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Oxygen-starved Athens to invest in forestation

May 3, 2013

Did you know more and more rich Athenians are buying oxygen pods to keep their brains clear?

That’s why Eliniko Oxygen is raising money to invest in a major installation of the only known technology that converts excess atmospheric Carbon Dioxide into oxygen.

Find out about this innovation at the website:

Eliniko Oxygen founder, international environmental capitalist,  Pano Kroko,  attended our first parliamentary meeting in 2010 when we presented the Operation OASIS solution.

Its good to see him putting belief into action: where empires and great cities  have failed – you see one consistent pattern of human behaviour that precedes it – deforestation.

We salute you Pano – and wish you all the best for your new venture.

Will the age of global restoration begin in the cradle of civilisation?

reforested runway

Former Hellinikon airport will be covered in trees see

Desertification is spreading – time to tackle a real threat to world populations?

April 18, 2013
Drought in Spain

Southern Spain could be a future target area for an Operation OASIS demonstration in Europe

Severe land degradation is now affecting 168 countries across the world, according to new research released by the UN Desertification Convention (UNCCD). Shrinking resources mean contracting economies and more money wasted on conflict.

Operation OASIS is a reforestation project supported by the FREdome Visionary Trust. We have the technology and the resources to initiate large scale reforestation starting in the coastal regions of Africa. This is is an idea of a British inventor and naturalist Andrew K Fletcher.

Time to put all our climate science, oceanography, meteorology, agriculture, hydrology, soil science and ecology knowledge into practice and get scientists working on a major colloborative initiative to restore growth.


Business Biscotti on Monday with 2 more bonus extras

March 8, 2013
St Albans Business Biscotti Guests

We like to keep our Business Biscotti guests delighted with our talking points! Photo: Courtesy of Paul McGechan

It’s going to be a cracking Business Biscotti at Sopwell House on Monday: As well as a bellydancing show from Vasoula,  we have two more bonus items:

11.30 am  – a free seminar on ‘How to Grow & Monetise your Network’

12.30 am – a chance to tour the hotel’s leisure facilities & renovations so far.

Ours is one of the best-attended networking events in St Albans, with 50-70 businesses large and small from all over Herts, even some in South Beds and North London. Always a mix of new faces and faithful regulars.
No membership fees, meeting fees or venue hire charge – just £4 to cover your coffee and biscuits. Wander round informally, chat and make relevant business connections.
It all starts at 9.30 am. See you there…

Business Biscotti is business networking at its best, its FREE to join online and FREE to visit offline.

Something remarkable: Business Biscotti St Albans, Sopwell House, March 11 9.30 – 11.30 am

March 6, 2013

Dancer in swirling pink and blue outfit

We are looking forward to the next Business Biscotti event – due to feature an interlude from Biscotti attendee, Vasoula Christodoulou.

As well as being the owner of Nirvana Spirit, a traditional Reiki Master & Teacher, and Karate black belt,  Vasoula is a trained bellydancer who performs in venues around Hertfordshire and North London. She has agreed to give us a free show halfway through the morning!

It has become traditional at St Albans to include a brief interlude during each meeting to communicate something relevant in an entertaining way and create a conversation piece. If we all came networking only to find customers, what we gain would be quite limited. There is potential for so much more – referrals,  valuable feedback, better suppliers, collaborators, advocates… We can find advocates by, for example, doing someone a favour or doing something remarkable so people will remember us and talk about us. On Monday we will have a spectacular example…

We welcome all local business representatives to our informal networking meeting which attracts up to 60 contacts in Hertfordshire, South Beds and North London. It’s held on the second Monday of every month in the delightful surroundings of Sopwell House in the newly refurbished restaurant.

Come and meet new connections in the heart of Hertfordshire.

NO membership fees

NO pressure

Just the cost of your coffee.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Greg, Jeff, Simbo, Dave and Suzanne

Visit our Business Biscotti page!

Tips for growing fruit tree and sycamore saplings from seed

February 8, 2013

By Greg  Peachey, Chair of the FREdome Visionary Trust, owner of the FREdome Hub and Business Biscotti Ambassador. Business Biscotti has partnered with FREdome to promote the planting of a National Garden Forest.  
At the December meeting of the Fredome-sponsored Business Biscotti group at the luxurious Sopwell House in St Albans a groundsman showed me a plentiful supply of sycamore seeds lying amidst fallen leaves under a row of trees at the edge of the side car park.
I brought some of these sycamore seeds into the meeting to give out with the fruit and plastic carrier bags. I also made this picture to help you spot them.
Growing trees has never been so easy. Next time you visit simply gather sycamore seeds from under the trees in Sopwell House. You do not even have to pick out the seeds. Simply scoop them up together with the fallen leaves, which will provide nourishing leaf humus for the growing seedlings. Aaron told me that they already have more than enough trees in the Sopwell House grounds, so they would welcome any help to take seedlings away, especially for a good cause.
You can also grow trees from your fruit left-overs at home, but when buying, please check that the packaging says that it has been grown in England. I have found supermarket staff to be very helpful on this point. After the winter you will be able to go out and salvage very young self-seeded trees.
In a couple of years’ time, the saplings grown in people’s carrier bags will be ready to transplant to local woodland or taken to the seaside to places such as Happisburgh, where the coastline is eroding at an alarming 12 metres a year. Sycamore saplings will be particularly valuable as they are moderately salt-tolerant.
For more information on the project, please contact me Greg Peachey at

