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Diary
last updated 23rd June


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and alternate Saturdays
Grozone, 10am - 3pm. Bring lunch and suitable clothing, drinks provided, tools there. Whalley Road, Northwich (under the bridge from Vickersway Park, or opposite the bottom gate of St Helen's cemetery). Grozone calendar. Info: Andy, 01606 723168, andy.martin@groundworkcheshire.org.uk

Know someone with anxiety or depression? Free horticultural therapy courses at Grozone. Sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays, 1-3pm, start whenever you like. Reasonable travel expenses paid. Lots of places to shelter if it’s wet. See Grozone website.

Weekly:

Incredible Edibles Winsford in action,  working on Over Rec (Tues, 10am) and Wharton Rec (Thurs, 10am), Greenfields Community Garden (10am, Thurs and Sat). Info: agaskilljones[at]winsford.gov.uk. On Facebook.
First Sunday each month:
CWT Working Parties, working up a good appetite for lunch by removing aggressive plants, clearing pathways and ponds etc, from 10am on CWT's reserves. Tools and supervision provided. Contact Harold Fielding, 01606 882529

Second Saturdays - Northwich Artisan Market. Website; and teenage market, Oct 2015, Feb and May 2016
Last Saturdays - Middlewich Makers' Market
Last Sunday the month
Marshall’s Army, doing maintenance and management of Marshall’s Arm nature reserve (usually; not December). Meet 10am at the far end of Stones Manor Lane, at the turning circle or flagpole.  Contact Richard, audandrich[at]tiscali.co.uk
Nature Tots, for 2-5 year olds. Arts, crafts, wildlife and the great outdoors. 2 sessions Tuesdays 23rd May, 6th and 13th June at Marbury Park. 10am to 11am or 11.30 to 12.30. £18 for 6 week blocks. Booking essential. Info: Robyn Moseley, rmoseley[at]cheshirewt.org.uk, 07837 988466, book on www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on, or direct link.
Friends of Anderton and Marbury Photographic Workshops (June and July 2017)
Two workshops, content and dates to be confirmed, led by Simon Davies in Marbury Country Park. £10 per workshop. Booking essential. 6 pm, Rangers’ Cabin/Marbury Lodge. To find out more and to book a place contact: Jim Jeeves 01606 77688


Listen in online
21st Century Permaculture Radio Show - interviewing Nick Boyce on Permaculture in Peru. A number of shows talking about Permaculture Day. Interspersed with some classic funk. Online radio show on Shoreditch Radio. If you miss a broadcast, listen at your leisure on www.Mixcloud.com/21stCenturyPermaculture

2017 Events

(in grey: expected events that have happened before)

6, 13, 20 April
Love my River Northwich volunteer day, “will continue with our programme of River Walkover Surveys and 'Citizen Science' water quality monitoring on the River Weaver, River Dane and their tributary streams around Northwich”. Meet at Grozone, 10am – 4pm. More info. Group on facebook.

Sat 17th June
Home Grown in Holmes Chapel Dig-In: meet on the patio by the carpet shop from 10am. Info: sue[at]amitch.co.uk.

Sat 17th June
Gifting Place, an exercise in finding uses for the useless. Help members of Transition Northwich sort and dismantle unwanted items, take away anything you feel could be useful to yourself. This time at Grozone's Great Get Together. Music and heaps more - see Northwich Guardian article. 12-2.30pm. Event on facebook.

