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People's Republic of Southwark newsletters

'Back' issues of our monthly electronic newsletters are now available for download.

All newsletters contain some material not previously published on the website.

If any of you want to help out with the monthly newsletter, please get in touch

NCIA December 2010 newsletter

National Coalition for Independent Action (NCIA) have issued their December 2010 newsletter which you can read online on the NCIA's website. Below are some highlights from the original newsletter

Transition Town Peckham June 2010 newsletter

Transition Town Peckham will be meeting for 'Green Drinks' 7.30 pm tonight, Thursday 10th June at the Old Nun's Head.

TTP Energy Group News

Solar Energy Information Evening Wednesday June 30th 7pm The Herne Tavern
If you are interested in finding out more about installing and benefiting from Solar Energy, the Energy group are putting on an information evening to find out more about Solar Energy and the different government schemes and incentives. We will have Becky from CEN coming to give a presentation and we also hope that Peckham Power will be there to share their expertise.

Energy Monitors Project
If you would like to join our first group using energy monitors and discussing ways to save energy; or want to become an Green Champion for your local area and estate by helping your neighbours to save energy (and money!) get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


TTP Growing Group News

Allotment
We now have an allotment which we want to use as space for people to share ideas and experience of growing their own produce. We will be using permaculture techniques and will be learning from Annina who has done a permaculture course. Our allotment is on the Surrey Canal/Bonar Road site and we would love you to come and join us! We will be down there on wed evenings from 6.30pm and on Sunday afternoons. Please let us know if you intend to come so that we will know to look out for you...

Landshare 
Do you have a garden you don't get to use, or know someone who does? Or are you someone who desperately wants space to garden?  One of the visions that many of us at TTP have is getting lots of people growing their own across Peckham; and helping those who do not have easy access to land to find somewhere to do so. An excellent web resource is Landshare, where you can sign up to find land, offer land or help out others.

Big Lunch 18th July
The Big Lunch is a national initiative run by the Eden project, encouraging neighbours and communities to have street parties and picnics. It is a great way to get to know the people living around you. If you are interested in running a Big Lunch event then go to their website  which has lots of excellent resources and information. If you let us know at TTP we can also promote it in our July newsletter and on our website.

The Low Carbon Zone

Last year a Low Carbon Zone was established in an area of Peckham with London Development Agency seed funding (£280,000). The zone was established in the area between Peckham Hill Street, Commercial Way, Friary Road and Peckham High Street and is set to receive significant investment for energy saving measures from energy suppliers, the council and other funders over the next two years.

Among the forthcoming initiatives in the Peckham Low Carbon Zone will be

    * the installation of solar panels for water heating
    * renewable energy training for residents
    * new boilers, windows and insulation work
    * the appointment of a green concierge service to help businesses apply for money and advice to reduce their energy use.

Total number of dwellings covered in the Peckham Low Carbon Zone is 1160.

It is one of only ten low carbon zones in London.

The low carbon zones scheme across London has an overall target of reducing CO2 emissions across homes, schools and businesses by 20.12% by 2012 (baseline in 2009). For more information visit http://www.london.gov.uk/lowcarbonzones/boroughs/southwark.jsp

Low Carbon Zones is a community led approach to cutting the capital’s CO2 emissions. Ten London boroughs have won support and funding from the Mayor and GLA to create local Low Carbon Zones. These will provide model examples that can later be rolled out both within and beyond London.

The short-term aim of the scheme is to achieve a 20.12% reduction in carbon by 2012, and helping towards the Mayor’s target of a 60% cut in CO2 emissions by 2025. Longer-term the ambition is for London to become the world’s environmentally friendly city. Watch this space to see how London’s Low Carbon Zones are paving the way to a cleaner, greener future.

Taken from http://www.southwark.gov.uk/press/article/86/peckham_residents_asked_their_views_on_new_million_pound_low_carbon_zone and  http://www.london.gov.uk/lowcarbonzones/boroughs/southwark.jsp


Free renewable energy training
Interested in solar energy? Want to find out more? Residents in the Peckham Low Carbon Zone are invited to attend three free training sessions in renewable energy.

Introduction to renewable energy - Wednesday 16 June, 6.30pm to 9.30pm , Saturday 19 June, 11,30am to 2.30pm

Solar thermal systems - Wednesday 23 June, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Saturday 26 June, 11.30am to 2.30pm

Heat pumps - Wednesday 30 June, 6.30pm to 9:30pm , Saturday 03 July, 11.30am to 2:30pm

Residents attending all three sessions will receive a certificate from our training provider, GeoHeat Neutral.

Training will be held at Bells Garden Community Centre, Peckham SE15 6UJ
For more information and to register for the training, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by phone on 020 7525 7035

Union Street Urban Orchard

A group of volunteers are turning a disused car park into an urban orchard (at 100 Union Street, SE1) for the summer and the London Festival of Architecture.

They are looking to let the local community know about this project and we are also trying to source some of the materials (plants, seeds, empty jars). I was wondering if you would be able to help us out in this.

As a bit of further background: The Union Street Urban Orchard is a project turning the derelict site of 100 Union Street in SE1 into an orchard and community garden. The area will contain a number of smaller projects such as a SeedBank, Living Ark, and plant adoption - the postcard has a great illustration of the vision.

They currently have 85 fruit trees that will be placed throughout the site and these will be donated at the end of the project (in August) to Estates and local community spaces. They are also gathering plants to be placed on the site and these will then be spread throughout Better Bankside to contribute to greening of the area in August as well. They are looking for plants for this purpose (can range in size/etc) to be placed throughout the site.

Also, one of the areas will be containing a seedback to illustrate the variety and types of seeds. They are planning on having around 100 jars of different varieties of seeds with brief descriptions of each and are currently working with the local schools and gathering the jars for the project, but are looking for some more empty jars and also need to get a range of different types of seeds

The opening day for the Urban Orchard will be June 19th and are hoping to have everything completed by then so please let them know soon if you are interested/would be able to help.

Further information is available at:

Union Street Orchard website

London Festival of Architecture page


For more information on Transition Town Peckham, please check their website.

BARGES May 2010 Newsletter

BARGES (Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Green Enthusiasts) May 2010 newsletter can now be downloaded here.

Growing Soutwhark May 2010 newsletter

The Growing Southark May 2010 newsletter can now be downloaded here.

Growing Southwark are holding a meeting this Wednesday 12th May at Le Petit Parisien, Camberwell.

Southwark friends of the Earth April 2010

The April newsletter is now available to download here.

Southwark Friends of the Earth March 2010

Southwark Friends of the Earth March newsletter is now available to download here.

People's Republic of Southwark, the story

How we came to be is quite organically - there was an obvious need for a platform of sorts, a space for people to share their skills and knowledge of socio-environmental issues. A lot of good people were doing a lot of good things around Southwark, but there seemed to be a lot of 'Judean People's Front' and 'People's Front of Judea' thing going on.


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