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Great Big Green Week

The calendar of events is starting to take shape for Swale's Great Big Green Week, between 24th September - 2nd October 2022. Thank you to everyone that applied for funding to host events.

There is still time to apply to borrow litter picking equipment and organise a litter picking event in your area during the week. Email climate@swale.gov.uk to get involved.

Parish councils can also apply for £100 to support a climate, biodiversity or waste action event.

Great Big Green Streets - Saturday 1st October

Swale Borough Council is holding a Sustainable Transport Festival during ‘Great Big Green Week’ to help make local residents aware of their sustainable transport options, as part of our commitment for a net-zero borough by 2030. Attended by local bus companies, EV dealerships, the Energy Saving Trust and local cycling groups. Dr Bike will also be available for any bike fixing needs.

See electric vehicles up close from Vauxhall, Jeep, Fiat, Ford and more.

EventDetailsLocationDate & Time
Murston Heart Land Art FestivalConnect with the land using natural materials to create patterns and sculptures within this historically significant new creative community venue. Our work is to inspire and encourage people to connect with their creative selves. Free workshops led by Sioux Peto and Karen Crosby, materials supplied
creating works of Art using found natural objects from the grounds.
Murston Heart, Stadium Way, Murston ME10 3TW

11AM - 3PM
24th & 25th September, & 1st & 2nd October

Plastic Free Faversham's Climate CaféA safe space to come and share your feelings, worries, and concerns as well as your hopes and aspirations about the issues we are facing regarding climate and environmental change.Umbrella Centre, Faversham11AM - 1PM, Saturday 24th September
Faversham Climate RoadshowFind out more about climate action in Swale, including:
- pick up a free pollinator friendly plant
- get energy saving advice and devices for your home
- find out more about sustainable period products
- find out more about the Faversham car club
- learn about eCargo bikes
- visit the Community Wardrobe
- learn about recycling properly
- get involved with Swale Friends of the Earth
12 Market Place, Faversham9AM - 12PM, Saturday 24th September
Walk: Milton Through the AgesJoin this walk hosted by the Friends of Milton Regis Court Hall to learn more about  Milton through the ages, enjoying the local environment and getting active too. Milton Regis Court Hall10:30AM - 11:30AM, Saturday 24th September
Faversham Repair Café

Have you got kids with uniforms needing repair, toys needing fixing or computers not working properly?

For advice and repairs to all your clothing, computers, jewellery and leather items, visit Repair Café - Faversham and talk to our team of friendly, helpful volunteers.....

REPAIRERS ON THE DAY:

* Clothing & Textiles - Vanessa

* Computers/IT - Alan

* Electronic & Mechanical - Kev

* Leatherwork - Jess

* Jewellery - Deborah

* Software and Clothing & Textiles - Clare

All we ask is for a donation for every repair attempted so Repair Café - Faversham's volunteers can keep helping the community!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Age UK, Selling Road, Faversham9AM-12PM, Saturday 24th September
Retrofit Open HouseCome and see what retrofitting your house would actually look like, and find out how much you could save by doing so! Speak to the homeowners themselves about the process and receive advice about different the different options available, potential grant funding and planning permission. This property has retrofitted external and internal solid wall insulation, solar hot water and two Passivhaus external doors, as well as shutters on the lower and upper ground floors. Book your place here.St Ann's Road, Faversham10AM -2PM, Sunday 25th September
GBGW at Children & FamiliesA series of interactive family fun days, bringing together local services and organisations to promote the benefits of greener initiatives to local residents of Swale.Seashells, Rose Street, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 1AWMonday 26th - Friday 30th September
Eco Ride on Sheppey with the School Games OrganiserTake part in bike rides across the island to learn more about local bike paths, with a chance to get your bike repaired if needed.TBCMonday 26th - Friday 30th September
Sheppey Climate RoadshowFind out more about climate action in Swale, including:
- pick up a free pollinator friendly plant
- get energy saving advice and devices for your home
- find out more about sustainable period products
- learn about recycling properly
Sheerness Market9AM - 11AM, Tuesday 27th September
B-Well Walk at Milton Creek Country ParkThe B-Well Walking group meet every Wednesday at 10.15am outside Holy Trinity Church, Green Porch Close. Join the group on GBGW to take a fairly gentle walk around the beautiful Milton Creek Country Park and the surrounding area. Walks last about 1hr. Everyone is welcome. No need to book, just turn up at 10.15am for a 10.30am start. Sensible footwear is recommended and come dressed appropriately for the weather. Dogs on leads are also welcome as are children.Green Porch Close, Sittingbourne

10:15AM - 11:30AM, Wednesday 28th September

NetZero Networking Ride

NetZero Networking is a new initiative that aims to connect socially and environmentally minded leaders from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in Kent through active, outdoor, sustainable events.