19-24 June
Small Charities Week
. The UK has over 166,000 small charities, set up to help make a difference to people’s lives. Each year 4,000 will be forced to close their doors because they lack the skills to fundraise, network and build strong organisations. Nearest events in Wrexham, Braford and Shrewsbury. Find out more at http://www.smallcharityweek.com/

20 + 21 Jun Cheshire Show. website.
19 - 25 June
Refugee Week
is a unique opportunity to discover and celebrate the contributions refugees bring to the UK. During Refugee Week loads of events take place all across the UK, all of which explore refugee experiences. Whatever youre into - whether its arts, music, food or just meeting people in your local area - Refugee Week will have an event for you. Find out more at http://www.refugeeweek.org.uk/

Thurs 22 June - Sun 2 July
Lymm Festival 2017. Music and Dance, Comedy and Drama, Spoken Word, Food and Drink, The Arts, Walks, talks, cruises and a garden party for families with a teddy bear trail and poetry and stories. Loads free, more than 20 different venues around the village. www.lymmfestival.org.uk 

Sat 24th June
Liverpool MakeFest, free, family friendly festival celebrating all things ‘makey’. It's open to all ages and with over a 100 stalls showcasing technology, creations, inventions and gadgets as well as hands-on activities, workshops and demonstrations including, coding, hacking and robotics, it's a place to become inspired. Liverpool Central Library. Website. Book on Eventbrite

Sat 24th June
Wirral Environment Network’s Garden Open Day, Falkland Road, Wallasey, CH44 8ER. 12 – 3pm. Refreshments, plant and veg sale, quiz for all, fun activities etc. Wheelchair access friendly. Donations welcomed and appreciated. See WEN website.

Sat 24th June
Wilmslow Wells for Africa - Open Gardens. 19 gardens open their gates for viewing, all for adult £12 ticket (£10 advance); 10.30am - 4.30pm. Includes Pete Woollam's organic and decorative food and woodwork production facility, and others with wildlife ponds, bog garden, fruit and veg, woodland, wild orchids and model railway; many serving teas and cakes, also plant sales. See http://www.wilmslowwells.org/
Sat 24th June (also 9th Sept, 4th Nov)
Visit Hockerton Housing Project, an earth-sheltered row of homes designed to use the Sun’s energy to full effect. Learn from the residents what they’re like to live in, or get an insight into sustainable living. Near Nottingham. £20 (student and family tickets also available). Book on Eventbrite.

Sat 24th June

Acton Bridge Scarecrow Trail, Summer Party and Prize Draw, 11am - 4pm in the Parish Rooms. On facebook.
24+25 June
Arley Garden Festival: Floral Marquee, plant nurseries and display gardens, Garden tours and question time, horticultural accessories, food, crafts, music, schools flowerbed challenge. 10am - 5pm. Advance tickets £11.50 (over 60 £10.50, groups more than15, £9); gate tickets much dearer! More details on Arley website, along with other events.

Sat 24 and Sun 25 June
Pretty Muddy 5K and 10K (Sat) / RFL 5K and 10K (Sun), Tatton Park, Knutsford. Cancer Research UK Race for Life sign up to help beat cancer. www.raceforlife.org.uk

Sun 25 June
The Chester Dragon Boat Festival, River Dee, Chester. 10am opening ceremony / Free to watch. A day of challenge, fun, excitement and competition on the banks of the River Dee. www.chesterdragonboatfestival.co.uk
Sun 25 June
Heathland Heritage, Lindow Common. 10am- 12 / All ages/ (under 16s free), booking essential. Stroll around Lindow Common Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) incorporating both history and natural history. 01625 383700/ www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/rangers 

Mon 26th June
Home Grown in Holmes Chapel Meeting: 8pm, Old Red Lion. Info: sue[at]amitch.co.uk.

Tues 27th June
Organic Vegetables. Talk by Derek Jones. With Weaverham and District Gardeners, 7.30pm, University Primary Academy Weaverham, Northwich Road, (was Wallerscote Primary School). Website.

Tues 27 and Wed 28 June
Summer Deer Walk, Tatton Park, Knutsford. 7 - 9pm / Age 8+ / £10, booking essential. Join the rangers for guided evening walks of the summer parkland and, if lucky, see new-born calves and fawns. 01625 374428 / www.tattonpark.org.uk

29 June – 2 July
Rustic Music and Arts Festival, Dutton. Tickets £30 adult (under 16s free) per day; weekend and family tickets include camping. Includes Lindisfarne on Saturday. See http://www.rusticfest.com
Last Fridays
Bike Friday – led commuter rides on the last Friday of the month, Greater Manchester 8 to 8:45am. See ManchesterFoE website, where you'll find lots more rides and cycle maintenance workshops.

