We can once again take a look at one of the themes that will be a focus of Envirolution on 21st July at Platt Fields Park in Manchester. This time it’s the turn of Water. Continue reading Water
The idea is to launch a growing competition with all the schools in Chorlton to get the pupils thinking and interacting with food growing. Envirolution would like to see every pupil in Manchester have access to food growing!
If you would like your school to be involved with the project email Envirolution.
The second part of the project is to create a Pop-up Farm, for an example see Urban Physic Garden. We want to create an interactive space for pupils to engage with food growing and biodiversity. We have already began discussing with a Chorlton Primary School the idea of a Farm-acy to show the healing properties of plants .
Also, we are looking for Envirolution Ambassadors to join our growing team, The ambassadors will help spread the green message in the city and be trained to connect with their peers.
If you would like to be involved with this project or would like any further information please email Envirolution
Envirolution; Manchester’s Environmental Festival
One focus of the next Envirolution will be Biodiversity.
We are looking to contribute to improving the Biodiversity of Manchester and using the summer’s event to launch a project in Platt Fields Park.
2010 was the UN Year of Biodiversity , which was extended into a decade focus. It is important to build on the projects and work that comes from a year of awareness on a subject to really make a lasting impact.
This post is the beginning of conversation to develop a biodiversity project in Manchester. The following is my understanding of what can be done and is not suppose to be a defined approach (or expert knowledge).
Biodiversity can be managed with natural corridors but we have broke up these by creating concrete desserts of cities, roads and mono-culture. We need to reintroduce corridors that mirror nature and take advantage of the natural resources available, such as rivers.
There are large areas of greenery in the city, in our parks, that could be transformed into natural havens instead of over managed unnatural green areas. We can then use cycle paths, rivers, canals, gardens, green roofs to create the corridors through the city.
Some of the outcomes that Envirolution would like to see are:
Coordination of existing projects;
Creation of complimentary projects;
Mapping of corridors;
Cataloguing of biodiversity
Education of residents
Involvement, interaction and appreciation of nature by all
Please add your thoughts or email Envirolution if you would like to contribute
A great 13 point list posted on Envirolution Facebook page:
* Encourage gardening for wildlife;
* Increase inner-city/suburban Organic or Permaculture gardening;
* Work with businesses to employ the above on their premises;
* Guerilla gardening;
* Challenge development plans that threaten habitats;
* Become a conservation volunteer with BTCV, or your local ranger team, ‘Friends of’ group etc.;
* Work to extend and diversify wildlife friendly habitats – woodlands, hedges, ponds etc. – in our public spaces, including parks, cemeteries, waste-ground, grass verges, roofs etc.;
* Reduce reliance on foods that have been grown using pesticides;
* Re-localise – reduce food miles and reliance on foreign imports. Invest and support in local business and creativity;
* Shift towards increased use of intermediate technologies;
* Re-introduce coppicing and pollarding in some of our local woodlands;
* Look at other ways in which our activities impact on biodiversity, such as pollution, noise and light pollution etc. and work to counteract it;
* And above all Challenge anthropocentric perceptions and work to reconnect our culture to nature through education and personal experience;
Envirolution, Manchester’s Environmental Festival
… Once again the people of Manchester came together to support Envirolution with their pennies, by raising the money needed to make this year’s event happen. Continue reading 19 days to go…
… One gem we discovered in 2010 was the Wooden Canal Boat Society. In our search to bring together inspiring projects for the an Eco-jobs workshop we were emailed a very engaging YouTube video
We were looking for projects that would allow an insight into the reality of social enterprise and the third sector working. The WCBS is a great example of how one persons passion and and enthusiasm can create a business. With the consequence of them making a living out of something that they love.
The WCBS were a breathe of fresh air and truly inspiring.
… today we take a look at the venue of Envirolution 2010, The Contact
We were lucky enough to be able to use The Contact as the venue for the first Envirolution. It is a very diverse and vibrant setting, which allowed us to get creative to showcase inspiring Manchester projects.
The event will be on 18th June from 12 – 17pm at Platt Fields Park. We are will provide 3 large marquees, tables and chairs. We also welcome groups who can provide their own equipment. The event will be low energy so we are trying to keep electric power restricted to a bike-powered generator.
Download an interest form here, envirolution programme 2011
If interested, please, download and fill up an application form and send it to:
The wait is over! The next Envirolution has been announced for 18th June 2011. We will team up with the Friends of Platt Fields Park to deliver another exciting programme of inspiring Manchester Projects.
The event will once again bring the best Manchester has to offer together to inpsire you lovely people of Manchester to become part of the Environmental Revolution.
Envirolution will take over the Platt Fields Eco-Garden to offer a FREE day for all. There will be inpiring, thought-provoking, family friendly, skill sharing, entertaining, interactive activities for you to get involved in.
Keep your eyes out for updates and further announcements
The event will also be on the first day of Team Green Britain Bike Week
Hello. Check out the lovely sparkling April newsletter to see what the Envirolution team is geting up to and how you can get involved.