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A Food Waste...

Hi! My name is Sophie and I’m a 31 year old Registered Veterinary Nurse and mama to an amazing 18 month old little boy and I also volunteer as a Food Waste Hero for Olio one day a week. I collect surplus food that would otherwise go to waste from one of the local Cavan […]

From Our Summer...

Hi, all! My name is Caroline and this summer I joined the SWLEN team as the Communications Intern! I am a rising fourth year student at the University of Virginia. Coincidentally it is not too far from Richmond Virginia, in the States, so it was fitting that I worked in the London Borough of Richmond.   […]

New Local Biodiversity...

Last week started off rather grim for nature lovers: The UN global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services revealed that 1 million species are at risk of extinction. Largely as a result of human activity, coral reefs and rainforests are destroyed at accelerated rates. But one needn’t look afar to find our life support […]

Trustees Sought for...

Ealing Council announced last year it was establishing a parks foundation which will work collaboratively alongside the Council in the future management and maintenance of Ealing’s parks and open spaces. It will operate as a charitable organisation, complete with input from residents, friend’s groups and a board of trustees. The Ealing Parks Foundation is now […]

Community Learning. Guided...

Would you like to learn traditional conservation skills from experts? Join a programme of free activities on sites in Crane Park, Richmond working in Partnership with The Conservation Volunteers.  For further information about the project please email Friends of the River Crane Environment:  info@force.org.uk Meeting at The Embankment, Twickenham, TW1 3DU at the garage which is almost […]

Smart Communities

Leaving a light on in an empty room, putting the heating on in winter, or simply going to the bathroom can lead to a number of expenses that waste electricity and money. Smart Communities is a team of people concerned about the waste of energy and works to ensure that we get to be more […]

Smart Communities promoting...

Our Smart Communities team took part in an event in South West London on Sunday the 2nd of November, at the SERA (Sunray and Egmont Residents Association). People from the residents association and local authorities were discussing about infrastructures, planning, services and safety of the neighbourhood and private house maintenance. On this occasion Smart communities set […]

Solar Panel Electricity Systems

Produce cheap and clean electricity from sunlight and GET PAID Electricity prices have increased by roughly 7% every year for more than a decade. The demand for electricity has also grown substantially over the past few years. The residential sector is largely responsible for this increase. Solar panel systems can be designed so that a household’s electricity demand is wholly […]

The Tidal Stretch...

In December 2012 SWLEN helped local not-for-profit organisation Ham Hydro Community Interest Company to organise The Tidal Stretch a sponsored walk from the Thames Barrier to Teddington Lock.  Ham Hydro team members and friends walked the 31 miles from the Thames Barrier to Teddington Lock on Saturday 1stDecember. SWLEN staff and volunteers acted as stewards. SWLEN set […]

Tour of Beverly...

Richmond Biodiversity Partnership (RBP) Tour of the Beverly Brook Restoration Project with Julia Balfour, Friday 4th December 2015.   Representatives from 10 different environmental organisations came on this tour specially organised for the RBP, including Historic Royal Palaces, The Conservation Volunteers, Friends of the River Crane Environment, Friends of Barnes Common, the Environment Trust, Glendale’s Nature’s […]

Richmond Fairtrade Fair

Not all trade is fair. Farmers and workers who produce what is marketed do not always receive an appropriate share of the benefits of trade. FAIRTRADE is an independent organisation that seeks to change that. It is an alternative to conventional trade that is based on the agreement between producers and consumers, where farmers in […]

Trip to Tower...

On Friday 18th March 2016, SWLEN organised a tour to Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in Mile End, East London for Friends groups from Richmond Borough. The trip was an initiative to see the work of another very successful and well established group managing a large green space in East London with similar circumstances to many […]

Make your business circular!

‘Take, make, dispose’, is the mode of production that most products and businesses operate under in our economy. The inputs to the majority of the things we sell and consume worldwide are designed to be used only once, and more often than not, the product we then buy is only used once as well. This […]

Nesta event: Digital...

#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 […]

Notes on the...

One of our volunteers travelled to Iceland this month to represent the Youth Arctic Coalition! Here is her account: The Arctic Fox is the only land mammal native to Iceland. History tells us that the intrepid Arctic fox walked across the frozen sea to arrive in Iceland at the end of the last ice age. […]

Bat Species Action...

Bats are surrounding us in the media hype at this particular time of year as Halloween approaches. The public sees them as symbols of fear and it may be this incorrect portrayal of bats, which may add to the vulnerability of these spectacular mammals. In fact, unfortunately, bat numbers are declining globally and on our […]

A Delve into...

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 […]

A Day In...

Barnes Common is a quiet area of grassland, trees and forests, historically known as ‘The Waste’ and used as a common ground for hundreds of years. In 1992 it was legally designated as a Local Nature Reserve on the grounds of vital importance to local people, visitors and its biodiversity, and as a result of […]