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Topical Talks that Don’t Cost the Earth
Earth Hour is now the world’s largest grassroots environmental movement creating massive impact around the globe. Each year, hundreds of millions of people organise events – at home, and in their community to show they care about the future of our planet.
Three interesting evenings have been arranged by Teign Estuary Transition to develop the Earth Hour Theme, following the Pedal and Pulse events on Saturday 24th March.
The venue is TAAG in Northumberland Place, Teignmouth, with a 7pm for 7.30pm start.
“Incredible Vegetables” is the title of the first talk on Monday 26th March. Mandy Barber is a perennial vegetable enthusiast, and she and her partner Julian Skinner run an organic nursery near Ashburton growing perennial vegetables and unusual edible plants. There will also be plants or seeds for sale.
“Mercury’s Rising! Weather we like it or not” follows on Tuesday evening 27th March, with speaker Dr Michelle McCrystal from the University of Exeter. She wants to talk about all things climate, how it has changed in our lifetime, and what we can actually do about it.
Ethical investing is the theme of the third evening on Thursday 29th March. Paul Pizzala’s background is investment with sustainability expertise, working for a variety of wealth management companies, most recently for WHEB Asset Management. Antony is our local environmental communicator, founder of CarbonSense and currently CEO of Real World Visuals, whose speciality is developing images and stories that make sense of the data collected about our world. Antony and Paul promise an interactive discussion on investing and their personal reflections.
TAAG is also hosting ‘Bikes’ An Exhibition of Art, reflecting this year’s Earth Hour theme in Teignmouth.
Suggested entry is £2 for each evening, to cover speakers’ and TAAG’s expenses.
More information – Mike Rickard 07877 797271
Apple Harvest at Decoy Orchard 10-12 am and Apple Pressing, Music and Fun at Vicary’s Field Community Garden from 1.30 pm with Transition Newton Abbot.
Rhubarb is highly recommended; every garden should have one. Ours was planted about February last year – the eagle-eyed amongst you may spot the various upside-down buckets and pots towards the right of the bed against the back wall, just in the shadow – in some well rotted manure, and it has not only survived being knocked and trampled by some of our more enthusiastic visitors, it rises above mice, birds, slugs and every other garden challenge to deliver like clockwork. This time it has been in crumble – sorry, no photo – and polenta. Both excellent. Enjoy.
The beds are filling up pretty much according to the (rotation) plan – these last few weeks we’ve planted peas, potatoes, perpetual spinach, kale, red cabbage, salad leaves, radish, chard, lovage and dill. Hollyhocks take a couple of years to mature, but hopefully they will join the cherry, pear and peach trees on the south facing north wall, and, another Community Garden first, hyssop beside the path just up from the wall.
Do come and say hello; we are there most Sunday mornings. Bring sunshine and be prepared to share coffee and biscuits.
Our first Core Group meeting after a Summer break at TAAG, Northumberland Place, Teignmouth: 8 – 9.30 pm.
We will be discussing the next Teign Estuary Transition Clothes Swap event and issues with the Walled Garden at Eastcliff Park. Please come along if you wish to contribute or just want to find out what’s happening!
Teignbridge District Council are running their annual survey on parks and green spaces (including Eastcliff Park where we have our Community Garden).
If you want to take the opportunity to give your views – go to: http://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/liveconsultations