19 October 2015

Eco Fair- a few of the exhibitors


Here are a few of the exhibitors who will be amongst the wide range of stands at the event:

Shillingfords at The Quay is a new, unique pop-up restaurant.  Carl Shillingford is a Michelin-trained chef who uses locally sourced, foraged, natural ingredients and will be doing demos at the Eco Fair between 10am and 1pm.

Beehouse Honey produce natural, local honey, honeycomb and candles.  At the Eco Fair, they will do some candle making with children and if the weather is mild, they will be able to bring their observation hive.


Craft Classes with Clare who has three alpacas, Norman, Fergus and Clement who live in her field and she spins their luxurious fleece by hand, then weave cushions, arm-knit scarves and make felt bowls. This means that everything is not only environmentally friendly but also completely sustainable.



Westover Woodlands is a father and daughter business that carries out sustainable management of local woodlands. Using many traditional tools and techniques they produce rustic product ranging from gazebos, fencing and arbours to garden stakes, walking sticks, firewood and furniture.
Sudbury Rotary Club will be promoting its Schools Environmental Programme, they will be providing everything to grow purple crocus bulbs and encouraging children to plant and grow over the winter. This is part of Rotary's world-wide "End Polio Now" campaign. Children who receive the polio vaccine in "third world" countries put a finger in purple dye to record this - hence the purple crocus.


Holly’s Forest Sessions give children the opportunity to try out some Forest School activities. They can have a go at woodland crafts, using real hand tools and natural biodegradable materials, including sustainably sourced wood from locally coppiced hazel – as featured on Channel 4’s ‘Four in a Camp Bed’.

 Lavenham Butchers are local chaps providing woodland conservation and deer management. All their venison is wild and locally shot around Sudbury and Lavenham.

Woodview Garden Maintenance provide a range of sustainably sourced premium growing materials which is a quality peat free product. All visitors can enter their free prize draw to have a chance of winning 3 bags of Wool Compost products of their choice.
 Health Foods for You, 11A Friars Street, Sudbury supports "Organic September" which was launched by the Soil Association four years ago and has many in store discounts on organic lines for multiple purchases. This will be continued at the Eco Fair as organic is their speciality. 

The Fulibroch Dairy will be selling goat’s milk and goat’s milk soap at the October Eco Fair. The dairy is an example of internal investment in the local community whereby sales are predominantly local with the vast majority of revenue re-invested back into the local community purchasing feedstuffs and supplies for the goat herd and dairy. Fulibroch milk is hand milked to order with few food miles and is unpasteurised. 

Suffolk Climate Change Partnership will provide information about the current funded insulation schemes for homes through Suffolk Energy Action, the financial incentives for installing renewable energy and heating, as well as what help and funding is available for community buildings and community energy projects. 

 
The Jam Shed is a small family run company based on the Suffolk/Essex border, who seed to reawaken the love of local preserves by using wonderful seasonal local produce.

 Orchard Barn will be promoting the use of deep green, locally sourced, natural building materials and traditional construction skills and methods.


 The Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley Project is pleased to be at the Eco Fair to promote the River Stour Enhancement Projects, including information about invasive species along the river, and to provide information about walking and cycling in the area.
Scarlet Rosita Food which produce cooked and raw, sweet and savoury food for people on special diets.


There will be demonstrations throughout the day:

10am to 1pm - Carl Shillingford from Shillingfords at The Quay is a new, unique pop-up restaurant.  Carl Shillingford is a Michelin-trained chef who will do demos using locally sourced, foraged, natural ingredients.

1pm - Libby Laurence from The Jam Shed which is small family run company based on the Suffolk/Essex border will do a demo to reawaken the love of local preserves by making hawthorn jelly.

2pm  - Rosita Minichiello from Scarlet Rosita Food who will demonstration cooked and raw, sweet and savoury food for people on special diets.

3pm - Sarah Partridge from Orchard Barn will give a talk promoting the use of deep green, locally sourced, natural building materials and traditional construction skills and methods.
Refreshments will also be available on the day and an opportunity to make your own fruit smoothie by your own pedal power.
The event is being organised by Transition Sudbury and District and for more information please visit www.transitionsudbury.co.uk or contact Jane Hatton on 01787 468634.

26 September 2015

Eco Fair 31st October


 

 

 

 



The third Eco Fair will be held in St Peter’s in the centre of Sudbury on 31st October between 10am and 4pm. With free entry, the aim is to encourage everyone to live more sustainable lifestyles. If you are interested in reducing energy consumption, local crafts such as felt making, wood craft or candle making; food whether its gluten free, honey or local meats and foraging, gardening and preserving, there will be something to interest everyone.

There will be a wide range of exhibitors including the following:
The Suffolk Climate Change Partnership’s Community Advisor, John Taylor, will be on the Partnership’s stand providing advice and information for communities and households on how they can become more energy efficient or generate their own energy, as well as the many other actions they can take to help tackle climate change and adopt a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle, helping to make Suffolk the Greenest County. Visitors to the stand can find out about the current funded insulation schemes for homes through Suffolk Energy Action, the financial incentives for installing renewable energy and heating, as well as what help and funding is available for community buildings and community energy projects.


The Suffolk Climate Change Partnership is the county’s lead response on climate change and the transition to a low carbon society and economy. It’s a delivery partner of Suffolk Creating the Greenest County, and its members include all of Suffolk’s Local Authorities as well as other organisations such as the Environment Agency, University Campus Suffolk and Groundwork Suffolk. Its members have a shared interest in supporting Suffolk’s communities, businesses and residents to reduce carbon emissions, save energy and money, and adapt in advance to the future impacts of climate change.

