'Great Big Green Week' Events in Swale

Swale Tourism

26th August 2021

WHAT IS THE GREAT BIG GREEN WEEK?

The Great Big Green Week will take place 18 – 26 September 2021, and will be the largest event for climate and nature ever seen in the UK. Thousands of events will celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved too.

These will range from art installations, to concerts to community stalls, to climate cafes, and everything in between; hosted by teachers, bus drivers, sport clubs, artists, community groups, places of worship, builders and anyone who cares about climate change.

Great Big Green Week community hubs will celebrate local activity, raise the profile of climate change and show why it is relevant to your community and local decision makers.

National organisations, institutions, businesses and media outlets will join in, getting more people involved up and down the country, and putting pressure on the UK Government to up its game on climate change.

Together we will call on politicians to raise their ambition and champion action on climate change.

Grace Couch - Climate and Ecological Emergency Officer at Swale Borough Council (email gracecouch@swale.gov.uk)  has collated and listed below for your awareness events taking place in the Swale area. For further information and for events where the booking link is TBC, they will be added to the great big green week ‘find an event’ page in due course at https://greatbiggreenweek.com/find-an-event/ 

 

Event

Description

Organisation

Location

Date

Time

How to get involved!

1

Community Orchard Clearance and Planting

Oare Parish Council is holding a community event to clear the land at Colegates Close ready for planting for our new community orchard. All volunteers welcome.

Oare Parish Council

Colegates Close, Oare

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September

10am - 4pm

Turn up and get involved!

2

Mutant Flowers – The Future

Artist Sioux Peto will be creating a mutant flower garden out of Plastic drinks bottles to highlight the amount of plastic bottle we use. Come and make your own to add.

Green Cube CIC

The Room @ Milton Creek Country Park

Saturday 18th September

10am - 4pm

Participants will need to book online - link TBC

3

Painters Forstal Pollination Patches

Join us in launching our development of Pollinator Patches in and around Painters Forstal and Ospringe at the PFCA AGM on the green (by the ‘Alma’).

Painters Forstal Community Association

Village Green, Painters Forstal

Saturday 18th September

11am - 2pm

Turn up and get involved!

5

Keep Faversham Buzzing

The Faversham Community Gardening Group are here to keep Faversham Buzzing. Anyone is welcome to join our group. We have identified areas where we could develop wildlife gardens to create better spaces for the community. Email Brooke.Williams@FavershamTownCouncil.gov.uk to join.

FTC Climate and Biodiversity Working Group

Faversham

18th Sep - Faversham Library
25th Sep - Faversham Town Centre (near Shepherd Neame Brewery)

12pm – 3pm

Email Brooke.Williams@FavershamTownCouncil.gov.uk to join.

6

Morris & Mollett Magic Lantern Show (workshop)

A sunset Magic Lantern performance will re-enchant and bring to life local wildlife. Through analogue projections the natural habitat will talk directly to the audience, who will walk around the park guided by a storyteller. The artists will invite participants to asks questions about climate change and local young people will draw natural spirits and plant-life onto paper slides to be projected as part of site-specific celebratory event.

Island Projects

Milton Creek Country Park - Green Porch Entrance

Sunday 19th Sept

10am - 1pm

Participants will need to book online - link TBC

7

The 'No Dig' Community Kitchen Garden

Come along for the Community Kitchen Garden Tour, find out why we take the ‘No Dig’ approach and have a go in the garden. (Signage will be up to guide you to the garden at Lynsted Park)

Lynsted Community Kitchen Garden

Lynsted Park, Lynsted, Sittingbourne ME9 0JH

Sun 19th, 10.15am-12.30pm;
Monday 20th, 4.45pm-7pm
Fri 24th,10.15am-12.30pm;

Turn up and get involved!

8

RISE - Exhibition at Faversham Town Hall

Exhibition about the climate crisis, highlighting the threat of sea level rise in Swale, including finding out what more people can do to slow down climate change.

Friends of the Earth

12 Market Place, Faversham

Monday 20th Sept - Sunday 26th Sept

All week

Come down and find out more!