30 June – 2 July
Resurgence Live: building community – sharing solutions. A weekend of talks, workshops, music, storytelling, poetry and craft. Near Malvern, Worcs. Adults £140, 12-16 yrs £120. Onsite camping, bell tents and yurts available. www.resurgence.org/summercamp.

Sat 1st July
Wildflower Walk in Anderton Nature Park. A guided walk to view the many summer wildflowers. Meet 10am Anderton Nature Park car park. Info: Mary Jeeves 01606 77688

Sat 1st July
Scything Workshop. Learn this environment friendly heritage skill, a quiet alternative to strimming, on National Meadows Day. 10am – 4pm, Marbury Park. Places limited, booking essential: info[at]saltscape.co.uk to book your place. See Saltscape website.

Sat 1st July
Open Wildlife Garden, Clemley House, Tarporley. In support of CWT. See CWT website.

1 July
Northwich Carnival
, with parade on Saturday and car boot Sunday. Entertainments and competitions. Check Northwich TC website.
1-9 July
Climate Coalition Week of Action. Organise events in your local area and invite your MP to join in: nature walks, tea parties, community energy visits… See https://weekofaction.org.uk

Sun 2nd July
Dragon’s Den. Discover the Dragonflies and Damselflies that live in and around Marshall's Arm. Watch them on the wing and water, learn about their life-cycle and have a go at identifying them. 2-4pm. Meet at Heron's Gate, Saxon's Lane
(levelish access) entrance to the Reserve. Contact: Anthony 01606 853099
Mons 24th April, 22nd May, 3rd July
Northwich Woodlands Wildlife Walks. In conjunction with the Workers’ Educational Association, a series of three 2 hr walks. We will visit some areas in Northwich Woodlands, normally inaccessible to the public, enabling patient wildlife enthusiasts to look at the flora and fauna. Meet 10am Rangers Cabin / Marbury Lodge. We will then travel using our own transport to other areas. Bring boots or stout shoes and wet weather clothing. Info: Dave James on 01606 77741 or email: david.james[at]cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Mon 3rd July (first Mondays)
Mid-Cheshire Beekeepers. 7.30pm, Hartford Methodist Church Hall, £1. Webpage. Info: Dave Curbishley, 01606 330796, curdv[at]aol.com
Sun 2nd July
Frodsham Festival in the Park, Castle Park, Frodsham. http://frodsham.gov.uk/2017/05/festival-in-the-park-2nd-july-2017/
Anytime, but summer term probably best: Oxfam Water Week is for schools, for 7-14 year olds. It is a great opportunity for children and young people to learn, explore and change the world for the better. Oxfam has developed Water Week with teachers to be educational, fun and interactive. Young people decide how they want to take action. They can raise money to help families in Niger manage scarce water resources, and can call on world leaders to do their bit too. Find out more on the Oxfam Water Week website
29 June -16 July
Manchester International Festival, lots of arts, but also a couple of years ago (not repeated) The Biospheric Project - ideas of how to include food growing in our cities. It was at Irwell House, East Philip St, Salford M3 7LE. MIF website . Green MIF, how eco-friendly the event is.
Thurs 6th July
Green Drinks - Liverpool, (5:30pm - 7:30pm). Regular first Thursday meeting. Doctor Duncan’s, St Johns Lane Queens Square, Liverpool L1 1HF.
7-9 July
Seed Festival, Hawkwood College, Stroud. Talks, workshops, music, art, poetry, lifeskills. £69 before 1st June. www.seedfestival.co.uk.

7-9 July
Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank. Music - Science and Tech - Comedy - Cosmic Culture - Films/Gaming - Food and Drink. Weekend Tickets: £159 / Day Tickets: £59. http://www.discoverthebluedot.com/.

