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Wirral Evergreen 23 Summer 2014

New gardening courses starting in September 2014

A new service has been launched in Wirral to help people in fuel debt
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Wirral Evergreen 22 Winter 2013

WEN no longer operates RePaint here, but it's not far away! For new details see

Energy, Food & Economy, a 12 page pamphlet that gives the facts about why living sustainably in the 21st century has to be the No1 priority for us all.

WEN is now a Foodbank Collection Point
and we would be grateful to receive non-perishable food in packets or tins - NOT fresh or frozen. To find out how to TAKE food, see Wirral Foodbank website

Monitoring Form for Wirral Household Waste Recycling Centres
Wirral Environmental Network are working with Veolia to help them improve household waste recycling centres. Whenever you go, please help by completing and returning this form after each visit.

We can organise events, courses and talks centred around environmental themes.
See details of what we can offer and please complete our questionnaire.

Read about the newly formed Falkland Road Organic Growers

Merseycare Transport runs on cooking oil.
Read more and help now by donating your used cooking oil.

Wirral Council launches new
Carbon Reduction scheme. Log in now and find out more about how to cut your carbon footprint.

WEN needs your help to keep our projects going - see our new funding letter.

WEN has a group on Facebook. Facebook logoIf you would like to follow the progress of WEN through news, updates and photos, find details of upcoming events, hold discussions or maybe talk to other people in the area who are interested in environmental issues, then please join our group. If you would like to join the group please search for Wirral Environmental Network on Facebook.

Rickshaw for hire
A great form of sustainable transport. Perfect For Summer Fairs and Festivals and Events for all kind. 30 Daily Rate, 100 Deposit. Other rates on request. Picture

New library facilities
Our collection of books, videotapes, 35mm slidesets, audio tapes and CD-ROMs is now available for loan for a nominal charge. Please ring (639 2121) first to make sure staff are here to help you ...[more]


Friday 12th Sept at 7.30pm
The Quest for Well-Being in 21st Century
A talk by Peter Owen-Jones, writer, broadcaster and Anglican priest, best known for his television work for the BBC such as Extreme Pilgrim (where he attempts to experience the spiritual lives of Shaolin monks, Hindu holy men and the desert fathers). More recently, in How to Live a Simple Life, Petr tried to live a life without money in the way of St. Francis.
Part of Wirral Earth Fest, co-organised by Transition Town West Kirby and St. Bridget's Church
Tickets (5) can be obtained from the St. Bridget's Parish office or call Paula on 625 2739

Sat 13th Sept 10am to 4pm
Wirral Earth Fest

A people and earth friendly exchange.
An event that brings together individuals, groups and businesses selling products and services that are local, sustainable, environmental and people friendly - including craftspeople, recyclers/upcyclers, repairers, fair-traders, food growers/producers, friends groups, community groups etc.
St. Bridget's Centre, and Fields, St Bridget's Lane, West Kirby www.stbridgetscentre.co.uk
Enquiries to Andrew Gibb: argibb@btinternet.com or 0151 625 4109

Farmers' Markets

Support local businesses and cut food miles by buying direct from local producers at Wirral's farmers' markets.
Wirral Farmers' Market
2nd Saturday of every month
West Kirby Farmers' Market
4th Saturday of every month.

Dust off your bicycle...
Free guided rides, cycling skills, bike maintenance & more www.wirralgroups.org.uk/cycle_hub.html

Local Health Walks...
Join a small friendly local group, and get going www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/north-west/wirral-walk

What is WEN?

Wirral Riverside HousingEnvironmental Network is an environmental education charity (Registration No. 1068306) set up to promote and facilitate ethical and environmentally friendly lifestyles.


The aim of the organisation is to advance the education of the public about the preservation of our world's natural environment, ecological sustainability, natural resource conservation, waste management, recycling, and the principles of Fairtrade within Wirral and the surrounding area.

Where are we based?

The Sandon Building, Falkland Road, Wallasey, CH44 8ER.
Tel: 0151 639 2121 fax number 639 4826. ...how to get there The office is halfway along Falkland Road - look for blue railings and an orange roof. Our entrance is at the right-hand side of the building as you look at it. The entrance at the other end belongs to Energy Projects Plus.

Evergreen: info@la21.net
Fairtrade: pam@la21.net
Finance: phil@la21.net
Gardening courses: carol@la21.net
Sustainability courses: kenny@la21.net
Anything else: info@la21.net

When are we open?

We do not have set opening hours, although you will usually find someone in the office most weekday mornings.

Please ring to check, and avoid a wasted journey.

Our number is 0151 639 2121 and you can leave a message if no-one is around to answer immediately.

Alternatively, email info@la21.net or the people listed above if you know who you need to contact.

What is sustainability?

Sustainability is now a term used internationally to describe an approach to life that many believe to be mankind's only viable chance of avoiding the environmental disasters that now seem to be part of our future.
It is also a chance to reassert the value of social and environmental issues in a world that is becoming more and more materialistic and money orientated. It stresses that environmental issues are bound into social and economical ones, and are not to be considered as separate, or less important.

The Sustainable Life is one in which we meet our daily needs in a way that is within the carrying capacity of the Earths ecosystems, and that could be maintained indefinitely by our children. It is living off nature's interest, rather than her capital. It is to respect our resources, by minimising waste, reducing energy use, recycling materials, and cutting out excessive consumption. We dont need to starve ourselves, but rather change our present care-free attitude to resources and materials.
This website offers practical ideas for sustainable living.

Why live sustainably on Wirral?

At local level:
- It would bring all the benefits of a clean and natural environment: better quality of life and health. Clean air, water, parks etc.
- Saving resources will save YOU money.
- Improving the environment is an essential part of rebuilding community spirit.
At global level:
- It is a life that has a future. Our present form of consumerism is unsustainable, neglects both our future and that of our children, and threatens global disaster. Much of Wirral's residential land is below sea level. If Global Warming causes the sea to rise enough, the 21st century could mean drastic changes for our peninsula.

The Sustainability Movement is an international one that is being subscribed to by governments and businesses all over the world. In 1992, 179 world states met at the United Nations' Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro to try to attack the issue of our relationship with our environment. They realised that environmental issues reach deep into economic and social ones: for example, that rising sea levels brought about from Global Warming will mean loss of land, property, huge expenses for flood defence, and great risk to health and lives.

They had realised that our life-philosophy and idea of development must be reformed. Their term used to label this philosophy is Sustainable Development. The UK was, in fact, one of the first countries in the world to prepare a national Sustainable Development strategy

Wirral Environmental Network is here to provide information and education to the public of Wirral about sustainable living.