naaee-logoNAAEE has announce the 2018 EE 30 Under 30 awardees who work across five continents and “are champions of energy, water, climate resilience, the Arctic, environmental health issues, and more.  Through a wide variety of approaches including journalism, music, and gardening, they are working to create change in their communities and on the global stage.”

You can find out about them here and their work in EE will be featured in the 2018 conference in October.

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You can join Project Dirt and Eden Project Communities in Brixton Community Base for a free one-day workshop to learn tips and tricks on how to get your community project noticed. Dirt says that this is your chance to get a dose of the practical activities and inspiring people that made up Offline Festival 2017.  Click here for more details and for tickets.

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The Soil Association’s latest update is here.  It includes a feature on the growing potential of agroforestry.  The Association says:

“Together with the Woodland Trust, the Soil Association has given the Government clear recommendations on how to make agroforestry mainstream in the UK.  Agroforestry involves growing trees alongside crops, which in turn produces many wonderful benefits like increasing wildlife, soil quality and crop productivity. Take a look at what the Government needs to do to improve it.”

There’s also a report on Digging into horticulture:

“With fewer young people getting into farming, we look at steps the industry can take to attract millennials into horticulture. In recent years seasonal EU labour has been essential for UK horticulture production. As we prepare to leave the EU, seasonal workers are turning elsewhere, leaving farmers without sufficient workforce and crops rotting in fields. Our report makes recommendations for how the Government and horticulture businesses can work together to solve this looming problem.”

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You’ll find the latest from the Countryside Jobs Service Professional here.  In addition to a lot of jobs, an extensive news section, and the usual feature on environmental education, recreation and volunteering, there’s an article from CJS’s featured charity: The Vincent Wildlife Trust.  This is Searching for stoats and wondering about weasels.  There’s also a Citizen Science section in which Butterfly Conservation says Watching butterflies is good for you!

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The Forest Education Network [FEN] says that following the success of its first national CPD event in 2017, Putting the Forestry into Forest Education, it is holding a second event at the Rosliston Forestry Centre, South Derbyshire, DE12 8JX on Thursday 4th April 2019.  The FEN Steering Group are working on the programme for the day, designed to expand educators’ knowledge of the ecology and management of the UK’s forests and woodlands and support practitioners to manage their own sites. Participants can expect a day of practical and inspirational workshops led by forestry and education experts, held in the heart of the National Forest.

The full programme will be announced during the autumn and you will be able to book your place then.  More detail from liz.gascoigne@lotc.org.uk

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The LEGO workshops at Slimbridge continue into September.  Details here.

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Click here for the latest report from Sustrans.  This includes news of London’s first cycle street: Vauxhall Street – here’s the video.