Guest speaker: Alan Macnaughton, SevernWye Energy Agency

Tuesday 25th August from 7pm to 9pm
at the Herb Garden Café, Llandrindod

Update - a copy of the slides from Alan's presentation is available to download.

Alan's talk will explore the opportunities for Community Carbon Saving schemes in Landrindod Wells.  In particular, he will be covering

  • the support available for community carbon saving schemes from SevernWye Energy Agency
  • the capacity needed within community organisations to take on small and large scale pojects
  • opportunities for Llandrindod

Alan has extensive experience working with community groups elsewhere in the UK and will talk about some of succesful carbon saving schemes that community groups have run, including

  • Zero Waste events
  • Love Food - Hate Waste
  • Waste audits and recycling
  • Carbon Footprinting
  • Thermal Imaging surveys
  • Community Renewable Energy schemes

Are you interested in doing something practical to reduce our town's Carbon Footprint?  Come along and share your ideas and contribute to the discussion.

Admission to the meeting is free. A donation will be requested to contribute to the costs of refreshments.

A poster to help promoted this meeting is available to download.

Tuesday 28th July from 7pm to 9pm

at the Herb Garden Café, Llandrindod

With guest speaker Roz Brown

Update: Permaculture and Forest Garden Information sheets are now available.

Fifteen years ago Martin Crawford moved from conventional organic gardening to creating a forest garden from a bare field.  Today Martin Crawford's garden is a fantastic example of what can be achieved with a minimum effort input to produce abundant crops of edible trees, plants, shrubs and ground cover.  In this film he takes us through the seasons of his garden and shows the huge range of plants that can be grown.

The film will be introduced by Roz Brown who will also be talking after the film about the close links between Permaculture and Transition.

We've watched this film over again when we want something gentle and inspiring ... and every time we've come away having focused on something that escaped us before.

Amazon reviewer

Admission to the meeting is free. A donation will be requested to contribute to the costs of refreshments.

A poster to help promote this event is available. Please download and display.

Guest speaker George MarshallTuesday 23rd June from 7pm to 9pm

at the Herb Garden Café, Llandrindod

We invite you to a very special meeting where George Marshall will be giving a talk based on his new best selling book:

Don't Even Think About It:
Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

The most important book published on climate change in the past few years
George Monbiot, The Guardian

George's book provides a witty, insightful, and groundbreaking take on one of the most urgent questions of our time: Why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, do we still ignore climate change?

In his presentation George will talk about some of the many and varied reasons his research has uncovered for our inability to ignore this threat to our very existence.  He will also provide answers to some of the other intriguing questions that his research has thrown up, including

  • How will extreme weather events affect our attitude to climate change, and could they make us less concerned?
  • Why have scientists, normally the most trusted professionals in our society, become distrusted, hated, and the targets for violent abuse?
  • Why do the people who say climate change is too uncertain become more agitated about the threats of cell phones, meteorite strikes or alien invasion?
  • Why does having children make people less concerned about climate change not more

Admission to this special meeting is free.  A donation will be requested to contribute to the costs of refreshments.
A poster to help promote this event is available.  Please download and display.

stock free growing

Tuesday 26th May from 7pm to 9pm

at the Herb Garden Café, Llandrindod

How might agriculture have to alter as a result of climate change?

What changes can we make now to reduce our impact on the environment?

Do you want to eat less meat, but are unsure how to begin?

Come to the Herb Garden to find out about stock-free organic growing and vegan and vegetarian cooking.

The meeting will include a presentation, food tasting, a short film and a discussion session.

The presenters are Dorienne Robinson and Sian Meredudd.

Dorienne has been a vegan for twenty years. She is a qualified teacher, therapist and chef, and has taught Vegan and Vegetarian cookery and nutrition. For her Masters Degree in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies she analysed the ability of Powys to feed its population in 2020 in the light of post peak oil and climate change. She also proved the ability to produce fruit and vegetables in Powys on a commercial scale by developing Allt Goch Organics at St Harmon, which became a centre for training and demonstration.

Sian became vegetarian in 1976 and ran a Vegan Society stand at the National Eisteddfod each year from 1986 till 2012.  She edited and mostly wrote a small bilingual magazine called the Wales Vegan/Figan Cymreig from 1985 till 2015 which has now moved to an online publication. As a member of Compassion in World Farming she learnt about stock free farming. She is a keen organic gardener and practices Vegan Organic Nurture and finds that no-dig gardening with the addition of mulches and compost on undisturbed soil works well for her, the worms and the produce!

Riversimple - developers of truly sustainable vehicles

Riversimple founder Hugo Spowers7:00pm on Tuesday 28th April at the Herb Garden Café

Llandrindod is now home to a world class company working at the forefront of sustainable vehicle technology.  Riversimple set up their new research and manufacturing base in Llandrindod towards the end of 2014.

They have a simple objective:
Mobility at zero cost to the planet.

We invite you to a special social meeting where Hugo Spowers, leading designer and engineer with Riversimple, will describe their approach to developing vehicles based on hydrogen fuel cells.  Riversimple are also taking a fresh approach to vehicle ownership to make eco mobility as affordable as possible for everyone.

A poster is available to help promote the event.

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