Sat 8th July
FoAM Music in the Park. FoAM’s celebration of Summer in the Park. Bring your own picnic or food to barbecue. From 5 pm Marbury Country Park. Info: Sandra Head 01606 212264

Sat 8th July (2nd Saturdays)
Artisan Market (with Art and Craft Market at Artwork Studios) + Teenager Market, Northwich. Anyone wishing to sell in Art and Craft Market at Artwork Studios, Station Road - you'll need P+PL insurance - contact Carolyn, 07848 008145. For the main stallholders check http://www.themarketco.co.uk/. Check for next teenager market - see http://theteenagemarket.co.uk/town/northwich/.
 
8th July
Moulton Crow Fair, Main Road playing field.

Sun 9th July
Plant Hunters’ Fair, Abbeywood Gardens, Delamere, CW8 2HS, 10am – 5pm, fair and gardens £3. See PHF website.

Tues 10th July
Transition Northwich meeting, in The Salty Dog, 7pm. Group on facebook. Website. Northwichtransition[at]yahoo.com 

Sun 9th July
Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride
, 60 miles, £19.80 + transport. See http://www.bike-events.co.uk
Second Thursdays
EcoHome Lab: Monthly meetup and skill share, 5.30 - 8pm, MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. Now a regular monthly slot - second Thursdays at MadLab. A hangout for people taking control of their home energy usage and generation. We use open-source hardware and software to gain a better understanding of energy in our homes, how to make the best use of the energy we generate and reduce energy wasted. Each month we'll expand on our understanding and continue to integrate the open source energy monitoring and whole house energy assessment tools in to different areas of Carbon Co-op's development. See website. 
15th July - 7th Aug 2016
Big Butterfly Count. Download an ID chart, spend 15 minutes in the sunshine and log your sightings at www.bigbutterflycount.org Log your recordings by end of Aug
15-17 July 2016
Foodies’ Festival, Tatton Park, See www.foodiesfestival.com
15+16 July 2016
AECB-ADAPT Conference, at the Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia, a bold low impact building with thatched walls. Programme TBA. Non-members £275+VAT, accommodation £38+VAT. See http://www.aecb.net/featured/aecb-conference-2016/
Sat 15th July
Composting workshop: for people who want to start composting, or who are already composting but unsuccessfully. The workshop is light and informal, delivered by the Cheshire Waste Reduction Volunteers, who work on behalf of Keep Britain Tidy and Cheshire West and Chester council. 11am – 1pm, Barnton Library, £3. Book on Eventbrite

Sat 15th July
Over Allotments Open Day, Moss Bank, Winsford, something new each year. Typically cakes, preserves and produce for sale, BBQ and refreshments, beekeeping, snail racing, Incredible Edibles Winsford, scarecrow trail (thanks to Winsford schools), tombola, raffle, tool sharpening, allotment paintings, learn how to grow-your-own-at-home. Free entry, 10am - 4pm. Access via Moss Bank or Alexandra Street, Winsford see www.overallotments.co.uk
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23rd June, 15th July
Graduate School of the Environment Open Days at CAT, Machynlleth. June is MSc Sustainable Food and Natural Resources, July date is all their MSc courses. See http://gse.cat.org.uk/open-day or email Shereen at gsmo[at]cat.org.uk. There’s a bursary possibility for a postgrad with a passion for tackling climate change and an excellent academic record: http://gse.cat.org.uk/scholarship.

Sat 15 July - Sun 27 Aug
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Grosvenor Park. For details on productions visit www.grosvenorparkopenairtheatre.co.uk
 

Sun 16th July
Walk for Wildlife – Snowdonia Challenge, 6 stages, 6 riddles, 6 sets of clues. In aid of wildlife – sponsorship and entrance fee required. A walking/driving/riddle solving team exercise. Other walks available. See https://www.walking4wildlife.com.