9

A Sustainable Climate for Business

Moving towards net zero via a sustainable economy is essential if we want our children to inherit a fair and habitable world. What changes is your business making towards the goal of zero waste and sustainable practice?
Whether yours is a business economy or a household economy, Plastic Free Faversham wants to celebrate and share your actions with the community to inspire us all to live healthier and fairer lives

Plastic Free Faversham

Online

Launching Monday 20th September

Sep - Nov (COP26)

Keep an eye on the Plastic Free Faversham Facebook page to find out more!

10

The Big Beach Clean/The Big Park Clean

Big Local will be holding 3 events across Eastern Sheppey to help clean up the local area. Each volunteer will also receive an eco goody bag!.

Big Local Eastern Sheppey

Leysdown, Eastchurch and Warden

20th, 22nd & 24th Sep

12PM - 2PM

Email emma@biglocaleasternsheppey.com to get involved.

11

Wellbeing Nature Boost

Using Milton Creek Country Park as a backdrop Wellbeing Nature Boost will introduce people to a variety of mindfulness techniques.

The Wellness Way Kent CIC

Milton Creek Country Park

20/09/21 OR 21/09/21 TBC

3 slots throughout the day.

Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167521351873

12

"The World is Ours, Preserve It”

The Diversity House Green Week event involves clothes swapping, encouraging bikeability and environmental sustainability workshops. The weeklong event will encourage members of Diversity House and the public to recycle their clothes, soft toys, furniture, and go on their bicycles rather than using public transports.

Diversity House

Sittingbourne

Tuesday 21st September - 28th September

Potential participants should contact Diversity House by email: info@diversityhouse.org.uk or phone: 01795420455

13

Climate and Ecological Emergency Roadshow - Sittingbourne

Find out more about what SBC is doing to tackle the climate emergency, as well as what you can do to help. Speak to our Fuel and Water Home Advisor about saving money on your water and electricity bills, get the top recycling tips and pick up some sustainable freebies.

SBC

The Room, Milton Creek Country Park

Tuesday 21st September

11AM - 3PM

Come down and find out more!

14

Boot Bird Boxes

Bring along your old adult boot and transform it into a bootiful bird box. We will provide the equipment needed.

Milton Creek Country Park Trust

Milton Creek Country Park

Tuesday 21st September

10AM - 12PM

Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/great-big-green-week-tickets-167660664561

15

Walk, Talk, Draw

Participants will be given a series of short observational drawing exercises inspired by the local nature and industrial heritage. The tour will explore the park.

Everyone is welcome, no prior drawing experience is necessary. Materials including paper and pencils will be provided, but feel free to bring your own sketchpad.

Island Projects

Queenborough

Tuesday 21st September

11:00

More info via Eventbrite coming soon.

16

Walk, Talk, Draw

Participants will be given a series of short observational drawing exercises inspired by the local nature and industrial heritage. The tour will explore the park.

Everyone is welcome, no prior drawing experience is necessary. Materials including paper and pencils will be provided, but feel free to bring your own sketchpad.

Island Projects

Sheerness

Tuesday 21st September

14:00

More info via Eventbrite coming soon.

17

How to Save our Planet - with Mark Maslin

Mark's latest book ‘How to Save Our Planet is a fact bomb, one that blasts through climate denial to clear a path for action on the greatest threat that our planet faces.’ Roger Highfield, Science Director, Science Museum.

Friends of the Earth

The New Theatre, QE Grammar School, Abbey Place, Faversham, ME13 7BQ

Tuesday 21st September

19:00

Free event, no booking required.

18


Youth Forum

Presentation on the Climate and Ecological Emergency to the Swale Youth Forum, including the opportunity to vote on the top 'pledges' for Swale residents to help reduce their carbon footprint.

SBC

Swale House

Wednesday 22nd September

10:00

Email Steph to get involved (stephcarbutt@swale.gov.uk)

19

Climate and Ecological Emergency Roadshow - Sheerness

Find out more about what SBC is doing to tackle the climate emergency, as well as what you can do to help. Kent Wildlife Trust are running 'bug hunts' for the little ones, while grown ups can speak to our Fuel and Water Home Advisor about saving money on your water and electricity bills, get the top recycling tips and pick up some sustainable freebies. Collect a free plant as part of 'Get Swale Growing' (limited availability).

SBC

Seashells Nursery, Sheerness

Wednesday 22nd September

11AM - 3PM

Come down and find out more!

