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!

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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.

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Author: Tim D

In the early 1970s Mr Timothy & his Phonograph was a popular mobile disco around Leeds University and Tim was known as MrT. Tim also spent 9 years broadcasting a weekly programme on Hospital Radio in Wakefield. He worked for more than 40 years for large industrial organisations and spent his last 15 years in global commercial management roles. Following retirement he started making podcasts in 2017.