This cycle ride will enable you to get some fresh air and exercise, whilst meeting and chatting with like-minded business leaders and enjoying the lovely Kent countryside.

You don't have to be super fit or an expert cyclist to join us. But you will need a reasonable level of fitness, basic bike handling skills and a roadworthy bike. 8-12 mile ride.

Participants can stay on after the ride and buy lunch at Macknade.

Book your place here.

Macknade, Faversham

10.30AM meet for Introductions and Bike/Kit check, Wednesday 28th September

Brogdale CIC Walled Garden Open DayThe Walled Garden in Faversham was formerly a Victorian/Edwardian garden. Now used by BCIC as a place to teach young disabled people about horticulture and creative crafts, the site has no electricity or mains drainage. The site uses green energy from solar panels, has a compost toilet and water is drawn from a bore hole in the ground. We opened the garden last year for the first time and would like to open again to show people how the transformation from overgrown jungle to Edwardian garden and Victorian kitchen garden is coming along.King George V Recreation Ground, Faversham10AM - 5PM, Wednesday 28th September
Kent Businesses Go Electric!Join the Energy Saving Trust to find out more about electric vehicles. Learn about types, charging options, financial incentives available and the benefits of an ultra-low emission company vehicle. Book your place here.Register for online webinar.1PM, Thursday 29th September
Youth Climate Competition11-16 years olds are being encouraged to enter the climate competition to tell us how they would spend £500! Find out more here. Successful groups will be invited to present their pitch to councillors in the chamber at Swale House. Find out more here.Swale House, Sittingbourne, ME10 3HT

4PM - 6PM, Thursday 29th September

Great Big Green Week Business Networking Event

The event will take place at Sweeep Kuusakoski, and will include presentations about the latest funding available locally for energy efficiency.  There will also follow a tour of Sweeep Kuusakoski where you can see the advanced technology which the company employs as part of the recycling process.

We will be sending further details in the next few weeks; but in the meantime, we just wanted to alert you to this upcoming event as we realise how quickly diaries can become full at this time of the year.

Sweeep Kuusakoski, Gas Road, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 2QB8AM - 10AM, Friday 30th September
Queenborough Climate RoadshowFind out more about climate action in Swale, including:
- pick up a free pollinator friendly plant
- get energy saving advice and devices for your home
- find out more about sustainable period products
- learn about recycling properly
Queenborough10AM - 12PM, Friday 30th September
Abbey Physic Open GardenCome and visit this hidden gem in Faversham. Learn more about the gardening methods used, the wellbeing benefits and other activities run by this brilliant charity.Abbey Physic Community Gardens, Abbey Place, Faversham, ME13 7BG10AM - 2PM, Friday 30th September
Great Big Green StreetsSwale Borough Council is holding a Sustainable Transport Festival during ‘Great Big Green Week’ to help make local residents aware of their sustainable transport options, as part of our commitment for a net-zero borough by 2030. Attended by local bus companies, EV dealerships, the Energy Saving Trust and local cycling groups. High Street, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 3HT

9AM - 3PM, Saturday 1st Oct

Swale Friends of the Earth Creek CleanJoin Swale Friends of the Earth to litter pick around the creek. All equipment will be provided.Faversham Creek10AM - 2PM, Sunday 2nd October
Retrofit Open HouseCome and see what retrofitting your house would actually look like, and find out how much you could save by doing so! Speak to the homeowners themselves about the process and receive advice about different the different options available, potential grant funding and planning permission. Pheasant Barn is a Grade II listed barn conversion, with solar PV and EV charging installed. Book your place here. Oare, Faversham10AM - 2PM, Sunday 2nd October
Open Day - Grow Your Own Food & Garden SustainablyInvestigate ways to garden & grow your own food that help protect nature, and tackle climate change, at Lynsted Community Kitchen Garden.Lynsted Park House, Lynsted, Sittingbourne, KENT ME9 0JHSunday 2nd October