5 ways you can help the environment in the New Forest this weekend

Start your resolution to live more sustainably in the Lymington and New Forest area this weekend

There is no denying that human activity is having a major effect on the environment. And regardless of your own political viewpoint, it is high time that we all start to live in a more sustainable way, preserving as much as we can for future generations. 

That may mean thinking twice about purchasing something new - can you repair, recycle or upcycle instead? 

Here are five ways to help the environment in the New Forest this coming weekend:

New Forest Meeting Climate1. Find out more about the Climate Emergency

This Friday 8 November there is a meeting at Brockenhurst Village Hall about the Climate Emergency, which aims to equip everyone with plans for action that will benefit them, society and the environment.

Climate change is the greatest challenge of our times. It is vital that action is taken to avoid dangerous climate breakdown and damage to the natural world. Yet action also brings opportunities for energy independence, unpolluted water and air, reversing wildlife decline, better health for humans, liveable towns and cities, and jobs created in sustainable technologies.

Join local Environmental Consultant, Kate Chapman, and Paul Allen from the Centre for Alternative Technology for an interesting evening.

The meeting is free, but to attend please click Register here. Doors open 18:30 and there will be refreshments available.

Repair Cafe Lymington2. Repair rather than buy new

On Saturday 9 November come along to the Lymington Repair Café at Lymington Community Centre from 9.30am. 

This is an excellent opportunity to dig out any portable broken items you have and bring them along for repair and/or advice. The Lymington Repair Café is run by volunteers from the Transition Lymington group, following an idea that originated in Amsterdam in 2009 and has been rolling out in many other towns and cities since.

Have a cuppa and cake while you watch the repairers at work, most portable items are tackled, including electrical goods, sewing jobs, computers, jewellery, bikes... etc. Repairs and advice are free, but donations are welcomed.

And if you have any particular skills and think you could be of assistance, get in touch with the Transition Lymington team!

Jeans Genie Lymington

3. Repurpose rather than buy new

Also on Saturday 9 November come along to Jean Genie at Lymington Community Centre.

Jean Genie is all about repurposing! Take an old pair of jeans and make it into something new and exciting - such as handmade cards, decorations, key rings, bookmarks, pencil cases, bags, gift bags and wraps. A genius way to make gifts for Christmas - and to learn new skills and ideas to take home. The morning starts at 9.30am and costs just £3 per person.

The Transition Lymington volunteers will be on hand with lots of ideas and help (and of course there'll be tea, coffee and cake available too!) Children are welcome, but need to be accompanied.

4. Recycle rather than buy new

Forca boutique squareOn Saturday 9 November from 1-4pm, come along to the Força Preloved Boutique at Lymington Catholic Church, 132 High Street.

Local charity, Força - Strength Against Cancer will be selling 'pre-loved' ladieswear and children's clothing to raise funds for their projects that help local people living with cancer in the local area. As well as providing support to individuals, the charity runs the Nourish...by força programme at Lymington New Forest Hospital, providing nourishing meals to all receiving chemotherapy treatment.

This is an excellent opportunity to pick up some nearly new clothes in great condition - many leading brand names (Boden, Ralph Lauren, Zara, Gap, John Lewis...) and to help a local charity supporting local people at the same time. Most items will be priced £3 or two items for £5! 

5. Plant a tree!

Also on Saturday 9 November, from 10am-1pm, families are invited to plant a family tree at Hoburne Bashley.

Celebrate a birth, marriage, civil partnership or life of a relative this year with the planting of native trees from seed. You'll get the chance to collect and plant tree seeds (oak, beech, sweet chestnut, field maple, birch etc) with the view of taking two home to look after and grow on to plant in a couple of years time.

Collection of local seed is more sustainable then sourcing trees from elsewhere, they will be of local prominence and some taken from the more significant mature trees from the New Forest. You'll be shown how to grow the seeds in temporary and biodegradable newspaper pots. 

The New Forest National Park Tree and Ranger team will also be running activities such as pencil making, mulch bombing and storytelling. 

The event is free, with the Hoburne café will be open for hot drinks and refreshments.


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