RHS Bridgewater

Episode 6 – RHS Bridgewater

Welcome to the RHS Bridgewater podcast made as part of the Surrey’s Greener Future initiative.

Please note: it was a windy day so there is some wind noise in parts of the podcast.

Francis Egerton, them 1st Earl of Ellesmere, built Worsley New Hall between 1839 and 1846. His fortune was generated from coal mining in the area. The hall fell into disrepair and was demolished in the 1940s.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is building the RHS Bridgewater garden in the grounds of Worsley New Hall. The site is over 150 acres and is on the edge of Salford. This is the Society’s fifth garden and their first urban garden.

Our tour takes place on a blustery, cold day after weeks of rain. During our tour of the garden we learn about the history of the site. We see the garden developing even though they are working in a great deal of mud. We are shown all areas of the garden.

It is all amazing when you realise that on one side is Junction 13 on the M60, on another side is the A572 Manchester to Leigh road, and to the south the Bridgewater Canal and the M62.

The photographs in the gallery are from the visit. Click on one to enlarge them:

 

The RHS has taken the decision to delay the opening until May 2021 since this podcast was made. This is due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The garden will be even better by then.

To find out more about the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) please follow this link.

To find out about the Bridgewater Garden follow this link.

The Wikipedia entry on Worsley New Hall is here.

Find out more about Surrey’s Greener Future:

  • To find out more about the ‘design challenge’ please follow this link.
About the ‘Surrey’s Greener Future’ podcasts:

The next episode will be in a few weeks.

Please use any of the material to support your own initiatives to Combat Climate Change – each of us really can make a difference!

You can listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts / iTunes, Castbox, Deezer, Podchaser, Spotify and Stitcher.

AKM Music has licensed ‘Perfect Circle’ for use as the theme.

Joseph McDade has licensed ‘Chill Electronic – Sunrise Expedition’ for use as incidental music in this episode.

You may use the photographs that accompany this podcast subject to compliance with the Creative Commons licence.

© The MrT Podcast Studio 2020

Surrey’s Greener Future (5)

Episode 5 – Surrey’s Greener Future (5)

Welcome to the Surrey’s Greener Future (5) podcast made as part of the Surrey’s Greener Future initiative.

We start with the great news that the ‘Green Lungs of Stoughton’ project has received a grant of over £12,500 from the Pocket Parks funding programme.  This will enable them to start planting trees. You can find out more about the the Pocket Parks programme by clicking this link.

Mandy Johnson tells us about the ‘Solution for Air pollution’ project which is looking at ways of getting people to make fewer car journeys. Mandy is offering to carry out an audit process for companies interested in taking part.

I then talk about a visit to the ‘Growing Underground’ urban farm which is under the Northern line in Clapham. This farm produces herbs and salad plants 33 metres below ground level. They use a state of the art hydroponic system. This system means they reduce water consumption by 70% compared to growing in a field. You can find out more, or book to visit here.

The photographs in the gallery are from that visit. Click on one to enlarge them:

 

Nigel Collin then brings us up to date with progress with the ‘Wild-flowering’ project. The idea is to plant flower seeds on verges and roundabouts. This makes them nicer to look at and has benefits for bees and other insects that collect pollen. Nigel tells me that trials are to start on a stretch of Surrey road.

To find out more about the Royal Yachting Association (RYA)  and Natural England, mentioned as participants in the project to preserve seagrass meadows please follow the links below:

Click here for the RYA.

Click here to find out more about Natural England.

Find out more about Surrey’s Greener Future:

To find out more about the ‘design challenge’ please follow this link.

About the ‘Surrey’s Greener Future’ podcasts:

The next episode will be in a few weeks.

Please use any of the material to support your own initiatives to Combat Climate Change – each of us really can make a difference!

You can listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts / iTunes, Deezer, Podchaser, Spotify and Stitcher.

AKM Music has licensed ‘Perfect Circle’ for use as the theme

Joseph McDade has licensed ‘Ironic Smooth Jazz – Sundown incidental’ for use as incidental music in this episode.

You may use the photographs that accompany this podcast subject to compliance with the Creative Commons licence.

© The MrT Podcast Studio 2020

Farnham Repair Cafe

Episode 4 – Farnham Repair Cafe

Welcome to the Farnham Repair Cafe podcast made as part of the Surrey’s Greener Future initiative.

I visited the January session of the Farnham Repair Cafe. The project has been running in Farnham since 2015. People bring broken items along for repair. The repairers have a 65% success rate.

The Repair Cafe concept started in the Netherlands. There are now over 2,000 repair cafes in countries across the world.

109 people brought items to the Repair Cafe for repair at the January event. I spoke to some of the repairers about their reasons for taking part, I then spoke to Martin Charter who is key to the organisation. I also found out about the 3D printer which is very helpful for making new parts.

Click on one of the photographs below to see the gallery:

About the Farnham Repair Cafe:

To contact the Repair Cafe please send an email to rcarruthers@uca.ac.uk.

You can find the Repair Cafe at the Spire Church in South Street, Farnham. It is across the road from the town centre branch of Sainsbury’s.

The Repair Cafe takes place once a month on Saturday mornings. The dates of the Repair Cafes in the next three months are 8th February, 14th March and 11th April.

There are many other Repair Cafes in the UK, please use the internet or local press to find out about one near you.

Interested in running a Repair Cafe in your area?

There is a Repair Cafe Conference at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham on March 12th. To find out more click here.

Find out more about Surrey’s Greener Future:

To find out more about the ‘design challenge’ please follow this link.