Wed 19th July
The History of Winsford. Well-known historian Tony Bostock will be delving into Winsford’s industrial past, giving us insight into the salt industry and how it’s carved what Winsford is today! Start at the Red Lion, Wharton Road. 7.30 – 8.30pm, free. Places limited, booking essential: info[at]saltscape.co.uk. See Saltscape website.

Thurs 20th July
Friends of the Earth Food monthly meeting - Manchester (6:30pm - 8pm). Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE. Regular 3rd Thursday food meetings. 

19 - 23 July
RHS Tatton Show
. See RHS website

22 - 24 July 2016
Blackthorn Music Festival: a fundraiser for Cheshire Wildlife Trust at Whitebottom Farm, Etherow Country Park, Compstall, Stockport. See festival website

Sat 8-15 April, 22-29 July, 29 July - 5 Aug, 12-19 Aug
Eco Week Camps, for 8-15 year olds to 'save the planet, play games, sing songs, make friends and cook amazing chocolate cakes' at the Kilquhanity (SW Scotland, Easter) Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth (first 2 summer weeks) and Hagg Farm (Peak District). £325. See http://www.ecoweek.org.uk/
23rd-31st July 2016
National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2016
, Sea Watch Foundation, UK. Take part in the National Whale and Dolphin Watch to aid scientific research into whales and dolphins around the UK coast - Wirral shores included, see Hilbre trip on 28 July. Experience not required. See EnvironmentJob website.


Wed 27th July 2016
Nantwich Show, Dorfold Park
Holiday Pond Dipping and Bug Hunting
Pond Dipping: 28th July, 1st, 11th, 15th, 25th and 29th Aug
Bug Hunting: 25th July, 4th, 8th, 18th, 22nd Aug and 1st Sept
Come and help the Rangers explore and find the bugs and beasties that lurk in Marbury. Morning sessions only, each Tues and Fri of the holidays. Booking Only. Info: Dave James or Chris Moseley 01606 77741 or email: marbury[at]cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
 

Thurs 27th July
Best Practice in British High Streets, Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), in partnership with Marketing Cheshire, is hosting an evening to give all partners involved in developing Cheshire’s high streets the opportunity to hear from speakers that have been working in areas such as working together, and offering retail, leisure and community facilities. Free, 6-8pm, Northwich Memorial Court (the Iceberg). Book on Eventbrite.

28 July - 1 Aug 2016
Peace News Summer Camp 2016: workshops and discussions, practical skills sessions, delicious vegan food cooked by Veggies, films, fun and DIY entertainment, a bar, a campfire, and activities and facilities for children and families. Speakers include Professor Paul Rogers of Bradford School of Peace Studies. 5 day family friendly camp. In the grounds of Crabapple Community, Berrington, Shrewsbury. £20-£135 registration. Under-14s £5-£30. £6-£12 per day for food. On Peace News website.
Sat 29th July
Wings around Winsford. On this bat walk with local ecologist Jeff Clarke you will learn about these nocturnal mammals and get to see and hear them feeding and moving about in the dark. Free. Places limited, booking essential: info[at]saltscape.co.uk. 9-10pm, Winsford Lower Flash. See Saltscape website.

29+30 July
Community Fun Day, Vickersway Park, Northwich, 10am – 5pm. See GoNorthwich website.

29-30 July
WoodfestWales (Gwyl Coed Cymru)
, Caerwys, N Wales (on the A55). Timber sports, chainsaw carving, timber framing, woodcrafts and tools, forestry, cookery and Welsh food, mountain bike challenge, tree and pole climbing competitions. 9am - 6pm. Various tickets: adult one-day £13.19, children £3.10). See https://www.woodfestcountryshow.co.uk/

Sat 30th July 2016 (last Saturday of July)
Holmes Chapel Gooseberry Club Showday, Victoria Club Main Hall, 1pm to about 5pm. Free to view, gooseberries on display in the bar after the show. Club founded in 1834, it’s now one of 9 in the country, 8 of which are in Cheshire. Club and/or show info: David Monks 01477 532935, Malcolm Quayle 01477 533561 (from http://www.hcpartnership.org.uk/interestgrps.html)  
Sun 30th July
Natural Dyes. Day course learning what plants to use and how to produce your very own natural dyes. 9.30am – 3.30pm, Thorn Wood, Weaverham. Places limited, booking essential: info[at]saltscape.co.uk. See Saltscape website.

