Richmond upon Thames and the Global Issue of Climate Change

Climate Change is firmly embedded in the list of issues facing our planet in the 21st Century. The term ‘climate change’ refers to any fluctuation in climate, whether as a result of human or natural causes. Natural factors include the changes in the Earth’s orbit, tilt of the Earth’s axis, volcanism or solar activity to Read more about Richmond upon Thames and the Global Issue of Climate Change[…]

Nesta event: Digital Technology in Parks and Open Spaces

#Nesta #RethinkingParks  Digital Technology in Parks and Open Spaces: Busting Myths and Exploring Opportunities An account of the symposium event on July 30th at Nesta, London by SWLEN’s Community Project Manager, Sue Palmer. “The potential of digital technology for parks, open spaces and heritage sites is hotly debated. In the right circumstances digital technology can help Read more about Nesta event: Digital Technology in Parks and Open Spaces[…]

Much More Than Mud: Nature’s Gym & Friends of Palewell Common

On a mild December morning I joined the ranks of the Friends of Palewell Common Fields and Nature’s Gym. The task agreed was to maintain the Common’s mud paths suffering from the winter rain. We wheeled wheelbarrows along the waterlogged paths, pouring wood chippings on to the boggy patches. A production line of happy locals, Read more about Much More Than Mud: Nature’s Gym & Friends of Palewell Common[…]

Friends of Barnes Common (FoBC) Tour – 10th July 2015

Even though a drizzly Tuesday morning was forecasted this didn’t discourage a group of 15, from the Richmond Biodiversity Partnership, from heading to Barnes in Richmond upon Thames for a walking tour of the common. The tour was led by Mike Hildesley (Friends of Barnes Common (FoBC) Chairman) and organised by the Richmond Biodiversity Partnership/SWLEN for Read more about Friends of Barnes Common (FoBC) Tour – 10th July 2015[…]

Conservationists: The Next Generation!

 On a cloudy November afternoon, a group of keen conservationists arrived at a small oasis of wildlife in the middle of suburban Richmond. This group have been constructing wattle fences (or shelterbelts!) in different areas throughout the site, based on where they think they will provide the most benefit. In an inspiring mix of education Read more about Conservationists: The Next Generation![…]

A Delve into the Psychology of Climate Change

Why does Climate Change not feel dangerous? You may be thinking that climate change does feel dangerous, but in reality, it is taking a long time to stir us into adequate action. We are starting to make strives forward and momentum is building, but we have a long way to go before humanity is sustainable. Logically, when we think about it, we realise Read more about A Delve into the Psychology of Climate Change[…]

A Day Out With The Conservation Volunteers

My first foray into the world of volunteering was to attend a practical conservation workshop led by Simon Hawkins of TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) Richmond branch. This mid week ‘get to together’ at Crane Park/ Kneller Gardens at Mereway Nature Park (TW2 6RP) would involve various tasks in redoing the meadow area. Feeling excited but Read more about A Day Out With The Conservation Volunteers[…]