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3M and MGS Technical Plastics supporting the School Tree Nursery Programme

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

A recent donation of £8,000 to the Earth Restoration Service has resulted in schools in Lancashire, Leicestershire and South Wales benefitting from the School Tree Nursey Programme. The money was donated in recognition of a successful recycling project that involved re-purposing manufacturing components to reduce landfill.

The project was jointly managed by MGS Technical Plastics, a plastic injection moulding company from Blackburn in Lancashire, together with science-based technology company, 3M, which has sites in all three regions. Both companies agreed that the savings from the project should go to support environmental education in their local communities. Employees from 3M helped students at a number of the schools to plant the tree saplings as part of its 3Mgives volunteering programme.

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New Planting Season 2016/17

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

iStock_000011304847SmallGreetings and welcome to a new planting season for 2016/17.  We have been inundated with requests for having small scale tree nurseries and wildflower meadows in the school grounds this year and unfortunately, we do not have the budget to accommodate for all the schools that have signed up.  We are doing our best to fundraise for you in order to make sure you will have a tree nursery growing in the school grounds shortly.  For those schools that would miss this year’s tree planting, we will do our best to find the support for next year’s planting.  If the time is pressing and you would like to plant this year, the option is for your school to contribute for the costs that are involved – for further information on this, please e-mail: info@earthrestorationservice.org

It is cheerful news of course that the demand is high.  We look forward to a great season ahead seeing new woodlands branching out across the UK.

Yours in restoration.
The ERS Team.

Lord Walton of Detchant – Our Great Patron

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Lord Walton 2016Lord Walton of Detchant was our patron and supporter and he has passed away aged 93 years old after a sudden illness.  Lord Walton gave assistance to ERS to launch our programmes at the House of Lords in November 2007.  The woodlands and the wildflower meadows would not be growing today without his help.  He personally supported the charity every month and was always keen to hear about our latest developments and updates.  All of us have been grateful to have him as a patron and we will miss him greatly.

Here is his obituary written in the Telegraph:

“Lord Walton of Detchant, who has died aged 93, was a leading neurologist and the only person to have been president of the British Medical Association, the Royal Society of Medicine and the General Medical Council during his career; he also served as Warden of Green College, Oxford, from 1983 to 1989.

John Walton originally planned to become a paediatrician but while completing his medical training in Newcastle he came under the influence of Professor Fred Nattrass and decided to specialise in neurology. During his first few years of medical research he endeavoured to identify all of the patients with neuromuscular disease in the North East of England and discovered that many who had been thought to be suffering from muscular dystrophy were in fact suffering from inflammatory disorders such as polymiositis or dermatomyositis with symptoms that could mimic those of muscular dystrophy.”

More here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2016/04/25/lord-walton-of-detchant–obituary1/

Rewilding Our River

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Rewilding a stream in Hailsham in East Sussex, part of the Breathing Waterways campaign from the Earth Restoration Service. Skips were hired (and filled), and gloves acquired. The work was hard, and at times overwhelming. But the true face of the river can now be seen again, she is full with newly planted wild river-flowers, wildlife has also been spotted, and the light reflects on her back as she meanders through the woods, the results can be seen in this little film. As we clear the river, we clear the same detritus in ourselves, what a privilege it is to be part of this work. Please join us next time.

Rewilding Our River from andreas Kornevall on Vimeo.

Restoring A River Back To Health

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Our new campaign – Breathing Waterways, featuring Andreas Kornevall, Charlotte Still, Claire Whistler, Pete the Pond, Aaron Jangaard, and other volunteers.

The work we did on this river is essential as the polluted water run into the Pevensey Levels (county of Sussex) – a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), containing many of the UK’s rarest and endangered flower species and invertebrates, all especially vulnerable to pollution. The work is still ongoing and a new restoration date is planned sometime in April. (more later). Thank you all your supporters – the work has begun – lets keep going!

Here is a small film that was made of the day:

Bringing A River Back To Health from andreas Kornevall on Vimeo.

