Environmental events in Cambridge

The following is a list of local groups that run regular events to which everyone is welcome. They are grouped into two sections – climate change and wildlife and habitat conservation.

If you are organising an event and would like us to publicise it here, email sustainablecity@cambridge.gov.uk.

Climate Change

Transition Cambridge

Transition Cambridge is a voluntary group offering many regular and special events throughout the year to educate people about sustainable living and to raise awareness of the issues around peak oil, food security and climate change.

For more details about how you can get involved in their various groups and activities, including the Transition Cafe, Food Group, Knitting Circle and Skills Share Group, visit the Transition Cambridge website or email: transitioncambridge@googlemail.com.

Films for Our Future is a season of inspirational films and discussions hosted by sustainability and environmental groups from Cambridge and nearby villages. There will be opportunities for film goers to share their thoughts and feelings about the film afterwards, and explore what action(s) they can do to be a part of a groundswell of hope and action towards creating a better future.

Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Cambridge Carbon Footprint is an environmental charity which runs regular events including courses, talks, film screenings and practical demonstrations to encourage individuals to reduce their CO2 emissions. From DIY and thermal imaging to vegetarian cooking, there’s something of interest for everyone. Sign up to their email list to receive monthly news and details of upcoming events.

The Arbury Swap, Collect and Fix-Fest

  • Saturday 17th Feb 2018, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm.
  • Arbury Community Centre Campkin Road Cambridge CB4 2LD.

Highlights include Arbury’s first Repair Café at which experienced repairers will fix your stuff for free, a Clothes Swap Party where pre-loved clothes can be swapped for ones that are new to you, and a ‘Give-and-Take Shelf’.

The City Rangers will be collecting bulky items for residents requiring additional support and Veolia will be providing skips and bins for everyone to help them dispose of items and recycle with ease. There’ll also be a wonderful café and short film screenings. All the events and activities are free.

Cambridge Sustainable Food

Cambridge Sustainable Food attend many events around the city, spreading the word about how people can create healthy meals in a sustainable way. They need help to run a lively interactive stall aiming to encourage people to buy, cook and eat food that is good for us and good for the planet, with questionnaires, quizzes, and recipes to give out. If you could help for anything from 2 hours to all day, please email: ann@cambridgesustainablefood.org or bev@cambridgesustainablefood.org or use the contact page.

LokPal communal meeting and eating

Are you interested in getting to know your local food, your local area, and your local neighbours for free?

LokPal invites community members to prepare and share a seasonal meal, sourced from farmers’ market produce. This is an opportunity to support local farmers, and to learn to cook and shop sustainably. And of course to meet new people and enjoy a free delicious and nutritious meal!

Visit the LokPal website to learn more or to sign up for the April 2018 sessions.

Wildlife and Habitat Conservation

Screening of nature documentary film 'Natura Urbana'

First Cambridge screening of the nature documentary film 'Natura Urbana', about the urban ecology of Berlin

  • Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 Saint Andrew's Street,
  • 17.45 on Monday 5th March.
  • The screening will be followed by a Q. and A. moderated by Bill Adams.

You can view the trailer here www.naturaurbana.org
There are further details here (where you can sign up for a free ticket). 

Thursday and Saturday Local Nature Reserve Conservation Volunteers.

Volunteering on the Cambridge city’s nature reserves gives on-site practical conservation training as well as a good day out in the fresh air.

This physical work is vital in contributing to the protection and enhancement of our local green spaces. The work includes tasks such scrub clearance, woodland, grassland pond and reed bed management, hedge laying, species monitoring and much more.

If you are interested in joining in, please contact: parks@cambridge.gov.uk

Tuesday Conservation Group

Working in partnership with City Greenways Project Officer Iain Webb, a variety of tasks are carried out on a number of sites across the city including local nature reserves and green corridors.

A full programme can be obtained at the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire website. Remember to:

  • bring a packed lunch
  • wear old clothes, strong shoes and bring waterproofs
  • be ready to start at 9.30am
  • make sure your tetanus inoculation is up to date

All tools and necessary training are provided, as are tea and biscuits. For more details call Iain Webb on 01954 713500.

Cambridge Past, Present and Future (CambridgePPF)

Various events take place at Wandlebury Country Park in the Gog Magog Hills south of Cambridge.

Conservation volunteer activities 

Take place at various times through the year - check the website or contact admin@cambridgeppf.org; call 01223 243830 and ask for extension 207. Also see the CambridgePPF website for other events and activities during the year.

Walk your way to health

Every Thursday morning, all year round. 10am for longer walk or 10:30am for shorter walk, duration 30–60 minutes.

The walks are suitable for anyone interested in walking or who wants to adopt a healthier lifestyle. All ages and abilities welcome. Meet at the Stable Rooms, no need to pre-book but please arrive 10 minutes early to register on first walk. £3 parking fee for non-members of CambridgePPF (members free). For more details visit the CambridgePPF website

Wildlife Trust: Cambridge local group - Talks

Cambridge group talks are held in the church hall of St John the Evangelist (corner of Blinco Grove, opposite Homerton College). All talks start at 7.30pm and finish about 9.30-9.45pm. £2 for members and £3 for non-members. For details contact Anita Joysey on 07866 935246.

Talks, training and guided walks are also offered by other local groups within Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire. For details visit the Wildlife Trust website.

RSPB

A variety of walks, talks and family events including stargazing and nest-box decorating are held at RSPB nature reserves around Cambridge. The closest are at Fowlmere and Fen Drayton Lakes. For details visit the RSPB website events page.

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