Sun 30th July
London Permaculture Festival, Camden, 11am - 6pm, £6 (£4 concs). Intro to permaculture, soil management, making a living, edible landscape, forest gardening, spiritual ecology, urban composting, straw bale building, hens, fermenting foods, make solar panels and wooden bikes, and more. http://www.londonpermaculturefestival.com/

30+31 July 2016
Vickersway Community Fun Day, Vickersway Park, Northwich, 10am - 6pm
31 July - 6 Aug 2015
Dig the City. City centre garden show - all sorts going on in Manchester! See http://www.digthecity.co.uk/show-gardens/
4-7 Aug 2016
Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire. Music, food and cookery classes, debates, art and craft workshops, mind and body care, outdoor pursuits. More Information: www.wildernessfestival.com
3-6 August 
The Green Gathering, Chepstow, Monmouthshire. 'rediscover ancient skills in our Crafts area and explore pathways to future sustainability with Permaculture and Transition. Talk with key speakers from the Green movement and engage in lively debate at the Green Forum venue; inform yourselves about current issues and causes with groups in the Campaigns area.' £95 adults, £75 16-17s, 11-15 £55, under 11 free. http://www.greengathering.org.uk.

6+7 August 2016
Open Organic Garden: Peter Woollam’s at Hough Lane, Alderley Edge (see map). A half-acre ornamental kitchen garden, 200 different edibles, including vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers. Also the beginning of a forest garden (planting started 2005). Home made jam for sale, plus green oak and willow furniture. See a 2009 Review. Admission £2 with proceeds to Garden Organic. Open to the public 12 noon - 5pm. More East Cheshire Organic Growers events. Info - 01625 425192. Directions: From A34 Alderley Edge, take the road signposted Mottram St Andrew. After 1 mile, turn left into Hough Lane.
Sun 7th Aug 2016
Cheshire Game and Angling Fair
, Peover Park, Knutsford, WA16 9HW. http://www.cheshiregameandanglingfair.co.uk/
 


11-14 Aug 2016
Northern Green Gathering, Derbyshire. Workshops and activities, solar and bike powered bands and DJs over 4 stages, all sorts of arts and crafts, Kid's stuff, a large healing garden and a bar. On an organic farm with 4 days camping, composting toilets, showers and a sauna. £72, kids £41. See http://www.nggonline.org.uk/

14+15 Aug 2015
Burren Summer School, run by Green Foundation Ireland: “Art, Food Security and Climate Change”. See GFI website.
17-22 August 2016
Earth First! Summer Gathering, Northamptonshire (location varies annually). A place for people involved in radical green direct action to come together.... to talk....share skills....learn....listen....play....rant.... find out what's going on....scheme....live outdoors....hang out....laugh.... experience non-hierarchical, low impact, family friendly living. Voluntary contribution £20 - 30 (or more), food £6 per day (children £3)(2014 prices). See https://earthfirst.org.uk/actionreports/.
Sat 19th August
The Geology of the Saltscape. Cheshire RIGS (Regionally Important Geographical Sites) are hosting a talk at Lion Salt Works on the geology in and around our Saltscape area. 3-4pm, free. Places limited, booking essential: info[at]saltscape.co.uk. See Saltscape website.

Sun 17th Aug 2014
Middlewich Cycle Action Group Rides, free and for any ability, part of Middlewich Community Games. Set off 2pm from the Boar’s Head. 2 rides: one for families along quieter roads, the other for serious cyclists - 20 miles on country lanes.
17-22 Aug 2016
Earth First Summer Gathering. In 2016 the Summer gathering was in Northants. See http://earthfirstgathering.org/gathering.html.

