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.

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 World’s Biggest Repair Café, Sat 11th Nov, Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge, 10am-6pm

Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition Cambridge are asking everyone to bring their faulty, torn, wobbly, and malfunctioning items to a huge repair party. Repair Cafes are free events that match experienced repairers with people who need stuff fixing.  The repairers help make people’s stuff last longer which means we use fewer resources and less energy to make new things.

Please book your item in (gadgets, household items, bikes, clothes etc) by sending an email to cambridgerepaircafe@gmail.com telling us what you’d like to bring and the problem with it. Or fill in a simple online booking form at: circularcambridge.org/festival         

The whir of the drills, smell of solder, tapping of hammers and patter of sewing machines will be blended with:

  • copious amounts of homemade cake
  • short talks from trailblazing companies and individuals like Patagonia, BuyMeOnce, and The Restart Project
  • upcycled craft workshops for children
  • FoodCycle will be serving free meals made from surplus food between 12:30-13:15
  • stalls from local artists selling upcycled Christmas gifts

For more information and to book in your item: www.circularcambridge.org/festival

Open Eco Homes - 8th and 14th October 2017

An annual event, now in its 8th year, Open Eco Homes is the best opportunity to get home energy advice direct from householders who have already transformed their homes for low energy living. In 2017 households across Cambridge, Girton and Impington are opening their doors to visitors on booked tours on October 8th and 14th. Tours last 45 minutes and include an opportunity to ask questions.

Following on from Open Eco Homes there will be five Cosy Cambridge workshops to help people turn inspiration into practical action. All tours and workshops are free and at every event visitors can pick up a Cosy Action Plan to help them develop their own plans.

To find out more and to book visit: www.openecohomes.org or call 01223 301842.

Cambridge Sustainable Food

Cambridge Sustainable Food will be attending 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.

Wildlife and Habitat Conservation

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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