need to create more green spaces. We currently have 8% tree cover. The more urban areas of Swindon fare worse. This compares to Bath 20%, Salisbury 19.8%, Newbury 22%, Abingdon 16.3%, Oxford 21.4%, Gloucester 13.6%, Cheltenham 12.8%, Bristol 18.6%. SBC has introduced a 30% target but it is difficult to see how that will be achieved as trees continue to be cut down for housing developments. There are tree planting and other conservation activities planned around Swindon.[…]

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The SCAN environmental general election guide

There is a lot of conflicting information and narratives out there. Who to believe? Facts are difficult to dispute, such as the voting records of MPs and political parties. So, we have produced this article with links to that information. Friends of the Earth have gone through the manifestos of the Conservative Party, Labour Party, Liberal Democrats and Green Party, as well as pledges that each party has made throughout the campaign. They have then scored each party on ‘tackling the climate and ecological emergency’. For the Plastic Free Swindon campaign, we have written to all local parliamentary candidates to ask for commitments to end plastic pollution. This article provides a simple summary as well as full details for those who want them. ‘Swindon Climate Debate: Action or Extinction?‘ was held at New College. Each candidate was asked what their party’s plan is to deal with climate change, followed by[…]

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Central Swindon North Parish tree planting – Ferndale area, SN2

‘My name is Hakan and I am an allotment officer in Central Swindon North Parish Council.  I am proud to say that the parish is focusing on planting lots of trees, looking after our green spaces for future generations.  I have been asked to organise a tree planting session on Tuesday the 10th December 2019 around Cobden Road, Ferndale Road, Iffley Road and Wembley Street, SN2.  We have around 550 tree whips (60-80cm tall) of different species to plant. I have been asked to get as many people as I can with tree planting on the day.’ To get involved, please contact Hakan on 07741 849106 or by email. Please bring suitable clothing for all weathers, including boots. And please, if you can, bring a shovel. Children to be accompanied by a responsible adult(s), thanks. Here’s a list of the species that will be planted, with links for further info:10x[…]

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Plastic Free July 2019

‘Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?’ Plastic Free July is a good way to try and go plastic-free. It’s a very useful exercise and enlightening to the extent of plastic use around us. Reduce the demand, reduce the supply, reduce the pollution. It’s an important aspect towards making the changes that we need. Some local people who took the challenge last year wrote blogs to share their experiences, and to help and encourage others. Helpful Facebook groups such as the Plastic Free Living Swindon, Refill Swindon, Ecobricks Swindon and Let’s fight Plastic Pollution! Together! have been doing what they can to help encourage and facilitate change. For Plastic Free July this[…]

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The Time Is Now – collective lobbying event at Parliament

The climate crisis has become more prolific in the news recently aided by the Extinction Rebellion protests. These were followed by the publication of the UK Committee on Climate Change report – which proposed net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 – and the UN’s assessment of how quickly we are losing natural ecosystems on which we all depend. You can read more in these articles by the Committee on Climate Change and the UN. According to both sources, ‘transformative changes’ are urgently needed. Those changes are possible but we need everyone to play their part, including governments around the world. So here’s one thing we can all do: ask our MP to support the proposals of the Committee on Climate Change for a zero carbon UK. On 26th June some of us will be going to Westminster to meet our MPs. Do join us! You can register through the[…]

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Green Drinks – Town – March 2019

7-9pm Tuesday 12th March at The Roaring Donkey, 6 Albert Street, Swindon, SN1 3HJ. Our monthly social. Plenty of local activity to talk about:– April is to see the opening of the new zero waste shop in Old Town.  Some of those involved in its organisation will be at Green Drinks.  More info coming soon…– The Ecobricks Swindon group has had a couple of meetings.  A demonstration was given at the recent zero waste shop meeting.  Ecobricks are a positive way that communities can deal with non-degradable plastics.– SCAN have aspirations for the town with regards to energy conservation.  We were recently in Penhill with the Centre For Sustainable Energy giving energy advice and discussing how to get an initiative off the ground.– And much more… We are a friendly bunch. Hope to see you.  Or, if you prefer, please come along to Penhill Green Drinks.

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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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Healthy Homes: DIY Energy & Money Saving Session

Organised by SCAN, this is an introductory session on the basics of DIY Energy & Home Money Saving led by local Energy Efficiency specialist Mike Neate of ECO-DC The session is on Sunday 27th January 2019 from 9.30 to 12:00 at Savernake Social Hall, Savernake Street, Swindon The demonstations and issues explained will include: How heat is lost Draft-proofing / air-tightness Condensation and ventilation Cold spots: cold bridging and insulation DIY opportunity to have a go A few spaces are still available, so if you would like to attend please confirm your interest via our contact page by Friday 18th January. In addition to this free “taster session”, we are intending to stage a follow up short course – probably 4 “hands on” sessions lasting 2.5 hours each later this year. Looking forward to seeing you on Sun. 27th.Gerry, Lucas and Anna, SCAN Steering Group

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January Green Drinks – The Tuppenny

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM The Tuppenny, 58-59 Devizes Rd, Swindon SN1 4BD Our monthly pub social, with a New Year flavour. Come and try this lovely little Old Town pub with a good range of drinks, tea/coffee and organic food (though there only seems to be one veggie/vegan option listed on the website) There is no formal agenda: theme this month is what we want to happen in 2019! Please join and share the facebook event, and invite friends. Some may stay after 9pm. Feel free to call – Julian, 07809 122474

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