Breathing Waterways – people restoring urban streams and rivers

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

We want to clean up an ancient stream on the edge of town, in the local environment of Hailsham, East Sussex. The stream flows from the centuries old Common Pond in town and is now polluted with all kinds of rubbish and used engine oil.  The pollution has been dumped over time and is now slowly floating downstream by each season.  The stream is full of blackened plastic dams behind sodden brown mattress’, sofas bikes tv’s wheelie bins, toys, hoovers, cans and bottles.  It has become a toxic shock, which flows through woodland, round the trunks of old oak trees, through blackthorn thicket and out into the Pevensey Levels, an SSSI and Ramsar protected wetland site.

Our goal is to bring local people together to clean this small stream as a community event, and as a gift to the wild and the water.

To restore this stream, we need the support for: rental of 3 skips, large gloves for volunteers, refreshments, hire of community centre, printing costs, travel to and from the site, volunteer co-ordination and media work.  The total which comes to £3,065

If you would like to volunteer, please write to: info@earthrestorationservice.org – and if you would like to donate to this programme, please visit our just giving campaign: https://campaign.justgiving.com//charity/earthrestorationservice/breathingwater

We have produced a short film about the stream here:

Breathing Waterways – People Cleaning Urban Streams and Rivers from andreas Kornevall on Vimeo.

 

Andover Trees United win Observer Ethical Awards 2015

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

unnamedWe are delighted to see that community tree planting group Andover Trees United has won the 2015 Observer/ Guardian Ethical Awards, in the Ecover Young Green Champions Category.

In 2011, this group of Hampshire schools each set up tree nurseries through our School Tree Nursery Porgramme. In the following 4 years since, the group has grown to over 25 schools, who have planted thousands of trees into their local environment, many of which are donated by Earth Restoration Service each year. The group have also grown to be involved with other reforestation, community and environmental awareness programmes, and will hopefully continue to expand in the future. Please see below an extract from the Guardian Awards site, and to read the article click here.

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“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow” is a phrase nobody understands better than Andover Trees United. Established in 2011 by teacher Wendy Davis, the project’s aim was to ensure that every young person in the Hampshire town and surrounding area planted a tree in their school nursery bed, later moving it to a dedicated woodland space. “We wanted it to be something that would bring together the community,” says Oonagh Pope, 63, a retired teacher who helped Davis plant the very first batch of saplings at Portway Junior School. Since then 4,000 trees have been planted in Andover’s seven-acre Harmony Wood, and things show no sign of slowing down.”

ERS to support the Resurgence Poetry Prize 2015

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

site-logoEarth Restoration Service is the official charity for The Resurgence Poetry Prize, the world’s first major award for ecopoetry.

The Resurgence Poetry Prize is the world’s first major ecopoetry award. Three prizes will be awarded each year for original and previously unpublished ecopoems in English.  The inaugural 2015 Award has been announced, with a first prize of £5,000 for the best single poem embracing ecological themes, the award ranks amongst the highest of any English language single poem competition.

The Prize operates under the auspices of the Resurgence Trust, publishers of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine. The Poetry Archive, and the environmental charity Earth Restoration Service, are also associated with the Prize.

The competition Opens on 17th July and Closes on 1st November 2015

For more information on the prize and details on how to submit an entry, please visit www.resurgenceprize.org

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The best technology to save the world: trees

Monday, February 9th, 2015

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Oxford University scientists, after a year of research, have determined the best technology to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and try to reverse global warming.

It’s trees!

They considered methods ranging from capturing emissions from factories and power stations to extracting carbon dioxide directly from the air, and adding lime to oceans to increase their absorption of the gas, a study released on Tuesday showed.

None were more promising than planting trees, or baking waste wood to form a type of charcoal that can be added to soil. Relative to other so-called Negative Emissions Technologies, afforestation and biochar are low-cost, have fewer uncertainties and offer other benefits to the environment, the research shows.

More information here