About the ‘Surrey’s Greener Future’ podcasts:

The next episode will be in a few weeks.

Please use any of the material to support your own initiatives to Combat Climate Change – each of us really can make a difference!

You can listen to this podcast on   / iTunes, Deezer, Spotify and Stitcher.

AKM Music has licensed ‘Perfect Circle’ for use as the theme

Audioblocks has licensed Moving Day by Bob Hart for use as incidental music in this episode.

You may use the photographs that accompany this podcast subject to compliance with the Creative Commons licence.

© The MrT Podcast Studio 2020

Surrey’s Greener Future – Workshop 2

Episode 3 – Surrey’s Greener Future – Workshop 2

Welcome to the Surrey’s Greener Future – Workshop 2 podcast.

In September 2019 Surrey County Council invited individuals and local groups to submit ideas to help combat the climate crisis. Ten ideas were then selected from the submissions.

The Surrey’s Greener Future – Workshop 2 podcast is about the second workshop designed to help these projects get off the ground.

Chris Tisdall introduced the workshop and then the members of eight of the teams described their projects. The teams also told us about their progress since the previous workshop, the issues they had uncovered and the questions for which they need answers.

The teams then went to work on their projects and used the resources available in the room. Staff from Surrey County Council, members of Kingston University and some of the sponsors were on hand to give help.

Click on one of the pictures below to see copies of the ‘flip charts’ created during the discussions:

Mike Goodman, the Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste closed the workshop. He thanked the teams for their enthusiasm and promised to be at future meetings.

Find out more about Surrey’s Greener Future:

To find out more about the ‘design challenge’ please follow this link.

About the ‘Surrey’s Greener Future’ podcasts:

The next episode will be in a few weeks.

Please use any of the material to support your own initiatives to Combat Climate Change – each of us really can make a difference!

You can listen to this podcast  on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Deezer, Spotify and Stitcher.

AKM Music has licensed ‘Perfect Circle’ for use as both the theme and incidental music.

Joseph McDade has licensed ‘Ironic Smooth Jazz – Sundown incidental’ for use as incidental music in this episode.

© The MrT Podcast Studio 2019

Farnham’s Pollution Challenge

Episode 2 – Farnham’s Pollution Challenge

Welcome to the Farnham’s Pollution Challenge podcast.

In October 2019 Jeremy Hunt and the Farnham Herald newspaper co-hosted a Pollution Summit. Farnham is an historic market town at the far west of Surrey, on the border with Hampshire. The town is some 34 miles from London and is surrounded by rolling hills.

The town suffers badly from air pollution and there are three major hot-spots. The Farnham Herald published an article in August 2018 where the air was described as being not only dirtier than most of the M25 but also  above the legal limit.

The 2019 Air Quality Annual Status Report published by Waverley Borough Council details the Farnham locations where there is a significant issue. Click this link to view the report.

In the first part of the podcast I talk to Jeremy Hunt about the summit and also ask about the effect on people’s health. We then talk about the actions that individual people can take to help make a difference.

In the second part of Farnham’s Pollution Challenge I talk to Pete from the Farnham Cycle Campaign. The campaign is pushing to make cycling safer in Farnham. The result – fewer cars making short journeys and sitting in traffic jams. This would reduce the pollution levels and people would be fitter.

To find out about the Farnham Cycle Campaign please click here.

Surrey County Council selected the Farnham Cycle Campaign as one of the projects for the Surrey’s Greener Future initiative.

Find out more about Surrey’s Greener Future:

To find out more about the ‘design challenge’ please follow this link.

About the ‘Surrey’s Greener Future’ podcasts:

The next episode will be in a few weeks.

Please use any of the material posted here to support your own initiatives to Combat Climate Change – each one of us can make a difference!

You can listen to this podcast  on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Deezer, Spotify and Stitcher.

AKM Music has licensed ‘Perfect Circle’ for use as both the theme and incidental music.

© The MrT Podcast Studio 2019

Surrey’s Greener Future – Pilot

Episode 1 – Surrey’s Greener Future – Pilot

Welcome to the Surrey’s Greener Future – Pilot podcast.

In September 2019 Surrey County Council invited both individuals to submit ideas to help combat the climate crisis. Ten ideas were then selected from the submissions.

The Surrey’s Greener Future – Pilot podcast is about the workshop to kick-start these projects.

Chris Tisdall introduces the workshop and explains that there are three groups present:

  • The ‘ideas teams’.
  • Representatives of organisations sponsoring the programme.
  • A team from Surrey County Council to facilitate and bring other skills to the workshop.

Anna was there to create a graphic record of the day, the result is the picture below:

Click on one of the pictures below to see a larger copy:

The podcast continues with members of each team giving a brief description of their projects. After this there was time for discussion and reflection about the best ways forward.

Finally each team give their activity plan. The challenge is to complete the activities before the next workshop.

Find out more about Surrey’s Greener Future:

To find out more about the ‘design challenge’ please follow this link.

Listen to Mike Goodman, Cabinet member for Environment and Transport, at Surrey County Council. Click here  to find out more.

About the ‘Surrey’s Greener Future’ podcasts:

The next episode will be in a few weeks.

Please use any of the material to support your own initiatives to Combat Climate Change – each of us can make a difference!

You can listen to this podcast  on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Deezer, Spotify and Stitcher.

AKM Music has licensed ‘Perfect Circle’ for use as both the theme and incidental music.

Joseph McDade has licensed ‘Ironic Smooth Jazz – Sundown incidental’ for use as incidental music in this episode.

© The MrT Podcast Studio 2019