25 - 29 Aug 2016
Northwich Festival
: Thurs: sportsman's dinner. Friday - independent living, stunts, children's show, sign choir. Sat - women's rugby, music. Sun - junior rugby, motorbikes, music. Mon - car boot,
classic cars, strongmen, music, motorcycle stunts. See website.
26+27 Aug
Walk for Wildlife – 3 Peaks Yorkshire. Walking the 3 highest peaks in Yorkshire, 30 miles, total 5200 feet of climb, serious outdoor walking. Some might do this in 12 hours, not required this time. In aid of wildlife – sponsorship and entrance fee required. Other walks available. See https://www.walking4wildlife.com.

27-29 Aug 2016
Cheshire Games and Country Fair: dogs, equestrian, food, rural crafts, angling. Cheshire County Showground, Flittogate Lane, Knutsford, WA16 0HJ. Website.
Fri 1st Sept
Bat Walk. Find what the bats are eating at the bat cafe and find where they hang out. 7.30-9pm. At Marshall’s Arm, meet at the far end Stones Manor Lane, Hartford. Bring a torch. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For further details and possible other meeting points contact Tom Hunt 07581 719126.
Sat 2nd Sept
Opening the Mammal Traps (Traps set Friday night.) Discover the hidden mammals at Marshalls’ Arm. This is an early and prompt start to minimise the captivity time. 9.30-11am. Meet at the far end of Stones Manor Lane, Hartford. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For further details and possible other meeting points contact Tom Hunt 07581 719126
Sun 3rd Sept
Plant Hunters’ Fair, Ness Botanic Gardens, Wirral, CH64 4AY, 10am – 4pm, £1 (garden optional). See PHF website.

Sun 3rd Sept
Manchester 100km and 100 mile cycle ride, organise sponsorship to make your entry fee worthwhile - £20 for either. See Bike-Events website.

Fri 4th Sept 2015
Feeding Manchester’s 18th Birthday Party, looking back and planning on, finds of recent survey of Feeding Manchester attendees, BBQ and bar. Feeding Manchester is all about sustainable food. £5 to cover vegeburger, salad and soft drink. Bridge-5 Mill in Ancoats, 6pm - 9pm, thereafter in a pub. To register visit: http://goo.gl/SA4MfY
2-4 Sept 2016 Permaculture Convergence, Nell Bank Centre, Ilkley, North Yorkshire. Diverse range of workshops and activities. Lots of practical sessions, project case studies and presentations on all things permaculture. Organic, local and seasonal foods served daily. Bar and café plus ceilidh and cabaret in the evenings. Tickets from 19 April, 10% off until 8 May. Info on Permaculture website.
Sat 3rd Sept 2016
Norley Village Garden Show, Tiger’s Head, 2pm. See www.norleygardening.org.uk
3-18 Sept 2016
Community Energy Fortnight
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Sat 3rd Sept
Open Day at Gtr Manchester TreeStation. Urban woodland, wood waste, upcycling, biomass boiler, drying kiln. Free, 11am – 2pm, W Gorton, Manchester. http://www.ukcec.org/open-day-greater-manchester-treestation-ltd
Sun 4th Sept
Torrs Hydro open afternoon, Archimedes screws. Free, 2-4pm. Romiley, Stockport. http://www.ukcec.org/stockport-hydro-ltd-open-afternoon
Thurs 8th Sept
Fuelling Manchester Social, Oldham. For anyone involved in a Community Energy project or interested in becoming involved or setting one up. 6-10pm, free, booking req’d. http://www.ukcec.org/fuelling-manchester-social-oldham
Sat 10th Sept
Carbon Co-op Social, Alexandra Park, Manchester. Find out about Carbon Co-op's work, meet members and share experiences. Free, 10am – 1pm, booking req’d. http://www.ukcec.org/carbon-co-op-social
Sun 18th Sept
Saddleworth Community Hydro open day, Greenfield, Oldham. 10am – 4pm, free, boking req’d. http://www.ukcec.org/saddleworth-community-hydro-open-day-0
8 + 9 Sept
Wirral Earth Fest is shaping up to be a great family day out on. St. Bridget’s Church and fields in beautiful West Kirby (CH48 3JT). Event on facebook. Last year's details: From 7pm Friday: a talk by thinker and poet Alastair McIntosh (tickets £5), 11am - 5pm Saturday - music, stories and poetry, stalls, food, maypole dancing, craft demonstrations and Eric the Barn Owl. See TTWK website
9 Sept to 2 Oct 2016
SuperHome Open Days 2016, National Energy Foundation, Across the UK. SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for greater comfort, lower bills and far lower carbon emissions – at least 60% lower! See eco renovation at its impressive best as pioneering owners open their doors. To find out more or to pre-book a place on a free tour, visit www.superhomes.org.uk
Manchester, Chorlton, Grange Road. 1900s end terrace. Fri 9th Sept. Link
Manchester, Chorlton Eco Show Home, 1909 Arts and Crafts, Semi Detached. 9+10+11 Sept. Link.
Manchester, Chorlton, Corkland Road, Victorian end of terrace, Sat 10th Sept. Link.
Manchester, Chorlton, Perveril Crescent. 1961 link detached. Sat 10th Sept. Link.
Manchester, St. George’s Road, Mid terrace 1880s, 10+11 Sept. Link.
Manchester, Salford, Hersey Street, Victorian mid-terrace c.1900. 1+2 Oct. Link.

