Do you shop online?Preston Environmental Forum has set up an ‘Easyfundraising’ account so every time you buy something online you could be raising money to help the forum develop its community environmental hub at Ashton Park. (see details of the hub here http://www.projectdirt.com/cluster/preston/#!/journal_entry/29839)Just visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/prestonenvironmental and ... Continue reading »
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Gardening club. Created to maintain the church grounds, but also to be an informative and interactive social event, so that the members of the community who can garden, do garden, but the members of the community who support the work make us lunch. Hence the name Weed and Feed. We meet every 4th Saturday of the month 10am til 2pm. The church has been awarded the funding to rennovate the gardens. This includes a wildflower meadow, native hedgerow and deep herbacious borders to provide almost all year flowers for the church and significantly enhance the appearance of the gardens and make it an attractive community space where anyone is welcome. Ashton Weed and Feed is open to all people regardless of religion. There is informal training, no experience is necessary and we have some tools. Just bring your enthusiasm and some gardening gloves.View all
You may have noticed that Preston Environmental Forum (PEF) has been a little quite lately, the reason for this is that PEF has been preparing for some exciting news. Now, we would like to for ask your help by taking part in a consultation in relation to what will be a significant development for PEF. (details of the consultation are at the bottom of this post) An opportunity has arisen for Preston Environmental Forum to establish a base for itself within the grounds of the existing bowling greens of Ashton Park. The opportunity involves utilising one bowling green to create a ‘community garden’ and the use of the pavilion and the land surrounding the green, leaving one green in use for bowlers. PEF proposes to work with Preston City Council and the Friends of Ashton park to create a community facility that will further develop the forum’s capacity to support community environmental activities in Preston which could include; - providing training to local people and groups, - grow stocks of plants to be used out in the neighbourhoods of Preston - facilitate bulk purchasing schemes with member groups to provide cheaper access to seeds, compost etc - develop more volunteer activities The PEF committee feels that this is an exciting opportunity for PEF to finally have a ‘home’ on what is the site of the former ‘Kitchen Garden’ of Ashton House and also (due to the location of the site) develop a strong link with Dig In NW. The forum will be able to provide a valuable stepping stone for Dig In service users into wider community activities. One outcome of the PEF development days earlier this year was the desire for the forum to employ a person to help facilitate and further develop the forum and the PEF committee feels that this opportunity represents and positive step forward in being able to achieve that desire in the near future. Consultation PEF committee would like to propose an application to the Lancashire Environmental Fund (LEF) for £30,000 towards the 'capital' development costs of this site. To complete this application PEF needs to perform a public consultation and to help with this PEF would like to ask a little of your time to look at the proposed plans (attached below) and to complete the attached consultation sheet. Please complete the consultation form and return it by the 7th August to Paul Greenwood on firstname.lastname@example.org or Community Engagement, Third Floor, Town Hall, Preston, PR1 2RL. Alternatively PEF will be holding a drop–in consultation event at the Ashton Park Pavilion on Wednesday 30th July from 6pm to 7pm were you can see the site, plans and meet some members of PEF to discuss the proposals PEF will also need match funding for the project, how much will be determined once the consultation is complete and the costs for the agreed project produced. The committee would therefore welcome any fund raising suggestions you may have.'' Thank you for your timePlan 1Plan 2Plan 3Consultation Form