The RELEAF London Partnership will undertake a new survey of London’s trees and woodlands this summer to establish the benefits they provide and put a value on them.
It will be the world’s largest urban forest survey and 200 volunteers are needed to take part. You will be out in the field for about four days, helping to protect the Capital’s woodlands for future generations by looking at and measuring tress across Greater London.
The volunteers will receive training in the use of the US Forest Service’s i-tree methodology and be accredited as an i-Tree Eco London 2014 surveyor. If you’d like to take part, contact Jim Smith at the Forestry Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted in Nature, Trees, Woods
London Tree Week starts today and the main focus is the Rooting for Trees exhibition in City Hall’s cafe.
This exhibition highlights why trees matter to Londoners. Photographer Emma Phillips worked with The Tree Council to produce images of Tree Wardens at various locations where they feel most strongly connected with trees. Each portrait offers a story about the importance of one, or many, trees. It also explores what motivates different people to plant, care for and help with the conservation of trees in their neighbourhood.
There will also be a series of free guided tree walks and other nature trails in various parts of town. You can take a tree walk around Abney Park Cemetery on 25 May, Upminster (25 May), Hyde Park (26 May), Kensington Gardens (27 May), Imperial War Museum gardens (29 May), Sydenham Hill Wood (29 May), Bankside Urban Forest (30 May), Bloomsbury (31 May) and the National Gallery’s arboreal paintings.
The week is being organised as part of the Mayor’s RE:LEAF work to protect and increase the number of trees in London.
Posted in Birds, Green, Nature, Wildlife
Tagged Big Garden Birdwatch, birdwatching, blue tits, conservation, Dollis Brook, ducks, Finchley Park, great tits, gulls, Hampstead Heath, London, moorhens, robin, swans
It’s nearly time for the 2013 Big Green Bike Ride, which is a great way to raise funds for Friends of the Earth.
This year’s ride starts on Saturday, 27 April, and the 85 mile route will take you from the hustle and bustle of London, through the country lanes of Surrey and Hampshire, to the New Forest.
The next day will be spent exploring the heather-covered heath, farmland, ancient woodland and mudflats of the beautiful corner of the countryside. If you need any training tips, the Olympic Gold Medalist Alex Gold MBE is supporting the event and has written a blog on the Friends of the Earth website which is well worth a read.
London won the gold medal its sustainability efforts, during the recent Summer Olympic Games. The facilities facilities- from the Olympic Park to the Velodrome to the main Stadium – make wide use of recycled materials and follow waste management guidelines. All purchases inside the Olympic Park and all packaging are 100% recyclable while the disposable products are green and made in Italy.
The London Paralympic Games (parallel to the Olympics), now in progress, are taking place, for the most part, in the same facilities as the Olympics, with a diverse group of athletes competing.[…]
The flag of sustainability flies over the Paralympic facilities as it did during the XXX Games of the modern era, starting with the industrial area of Stratford, covering an area equal to 297 football fields, that was completely reclaimed. The terrain contained tar, oil, solvents, lead and arsenic. The London Olympics were also the first games to…
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This great blog from the Brentford Recycling Action Group gives more information about the Bee Cause campaign.
Brentford Recycling Action Group
Why is Friends of the Earth campaigning on bees?
Because bees are in trouble
Bee numbers in Britain have fallen dramatically in recent years. Three bumblebee species are already extinct.
Many factors are causing bees’ decline – from habitat loss, to disease, to climate change. There is also growing evidence that some pesticides harm bees.
Because we need bees
Bees are essential to our food supply, economy and quality of life:
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There is a delightful meadow hidden away in the heart of North London’s suburbs. Purchased for public recreation in 1912, Long Lane Pasture was neglected for many years and recently threatened by a housing development.
Now under the management of the Long Lane Pasture Trust, volunteers are working here to restore the site to benefit its wildlife and the local community. Visitors are welcome to the pasture, which lies close to Long Lane and Finchley Fire Station, and if you register as Friend you can help its restoration.
I discovered the site accidentally while out walking last Sunday and was impressed by the many informative signs that are dotted around the pasture. These give visitors interesting details about the various wild flowers and wildlife you can find here.
Long Lane Pasture is open every weekend 10am – 5pm, and on 8 September, 10am-1pm, there is a Bees, Spiders and Bugs Day. For more details, visit http://www.longlanepasture.org
Mallards and moorhens live in the pasture’s large pond. Pic: FreeDigitalPhotos.net