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Radical Kitchen at the Serpentine Pavilion: a summer of community picnic talks

Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed by Francis Kéré. Serpentine Gallery, London (23 June – 8 October 2017) © Kéré Architecture, Photography © 2017 Iwan Baan

Inspired by Francis Kéré’s stories of gathering, debate and community around a tree in his village of Gando, Burkina Faso, the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 will become host to a series of community picnic talks this summer, Radical Kitchen: Recipes for Building Community and Creating Change. Read more »

Buzzing Bohinj - Europe's original wild flower festival celebrates bees this May

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Slovenia, one of Europe’s greenest countries, will explode with colour in May as the Bohinj International Wild Flower Festival returns with the theme ‘Flowers and Bees’.

This year’s festival opening coincides with World Bee Day, a United Nations initiative created in cooperation with The Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association. In recent years, Slovenia has been identified as a leading beekeeping destination, creating honey therapy (apitherapy) programmes to emphasise how bees positively impact human lives. Read more »

Finalists announced for Ashden UK and Travel Awards

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One of Reading Buses’ biomethane-powered fleet. Picture: Ashden

The shortlist has been announced for the 2015 Ashden UK and Travel Awards. The Awards are a globally recognised measure of excellence in the field of sustainable energy and celebrate the organisations that Ashden considers to be leading the way in this field. Read more »

Calling all photographers! Environmental Photographer of the Year 2015

Kevin Mcelvaney, Adam Latif, 21

Now open for entries, the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film. The competition is free to enter and offers an exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society and a total prize money of £8,000, including awards for young photographers, film and a solo show. Read more »

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 »

2015 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel open for entries

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Tisséo-SMTC: Weaving together sustainable journeys in Toulouse

The 2015 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel are now open for entries, calling on innovative travel schemes across the UK, France and Belgium to enter for the chance to win £30,000 in prize money. The Awards, which are free to enter, celebrate the achievements of pioneering travel initiatives which encourage people to adopt more sustainable ways of travelling, helping improve quality of life whilst reducing congestion, pollution, and CO₂ emissions. Read more »

Co-operative Energy to launch world’s biggest celebration of community energy

One of the younger visitors to Westmill Wind Farm and Solar Park during the inaugural Community Energy Fortnight in 2013 (Photograph: Andy Cantlon)

Community energy projects spanning the breadth of Britain will be opening their doors as part of the 2014 Community Energy Fortnight, launched this Saturday by leading energy provider, Co-operative Energy. From the Outer Hebrides to the depths of Cornwall, these events will give everyone in the UK the opportunity to get involved with – and be inspired by - community energy, through visits to wind farms and hydro stations, to DIY solar panel workshops and the launch of a community share offer. Read more »

Marine Conservation Society seeks 10,000 volunteers to get down and dirty for the ‘Great British Beach Clean’

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© Rob Drake-Knight

The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), says recent figures showing the highest amounts of litter on British beaches in twenty years, have prompted it to launch a mass beach participation event ‘The Great British Beach Clean’ to highlight the issue of Britain’s dirty beaches.

The charity says that, in a year when pride about all parts of the UK will reach a peak with the World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup, we should try and reconnect with our coastline to ensure it’s a safe, clean place for this generation and those to come. Read more »

Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year - call for entries

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Environmental Migrants:The Last Illusion. Ulaan Baator, Mongolia #04, Alessandro Grassini.

Now calling for entries, the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film. The deadline for entry is 31st March 2014. Read more »

Forests are key to the greening of European economies

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Poland ©FAO Forestry/Marek Bodyz

Europe's forest ministers and other high-level delegates from 40 countries have gathered this week in the Finnish town of Rovaniemi to discuss how forests can help European nations move further towards the goal of greening their economies. Read more »

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