• A history of The New Brighteners

    Loving the New Brighton Shore In late Summer of 2009, a local couple moved to the fabled land of Nue Bryetun, now known as, New Brighton, not in itself an unusual event. Being beach lovers, and seeing litter all over the beach, unlike others they didn’t ignore it. Instead they Read more [...]

  • Is it ‘Litter’, or is it ‘Rubbish’?

    Words have different meanings to different people in differing situations. Whilst doing a recent May Bank Holiday ‘litter’ pick I approaching a group of 6 teenage girls sitting on the sand and simple asked, ‘got any litter for my bag?’ [clearly seeing the litter around them] ‘No, don’t think so’, Read more [...]

  • Is Plastic The Problem?

    Well of course the instant, totally rational answer is, ‘yes, it’s a terrible problem’,  which, of course, is a perfectly logical reaction to what we see in the media: TV, newspapers, social media, the web etc. But is it the real problem?  After all, plastic is an amazing material.  It Read more [...]

  • An Ode to Nature

    I’ve just returned from a marvellous Easter week of activities with the family. And wow, what a week to be away from home. A UK-visit and speech from the inspirational Greta Thunberg; a week of extensive activity by Extinction Rebellion (itself triggering a deluge of messages & discussion on my Read more [...]

  • Buddy Volunteers Wanted

    Forest Farm Peace Garden is looking for new buddy volunteers to join our ecotherapy team. Do you love being in nature and helping people? Buddy volunteers are at the heart of what we do and make a huge difference to supporting others in our garden sessions. This is an opportunity Read more [...]

  • Community Litter Picking

    Thanks to Greggs for funding a supply of litter picking equipment, available to lend free of charge to any individual or groups in St Andrews. Most recently it been used by students to clean up after an event!

  • News from the Community Gardens October 2018

    News from the Community Gardens October 2018                                               Red admiral butterfly on the buddleia. Update      What a wonderful autumn! We’ve enjoyed many a sunny day working in community gardens this month. The sedums continue to add some late colour to the borders, the recently planted Read more [...]

  • Heeley City Farm Floats Our Goat!

    It was great to meet up with CEO Sue Pearson and some of her amazing team at Heeley City Farm in Sheffield. The farm is a busy, growing and developing projects that lead the way across Sheffield in its breadth of reach and remit. It’s main site in Heeley contains Read more [...]

  • Endangered species making a comeback

    Globally, countless species have been ravaged, reduced, or even destroyed entirely by unscrupulous people and ceaseless human activity. Many species that once thrived have all gone extinct during humanity’s time on Earth, with some being as a direct result of our actions, and others being due to natural causes. Despite Read more [...]

  • Endangered species making a comeback

    Globally, countless species have been ravaged, reduced, or even destroyed entirely by unscrupulous people and ceaseless human activity. Many species that once thrived have all gone extinct during humanity’s time on Earth, with some being as a direct result of our actions, and others being due to natural causes. Despite Read more [...]

  • Camden welcomes new traders

    Camden is looking to licence eight kiosk sites to individual traders. The sites are in key locations through the borough and offer a great opportunity for both well-developed businesses and newly emerging sole traders to come in the heart of Camden and bring a unique experience to the local area. Read more [...]

  • Camden welcomes new traders

    Camden is looking to licence eight kiosk sites to individual traders. The sites are in key locations through the borough and offer a great opportunity for both well-developed businesses and newly emerging sole traders to come in the heart of Camden and bring a unique experience to the local area. Read more [...]

  • Get your Free Plant Kit!

    We’re holding two more events where you’ll be able to collect a free plant kit to take home and provide a new foraging spot for those all important pollinators! As part of London Sustainability Exchange’s Pollinator Paths project, we’re distributing free plant kits on Saturday 28th July 10am to 1pm, Read more [...]

  • Let the Fun begin

    Today a group of the young people involved in the beach clean up started the next part of out project.   After a look at what rubbish we had collected the young people decided what they would like to sculpt  from it.  

  • Ravenhill Park Bog Garden Project

    With such good weather it was the perfect time to get down in the Bog Area to clean up rubbish and litter in preparation for our project. Several of our volunteers cleaned and cleared away discarded items dumped by thoughtless people. We nearly left some of our own “Rubbish”  behind Read more [...]

  • Blooming Buds.

    Our young buds do a splendid job planting baskets, boxes and containers to brighten up the park. We hope they continue to enjoy gardening for years to come.

  • Ecology Garden

    A new Ecology and Orchard Garden is to be created at Willesden Green Library. With the help of a grant from Our Space, [Groundwork, London], Willesden Green Town Team’s Gardening Group will be planting a new garden-orchard and Green Wall at the side of the Willesden Library from July. Adding Read more [...]