20

Beachfields Awareness Day

Help out with some community planting while learning from Emma at the Bumblebee Trust about how they can help pollinators, as well as finding out more about what Swale BC does for our coastline, and some wellbeing tips from the Harmony Trust. Collect a free plant as part of 'Get Swale Growing' (limited availability).

SBC - Ali Corbel

Beachfields, Sheerness

Wednesday 22nd September

11AM - 3PM

Come down and find out more!

21

Morris & Mollett Magic Lantern Show (performance)

A sunset Magic Lantern performance will re-enchant and bring to life local wildlife. Through analogue projections the natural habitat will talk directly to the audience, who will walk around the park guided by a storyteller. The artists will invite participants to asks questions about climate change and local young people will draw natural spirits and plant-life onto paper slides to be projected as part of site-specific celebratory event.

Island Projects

Milton Creek Country Park - Green Porch Entrance

Thursday 23rd September

18:30

Participants will need to book online - link TBC

22

Climate and Ecological Emergency Roadshow - Faversham

Find out more about what SBC is doing to tackle the climate emergency, as well as what you can do to help. Speak to our Fuel and Water Home Advisor about saving money on your water and electricity bills, get the top recycling tips and pick up some sustainable freebies. Orchard Community Energy will also be able to tell you about thier new share offer, with Swale Friends of the Earth climate exhibiton available to view. Collect a free plant as part of 'Get Swale Growing' (limited availability).

SBC

12 Market Place, Faversham

Friday 24th September

11AM - 3PM

Come down and find out more!

23

Annual Beach Clean at Garrison Point

Meet at Garrison Point beach, Sheerness (adjacent to Sheerness Docks) to help with the annual beach clean, preventing harmful plastics from entering the eco-system.

SBC

Garrison Point beach, Sheerness - adjacent to Sheerness Docks

Friday 24th September

9am - 11am

Book your place here: https://www.mcsuk.org/beach-cleans/mcs-annual-beach-clean-garrison-point-24-09-2021/

24

Beach Clean (Minster Leas)

Join The Medway Swale Estuary Partnership for The Great Big Green Week Beach Clean.

Medway Swale Estuary Partnership

Minster Leas Beach, Sheppey

Friday 24th September

10AM - 12PM

Email info@msep.org.uk to join.

25

The Whale – ‘Plastic Ocean’

Using exquisite puppets, comedy and music, Circo Rum Ba Ba explore the tale of sea creatures and their battle to survive in an ocean full of rubbish. The audience help to save the turtle and the Whale from a deluge of plastic, feeling empowered that everyone can make a difference.

Plastic Free Faversham

Faversham Recreation Ground

Saturday 25th September

TBC

Head to Faversham Rec to see the spectacle for yourself!

26

Make-From-Waste Activity Day

To join in with swales great big green week, Kooties are hosting a free make-from-waste recycling fun day for kids. You need to book in advance for one of our sessions below and turn up on the day. £5 bosuns tea shop voucher for every family that takes part.

Kooties

Sheppey Hall, Queenborough

Saturday 25th September

1-2PM
2-3PM
3-4PM

To book, please text Zoe on 07838 646241.

27

Outdoor Aviary

Inspired by the native UK bird population, participate in a collaborative collage, draw using natural inks, and create bird sculptures from withy sticks and branches. Find a home for your bird in the foliage of the park, for the public to spot, where it will eventually be reclaimed.

Outdoor Studios CIC

Faversham Recreation Ground

Sunday 26th September

1PM - 3PM

Drop in event - turn up and join in!

28

Creek Clean

Join Swale Friends of the Earth and Plastic Free Faversham on thier 'Creek Clean' and find out more about the danger posed by micro-plastics.

Friends of the Earth & Plastic Free Faversham

Faversham Creek

Sunday 26th September

TBC

Email plasticfreefaversham@gmail.com to get involved.

29

Faversham's Walled Gardent

Showcasing some of our green initiatives at this site as part of their annual event. We are pleased to offer local residents the opportunity to drop in and see what goes on "behind the wall", to talk about our plans to transform the garden and the challenges we have had to create a workable site without the modern conveniences of running water, power, waste and drainage

Brogdale CIC

The Mount, London Road, Faversham,

ME13 8TH

Wednesday 22nd September

11am - 3pm

Drop in event or email maria@brogdalecic.co.uk