Walk to Work Week so far

Walk to Work Week so far

It’s Walk to Work Week and, to motivate others who are thinking of giving it a try, I’m posting a quick-fire blog of the highlights of my walks so far. Join me and share the highlights of your walk with the IHS Eco Team.

Highlight #1: Leazes Park in the sunshine

Highlight #2: Not being sat in the bottle neck on Warwick St

Highlight #3: Discovering mysterious stickers in Heaton Park. Can anyone tell me what The Night Shift is?

Newcastle Community Green Festival

Newcastle Community Green Festival 6th & 7th June 2015

Once again on the weekend of 6th & 7th June 2015, the fantastic Leazes Park in Newcastle will be transformed into the North East’s favourite free festival.  The festival provides a great place for people and organisations with an environmental or social conscience to share and celebrate their work and achievements.  The festival atmosphere is enhanced by circus and street performances, great food and a live stage providing free music from some of the region’s finest bands.

Volunteers run the festival, that’s why it’s a favourite and free! However, we’d love to have more volunteers to help out over the weekend. It’s great fun, hard work and a very much valued experienced.

Applications for information stalls, traders stalls and catering stalls are welcome from all areas of the region.

Please visit our website for more information: www.newcastlegreenfestival.org.uk

The Living Wall!

The Newcastle Science Central development is now responsible for producing one of the UK’s largest  living walls. The 366 square metre wall contains more than 35,000 plants – including wild strawberries – as sampled by Clare Rogers, Director, Estate Support Service (see left)! A real biodiversity landmark in the North East!



The man who wants to feed the world – with waste food

The recent public sector strike action in and around Newcastle has left many areas with no bin collection services for the past couple of weeks. The consequential overflowing bins I’ve recently encountered during my (usually!) pleasant walk from Heaton into IHS every day has brought to my attention the sheer amount of food that people waste on a daily basis. Depressingly this is a common theme throughout large parts of the westernised world, with Tristam Stewart, author of “Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal” (2009) noting that 40 million tonnes of edible food is wasted in the US alone each year, enough  to feed the one billion malnourished across the globe.

It was therefore refreshing to come across this story on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28409924


It tells of a young ex alcoholic and drug using chef called Adam who has set up a café in suburban Leeds (aptly named the ‘Real Junk Food Project Café’) which ‘intercepts’ edible food from a variety of restaurants, supermarket and members of the public, and then serves nutritious meals to a large number of people, who can pay with either cash or labour hours.

I for one hope this idea catches on around the country, and if a similar institution is set up in Newcastle, expect me to be the first in the queue offering washing up duties for my lunch!

 “Waste not want not”

We did it! 2 (3 really) awards on the night!

After 3 years of hard work of building from the Bronze award through Silver, the IHS Eco-Team was awarded two awards at the ‘Celebrating Success’ event hosted by the Vice-Chancellor on the 5th June 2014.

The first award was for the ‘Green Impact Gold Highest Achieving Team’ beating out all other Green Impact teams from across the University and is the best award that could possibly have been won!

ImageThe second award presented to the team on the night was a completely unexpected but pleasant surprise and was for ‘Green Impact Innovation’. The team doesn’t know who put them in for this award but are very thankful! This award was for the use and creation of the very blog that you are reading!

The team would like to thank everyone who has been involved from the beginning of this journey as a member of the team or by helping out in some way be it giving up your personal bins or providing information required to complete the workbooks.

Here is a picture of the team receiving the awards from the Vice-Chancellor!