60 + turnout for St Albans Business Biscotti – despite atrocious weather

January 15, 2013
Greg Peachey and Lauren Harvey

Greg and Lauren Harvey of Freedom Sites with an illustration of the National Garden Forest.










A great turnout from Herts/London/Beds to St Albans Business Biscotti yesterday.
A very lively meeting with nearly sixty businesses there despite the snow!
I see that an Edinburgh scientist has made national news by photo-editing trees out of paintings by artists such as Constable to draw attention to global de-forestation. We want our potential solution to global de-forestation to make national news also!
To get started, all you need do is throw your fruit cores into a used plastic carrier bag of soil in your garden and let them grow. Click here for more info.
Zak tells me that after the meeting he found a black telescopic umbrella left in a plant pot. If this wasn’t intended as a contribution to the project in terms of growing an umbrella tree, please collect it from Lost Property in the Hotel!
Don’t forget to join our St Albans Biscotti LinkedIn group. Following last time’s Festive song, we floated the idea of a regular 2-min party piece from the floor during the interlude. The jury’s still out on that one – please add your comments to the online discussion…
All that remains is to wish you a very Successful New Year! See you on Mon 11th Feb 2013 in Sopwell House…
Greg Peachey
Founder & Chair – The FREdome Visionary Trust (Showing the way to sustainable growth)
Business Development Director – The FREdome Hub (Telemarketing for networkers)
Jeff Barnes (Grosvenor Beaumont Financial Services)
Lauren Harvey (FreedomSites)
David Grant (J D Enterprises)
Simbo Nuga (Practical Financial Detox)

Business Biscotti – Next meeting on 14 January 9.30 am at Sopwell House

January 10, 2013

Ambassadors taking a brief break from the coffee. Left  to Right Suzanne, Simbo, Greg, Jeff, Dave and Lauren

FREdome Visionary Trust sponsors the St Albans chapter of the Business Biscotti.
The purpose is informal networking for local businesses. We have  attendees from a wide catchment area of North London to East and West Herts, and as far North as Bedfordshire. The meetings are ably hosted by a team of Ambassadors who represent Business Biscotti and their own businesses, while supporting the aims of the Trust.  We look forward to meeting friends who would like to come along and make business connections with like minds at this luxurious Hertfordshire venue.

Time : 9.30 to 11.30 am

Place: The library at Sopwell House

Cost £4.00 (coffee and bics)

Plenty of free parking!


Local businesses encouraged to get involved in A Pocket Full of Acorns

January 4, 2013

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)

networking at Business Biscotti

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. Image

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. Image

We look forward to hearing news of the seedlings progress.Image Image



Herts Advertiser adds support to seedlings project

January 3, 2013

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.


Seedlings need nurture

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.

Download the page from the Herts Advertiser website.

Festive Business Biscotti 10 December Sopwell House

December 7, 2012

Festive Biscotti

The Venue

Venue: Sopwell House – Hotel, Country Club & Spa
Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 2HQ

As event sponsors, FREdome Visionary Trust is  delighted once again to invite you to the the next St Albans Business Biscotti networking event.
It will take place at the Sopwell House – Hotel, Country Club & Spa – possibly the most prestigious and historical venue in St Albans – on Mon 10th December between 9.30am and 11.30am.
One of the best attended networking events, with businesses large and small from St Albans, Elstree, Borehamwood, Shenley, Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Harpenden, Redbourn, Potters Bar, Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage and Hatfield – in fact from towns all over Herts, even some in South Beds and North London.
No membership fees, meeting fees or venue hire charge – just enough to cover your coffee and biscuits. Also no agenda – just wander round informally, chat and make connections with relevant business people.
Please bring any colleagues along.
We look forward to seeing you there…

Greg Peachey (The FREdome Hub), Jeff Barnes (Grosvenor Beaumont Financial Services), Lauren Harvey (Freedom Sites), David Grant (Momentis) & Simbo Nuga (Practical Financial Detox)

St Albans Biscotti is sponsored by the Herts-based FREdome Visionary Trust, which is proposing a combined solution to today’s economic and environmental concerns.