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Great Big Green Autumn Update

Great Big Green Week 24th September to 2nd October 2022

Back for a second year, we have been promoting Reigate and Redhill's Great Big Green Week. The Climate Coalition started this national week of activities in 2021.

Click here for our 2022 GBGW page.

As you can see, we have a variety of contributing organizations, including Richmond Fellowship, Reigate Area Conservation Volunteers, Fairtrade Reigate and Extinction Rebellion. The climate crisis requires us all to act in what ever way we can and hear different voices and views - even those we don’t agree with. The Great Big Green Week aims to celebrate all that people are doing in whatever way they can and it is heartening to see our own communities getting involved.

A spread of other organizations have pledged to do something for the week, including several schools, churches and libraries.

Our GBGW subgroup organizers have worked hard generate interest from local organizations, coordinate information sharing and promote the week locally. This included promoting on social media, through posters and leaflets. We were out leafletting in Reigate on Saturday 24th September, helped by a surprising Great Big Green monster! Thanks Peter! We had lots of positive reactions from the Park Run members and others in Reigate.

Energy Action Redhill & Reigate (EARR) - "Leaky Homes" Roadshow

Following a successful roadshow of talks earlier in 2022 by Andy Baldock, EARR has progressed on the theme of home energy reduction by offering home surveys to advise individuals on how they can make cost and carbon savings. Dates will be put forward for different areas, probably by street for example arranging one evening for visits. We have use of a thermal camera, which supports other checks and questions to inform feedback of the best and next options for people to take.

Information will start becoming available through the EARR webpage.

Wild Earlswood and 'Station Roots'

Wild Earlswood have begun supporting Matt Gibson’s 'Station Roots' project for Earlswood Station, digging over the gravel area on platform 2 ready for sewing wildflower seeds. We are waiting on tender hooks for a funding bid to expand the project to include growing food at the station. The Station Roots project looks set to becoming the initial form of “Edible Earlswood”, linked to Incredible Edible a national organization promoting community food growing. We will be launching and looking for local volunteers in the near future - watch this space!

Wild Earlswood have organised an informative guided nature walk in Redhill Common, led by Simon Elson, on Sunday 2nd October at 2.30pm. See our events page for this and to see what else we have been doing this year so far.

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