The festive St Albans Business Biscotti networking event held on 10th December 2012 at Sopwell House attracted nearly sixty local businesses. (All photos courtesy of Media Circus Video Ltd)
Guests and members were shown just how easy it was to take part in our Pocket Full of Acorns project, which aims to plant a National Community Garden Forest. Greg Peachey, Chair of the FREdome Visionary Trust, brought apples, pears, plums, cherries & hazel nuts to give out to guests, together with a stash of used plastic carrier bags.
Greg invited people to take away some fruit, nuts or sycamore seeds from the Sopwell House grounds, put soil in a carrier bag, throw in the fruit cores or seeds followed by a bit more soil and leave them to germinate on their patios or wherever they will receive plentiful sunshine in the Spring.
THE Herts Advertiser has teamed up with a new project to stop coastal erosion which readers can support straight from their own back garden.
The FREdome Visionary Trust is encouraging people to pick up seeds they find such as acorns, seeds or nuts and nurturing them to saplings in a plastic carrier bag. After a couple of years the saplings will be ready to be taken to the seaside to create a “bioshield” to protect the coast.
In turn this also helps convert carbon emissions and waste into food and fuel, tackle the drought cycle and protect low-lying agricultural land prone to flooding and salt poisoning.
How to restore woodland habitats within a few years by growing a virtual garden forest in carrier bags in your garden. Andrew K Fletcher shows how to make trees ready to plant out on land that is subject to coastal erosion and destined to fall in the sea.
Business Biscotti networking has teamed up with Business Biscotti nationally to encourage its 22,000+ network of businesses to take part in the first step along a path to a proposed combined solution to today’s economic and environmental issues.
The environmental initiative begins with the planting of a National Community Garden Forest.
Read our press release: St Albans green vision means Business!
OASIS: Secretary of State clears way to funding application for pilot natural coastal defence scheme
We have recently received a letter from the Secretary of State for Defra, Owen Paterson.
Mr Paterson advises us to submit a funding application for a pilot demonstration of the Project OASIS natural coastal defence scheme.
For further information please read our press release:
Following the recent tragic death of Charlotte Blackman * caused by a coastal cliff landslide, we have asked the Departments of Environment and Health and Safety Executive for information on the following:
1. Any record of the number, location and severity of similar cliff hazards around the UK coast.
2. What finance is available to support community initiatives to stabilise coastal cliffs, in order to improve safety and help avoid further fatalities.
We also drew the attention of officials to the sustainable solution to coastal cliff hazards proposed at the public meeting in Happisburgh on Norfolk on 14th June: proven techniques of reducing cliff angles and stabilising with stone-filled gabions could be further strengthened by the roots of community-planted vegetation.
View this link for more information about our coastal erosion meeting at Happisburgh and the Pocketful of Acorns project: http://bit.ly/erosionmeeting
1. 22 year-old Charlotte Blackman from Heanor, Derbyshire, was on holiday with her family and boyfriend when part of a 160ft-high cliff collapsed sending 400 tonnes of rock plummeting on to the sand below. 24th July 2012 in Dorset (source Daily Telegraph)
2. The ‘Pocketful of Acorns’ project will be sponsored by the FREdome Visionary Trust to encourage public, coastal land owners and stakeholders in a tree seed gathering and planting scheme which benefits everyone concerned and communicates positive action that everyone can take part in. The aim of the project is to encourage the owners of land and property at risk of coastal erosion to allow these areas to be turned over for woodland and forestry, explaining the importance of coastal woodland for combating erosion and stabilising soil.