17 September 2015

Thank you! From The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm


Its great the farm has raised the money it needed, still time to donate to fund the purchase of fruit trees and bushes that will create a future income stream.

7 September 2015

Eco Fair on 31st October



The third Eco Fair will be held in St Peter’s in the centre of Sudbury on 31st October between 10am and 4pm. With free entry, the aim is to encourage everyone to live more sustainable lifestyles. If you are interested in reducing energy consumption, local crafts such as felt making, wood craft or candle making; food whether its gluten free, honey or local meats and foraging, gardening and preserving, there will be something to interest everyone.

There will be a wide range of exhibitors including the following:


Craft Classes with Clare who has three alpacas, Norman, Fergus and Clement who live in her field and she spins their luxurious fleece by hand, then weave cushions, arm-knit scarves and make felt bowls. This means that everything is not only environmentally friendly but also completely sustainable.



Westover Woodlands is a father and daughter business that carries out sustainable management of local woodlands. Using many traditional tools and techniques they produce rustic product ranging from gazebos, fencing and arbours to garden stakes, walking sticks, firewood and furniture.




Scarlet Rosita A Little Of What You Fancy Does You Good! Vegan, Gluten & Wheat Free, RAW!, and lots more. All delicious natural, real foods cooked by a real chef.


 Sudbury Rotary Club will be promoting its Schools Environmental Programme, they will be providing everything to grow purple crocus bulbs and encouraging children to plant and grow over the winter. This is part of Rotary's world-wide "End Polio Now" campaign. Children who receive the polio vaccine in "third world" countries put a finger in purple dye to record this - hence the purple crocus.

 
Holly’s Forest Sessions give children the opportunity to try out some Forest School activities. They can have a go at woodland crafts, using real hand tools and natural biodegradable materials, including sustainably sourced wood from locally coppiced hazel – as featured on Channel 4’s ‘Four in a Camp Bed’.





Lavenham Butchers are local chaps providing woodland conservation and deer management. All their venison is wild and locally shot around Sudbury and Lavenham.

Woodview Garden Maintenance provide a range of sustainably sourced premium growing materials which is a quality peat free product. All visitors can enter their free prize draw to have a chance of winning 3 bags of Wool Compost products of their choice.




Beehouse Honey with over 30 varying flavours of honey, some rich, dark, floral, mild, aromatic and an ever increasing range of hand dipped, tapered and moulded candles and not to forget the benchmark of all raw honeys, honeycomb, theres something for everyone…even non-honey lovers, theres a charming delicate honey for you.
  
Health Foods for You, 11A Friars Street, Sudbury supports "Organic September" which was launched by the Soil Association four years ago and has many in store discounts on organic lines for multiple purchases. This will be continued at the Eco Fair as organic is their speciality.

Refreshments will also be available on the day and an opportunity to make your own fruit smoothie by your own pedal power. The event is being organised by Transition Sudbury and District and for more information please visit www.transitionsudbury.co.uk or contact Jane Hatton on 01787 468634.


9 August 2015

Save The Oak Tree





Please could you circulate this around your e-mail contacts and encourage them to spread the word - and donate!


The Oak Tree is a unique Low-Carbon Community Farm on the edge of Ipswich which has grown from small beginnings, and very impoverished soil, in 2010 to a vibrant community producing weekly veg-boxes, eggs and pork for over 70 families, and is now a safe haven for much wildlife. It is a Permaculture Association Land Demonstration Farm and has won numerous awards including the Suffolk Carbon Charter Gold Standard and the Creating the Greenest County 'Community: Local Food Award. It has also been featured in The Guardian and on ITV. But the unexpected loss of some major promised funding means it may have to close within months.


But ... it is fighting back with a crowd-funding initiative which has raised an amazing £10,000 in its first week!  https://www.indiegogo.com/save-the-oak-tree#/  However ... unless it can get to its target of £27,000 by the end of September it will have to close. It has lots of supporters but needs more! Closure would be a tragedy, not only for the growers but for the whole idea of small scale, community-led, low-carbon and environmentally beneficial farming of which it is a shining example. Can you help, even in a little way?  


See what a buzzy, up-beat place it is on the Farm Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ and its own brilliantly informative website which has these FAQs about the campaign: http://www.the-oak-the-savetheoaktree-


Please do what you can, even if it is just passing this on, sharing, tweeting or telling everyone you know and lots of people you don't.  But the main thing is to get the money in https://www.indiegogo.com/save-the-oak-tree#/  



Please donate NOW, even a couple of quid would help. 



Many thanks

13 July 2015

Living with the land : Forest Gardening




Tim Smit introduces Forest Gardening and we meet Martin Crawford and take a tour of his unique Forest Garden, full of unusual foods, fibres and medicinal plants and demonstrating a low intervention, natural way of growing. Centred around a key interview with Martin the film uses drone shots for never seen before vantage points of his Forest Garden and of its true resourcefulness and beauty.

28 April 2015

Free Pastry Making Course - Fully Booked

Please contact us to reserve a place on a later course.

1 April 2015

Grow Wild Seed Kits



Transition Sudbury has a number of Grow Wild seed kits, as featured on BBC Countryfile 5th April, to give away with five packets of wildflower seeds and a diy bee house.

Please email transitionsudbury@gmail.com if you'd like to pick up a kit.


Swap shop


26 February 2015

Chicken Keeping Course



Saturdays chicken course went really well, thanks to Sainsbury's Sudbury for the use of their training room and Baileys Horse Feeds for the goodie bags.

16 February 2015

Interview on Radio Suffolk


 Click on the link below to hear Joanne's interview with Radio Suffolk on our upcoming chicken keeping course. The interview starts at 30:48 minutes through the programme.

BBC Radio Suffolk - Georgina Wroe