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Spring is almost upon us!

Hello everyone! Hope 2017 has been good to you all so far. Our preparations are well underway for this year’s festival, which will take place on June 3rd, at Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield.

In preparation for one of the greatest things to happen in Manchester this summer (we may be a little biased!), we will be hosting a fundraiser at the Old Abbey Taphouse on April 1st from 8pm following on from the Energise Festival at Hulme Community Garden Centre. So come on down for vegan cakes and party vibes as we start April with a bang!

Here’s the link so you can find us on Facebook and be social and all of those lovely things: https://www.facebook.com/events/1268152016606264/

See you soon!

Envirolution x

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3rd June 2017 – Save the Date!

Hi everybody!

We’re back like Arnold Schwarzenegger but we promise we’re much more loving and ethical than the Terminator…

So put the date in your diary! Saturday 3rd June 2017 will see the exciting return to Platt Fields Park for an even bigger and betterer festival than last year. You must be wondering how we’re going to manage that, right?

Thanks to a bunch of awesome, enthusiastic new volunteers as well as plenty of familiar faces, we are planning what is sure to be one of Manchester’s best festivals for 2017.

What can you do to help? Probably loads, if we’re honest. If we all come together as a unit it will make it far less stressful and far more fun for everyone…

What we need:

  • People: If you have the time, energy and skill to help host the event please get in touch.
  • Promotion: Please link to, share and talk about Envirolution 2017. Our Facebook group is a good way to keep up to date.
  • Money: We are hopefully going to be running fundraisers and events running up to June. Keep your eyes peeled on the Facebook page!
  • Let us know: If you know of any individual, group or company that should be involved in the summer email, tweet or post it on Facebook.

 

Envirolution’s Pop Up Farm

The journey continues for the Pop-up Farm idea in Manchester. What started from conversations at CityCamp MCR  has led to an Envirolution project with a £750 fund from the Chorlton ‘U Decide’.

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

Biodiversity in Manchester

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