Putting Seasonal, Local, Organic and Wild at its heart reaps reward for River Cottage Cookery School

River Cottage Cookery School in Devon has beaten dozens of other cookery schools from across the UK to win the accolade of Best Large Recreational Cookery School at the British Cookery School Awards. Results were announced on Monday 17 November at the awards ceremony held at Porchester Hall in London. The event was hosted by head judge and BBC Radio 2's food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden. Read more »

"Neither a magic bullet nor Pandora's Box": geoengineering our climate is not a 'quick fix' for a warming world

Credit: University of Leeds

The deliberate, large-scale intervention in the Earth's climate system is not a "quick fix" for global warming, according to the findings of the UK's first publicly funded studies on geoengineering. The results of three projects - IAGP, led by the University of Leeds; SPICE, led by the University of Bristol; and CGG, led by the University of Oxford - are announced today (26 November 2014) at The Royal Society in London. Read more »

Toyota's Mirai: the future of fuel cell vehicles

Toyota will launch its all-new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in Japan on 15 December, before introducing it in the UK and other selected European markets in 2015. Mirai – the name means future in Japanese – signals the start of a new age of vehicles. It uses hydrogen, an important future energy source, to generate electric power, delivering better environmental performance while giving customers the convenience and driving pleasure they expect from any car. Read more »

Primates are indispensable for the regeneration of tropical forests

Moustached tamarins (Saguinus mystax) contribute crucially to the seed dispersal of the neotropical tree Parkia panurensis (Photo: Julia Diegmann)

Primates can influence seed dispersal and spatial genetic kinship structure of plants that serve as their food source. This is the result of a cooperation project of behavioral ecologist Eckhard W. Heymann from the German Primate Center (DPZ) with plant geneticists Birgit Ziegenhagen and Ronald Bialozyt from the Philipps-University Marburg. Read more »

Volunteer Management Training Scotland

12/12/2014 10:00
12/12/2014 16:00

Event Description

Successful organisations and social enterprises are transformed by enthusiastic and engaged participation in voluntary work.

This course makes recruitment, management and, most importantly, engagement of volunteers easy. It encourages you to look closely at the motivations of volunteers and the organisations that use them. The day draws on contemporary approaches including co-production and the use of non-hierarchical teams to help you and your volunteers get the most from the relationship.

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Freeze for Trees - Midwinter Swim

13/12/2014
13/12/2014
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Event Description

Take the plunge and brave the cold water for Trees for Cities this Christmas.

With special guests, Jon Snow and Doon Mackichan

Encourage your friends, family and colleagues to take the plunge into Brockwell Lido’s glorious unheated waters on Saturday 13th December, to raise money for Trees for Cities. There will be entertainment, spot prizes, goodie bags, a complimentary hot drink and a whole lot of Christmas cheer.

Fancy dress is optional, but encouraged.

You can choose whether to swim a lap or two, or just jump straight in and out. Read more »

Masterclass for Dwellings: Compliance, Sustainability & Part L

11/12/2014 09:30
11/12/2014 16:45

Event Description

This seminar is run by Greg Edmonds, whose extensive experience as a Building Control Officer brings expert insight into the subject of designing high performing, healthy houses that will be future proofed against climate change. The emphasis throughout the seminars will be on down-to-earth advice to use in practice. Read more »

Stakeholder Engagement

03/12/2014 10:00
03/12/2014 16:00

Event Description

This training will help you understand how to keep your collaborators happy and engage them in a way that is effective, innovative and inspiring. Every organisation has responsibilities to those who make you who you are. These could be your supporters, your funders, your board, your staff or your trustees.

To ensure that you keep receiving and building on the support network you have created it is crucial that you continue to develop effective and enduring stakeholder relationships - and this course will teach you how.

You will learn:

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