Round up of the week

Dear all,

Welcome to another Round Up from Transition Town Farnham.

First news is that you are warmly invited to our meeting this Monday 15 November. It will be held at 15 Green Lane, GU9 8PT, from 7:30pm. Please RSVP if you are coming, as food will be provided.

Second, we are planning a Trip to Earthship Brighton (followed by a diversion into town to watch the ‘murmuration‘ of the starlings) on 16 January — get in touch with David if you are interested.

The talk to the Bourne Residents’ Association on 26 October went very well with over 100 people turning up — do get in touch if there is an organisation you would like us to talk to.

Do you use Alice Holt Forest? Would you like it to go into private ownership? Do you realise what a great resource it already is for Farnham and that it will become even more so in future, as a source of building materials, fuel, food and recreation?

News that the government is planning to sell-off our nationally-owned forests (at prices that are unlikely to be higher than market value) has been greeted with dismay by many.

To read our short post on the subject click here.

To sign the national petition to Save Our Forests click here. (Over 65,000 people have already signed.)

Meanwhile in Farnham we have made good progress on the Scholar’s Greenway. Congratulations to Tom and Casper for their actions here.

And for comparison, a post to be published on our website on Monday will show how in Portland, Oregon they have managed to build a network of cycle routes across the city for less than 1% of the total transportation budget. For less than the cost of a single mile of city freeway they have built an entire network of routes for non-petrol traffic, with many side benefits as well. In these days of austerity that seems like a good deal to me. Why not promote more ‘greenways’ in Farnham — reduce the congestion and pollution we dislike so much?

In case you missed it, two schools in Hampshire have switched over to zero-carbon wood pellet heating. They won’t be the last.

And also on our website:

– there’s the possibility of organising a pruning workshop if anyone is interested

– Transition Network Newsletter for November

– the story of electronics video

and

– a brief discussion of the benefits of lawns vs multi-layered gardens of shrubs, trees and other plants

Have a great weekend, and we hope to see you on Monday.

From all of us at Transition Farnham

 

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