  • Can you go plastic free for one month?

    We are almost half way through Plastic Free July and whether you have managed it fully or not, remember small acts make a BIG difference! The movement is encouraging people to be more aware of their plastic use, we can create a cleaner world for generations to come. Part of this Read more [...]

  • News from the Community Gardens July 2018

    News from the Community Gardens July 2018 Update Well it hasn’t rained for weeks here in Chichester so we’ve been watering nonstop, not only in an attempt to keep the garden alive but to produce a harvest for our volunteers as well. The flowers have loved all the sunshine with Read more [...]

  • FinS finished for another year!

    Now that summer has ofFISHially began, our exciting project ‘Fish in Schools’ (FinS) has been successfully completed. All 15 schools involved in this project have done a brilliant job looking after their brown trout, learning about our native species and releasing their fish in to local burns. Through caring for Read more [...]

  • Message in a bottle

    Today we wrote messages in plastic bottles that had been used only once. The idea was to raise awareness of our anti – litter campaign in parks. We hope to install our bottles at Bridge House Pond and deliver some to local businesses. The bottles have labels attached and we Read more [...]

  • Sowing the Seed – planting wildflowers

    This week we started the club in the garden with Rob, planting wildflower seeds. This should not only make the garden a more colourful place but attract pollinators. After collecting all the rubbish and litter that we could find in the playground we went inside to make posters and write Read more [...]

  • Summer Training Programme

    Capital Growth Summer Training Programme is now live! From July to October, we offer a summer packed with workshops that will help your gardening and food growing projects. Topics include forest gardening, seed saving, making natural remedies, discovering beneficial insects, building earth ovens, compost toilets, ponds and so much more. Read more [...]

  • Summer Solstice Picnic

    Thursday the 21st of June marked the longest day of summer and to celebrate the season as well as all the hard work our volunteers have been doing over the course of the year, green gym hosted a picnic in Regent’s Park. Luckily for us it was a bright day Read more [...]

  • Eel in the Classroom 2018

    Now we’ve had time to sit back and reflect on another year of our Eel in the Classroom project, we would like to share with you our progress in 2018. We are really pleased to say that our project has been hugely successful to date and as a result it Read more [...]

  • Waste nations: How does your country stack up?

    It’s no secret that most nations around the world are hatching increasingly ambitious plans to combat our global culture of excessive waste ‘particularly of plastics and other non-biodegradable materials that pose an immediate threat to the environment. However, while it’s clear that we’ve all been culpable for a disappointingly slack Read more [...]

  • London Rivers Week!

    What is London Rivers Week? London Rivers Week aims to inspire people to take pride in our waterways, understand the challenges they face and come together to create a healthy future for our rivers. Check out the events we are running on the River Wandle, Hogsmill and Beverley Brook to Read more [...]

  • Big transformation day 8th June 2018

    We are over the moon with the work the contractors have done today. We didn’t know for sure when we were filming with the BBC how soon we could get this work completed, so this is brilliant !

  • Beach Litter Pick Day

    The day of the beach clean arrived.  Foggy and cold and it’s nearly June!!!!! We weren’t put off and a little army of young people ventured down to Gibraltar Point Nr. Skegness to start collecting the rubbish left  or washed up on the beach as the first park of our Read more [...]

  • Hannah More visits Burges Salmon

    A group of us were delighted to be invited to visit local business Burges Salmon this week. They had information from Avon Wildlife Trust and Bristol Beekeepers as part of their Green Week. We enjoyed making some candles, tasting some honey and finding out more about local wildlife.

  • Sat 19th May – coach trip to Minsmere

    On receipt of last week’s email to London Dirters, I realised I’d put the wrong date on the Hampstead Heath Evening Stroll with Marylebone Birdwatching Society. It was actually Friday of the previous week but I couldn’t sign in to edit the post. I did try alerting Project Dirt and Read more [...]

  • What about the plastic?

    The New Brighteners have now been beach cleaning, as a group, since August 2013, and it has been another busy year. In 2017 we: Got involved in lots of litter related events: A big Bidston litter pick, and one with the Marine Conservation Society. Other picks took place in January, Read more [...]

  • Hedgehog Awareness week community litter pick

    A fantastic day with over 20 citizens of our local community and organisations helping out. We picked up lots of litter and also helped spread awareness of our local hedge help organisation. Representatives of our project partners attended and helped out, their continued help is most appreciated. Denbighshire Countryside Service,  Read more [...]

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