Thurs 9 - Sun 11 Sept 2016
Heritage Open Days, over 40 buildings plus walking tours, free of charge. Examples - Chester Station guided tours, Chester 1914, Chester history, Heritage Skills and Crafts, Mickle Trafford Mill and Organic Beef Farm, various churches, Walk Mill, Stretton Watermill, Macclesfield Silk Museum, Lion Salt (no parking on site), Weaverhall, Norton Priory, Quarry Bank Mill, Widnes Rugby Union FC. Full list and details - http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk Also see local (Cheshire West) website, http://www.heritageopendayschester.co.uk
8-10th Sept
Positive Vibrations Festival. Practical skills for sustainable living., Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, LE12 5SQ, East Midlands, UK. Book Tickets Here. (£55 adults, under 13s £5 for the weekend)

Sat 10th Sept 2016
Liverpool Vegan Festival, 10-5. http://www.viva.org.uk/festivals/liverpool-2016
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Sun 11th Sept 2016
Nottingham Green Festival, The Arboretum, Nottingham. www.nottmgreenfest.org.uk

Sun 11th Sept 2016
Plant Fair, Arley Hall, 10am - 4pm. Adults £1.50 (£1 in advance from website), children free. www.arleyhallandgardens/events   

Sat 12th Sept 2015
Northwich Salt Heritage Open Day. Heritage sites across Northwich will open for free with exclusive access to restricted areas, free tours, walks and talks celebrating our unique industrial heritage. Activities will take place at various locations across the town including; Northwich Town Centre, Northwich Community Woodlands, Lion Salt Works Museum and the Anderton Boat Lift with free transport available. Booking may be required for some tours/activities. http://www.saltscape.co.uk/event/northwich-salt-heritage-open-day/
Sat 12th Sept 2015
Wigan Diggers' Festival, free Open Air Festival celebrating, via the medium of poetry, music and song, film and a range of other activities, the life and ideas of Wigan born and bred Gerrard Winstanley (1609-1676) and the 17th Century ‘Diggers’ movement he became the inspirational theorist and spokesperson of. Plus stalls and very likely other activities. On facebook. 
Sat 13th Sept 2014
Social Saturday, a day to celebrate and buy from social enterprises - businesses that put people and planet first. Every purchase we make has an impact on the world we live in. Social enterprises trade to tackle some of the greatest challenges we face, like unemployment and food waste. Support them on Social Saturday. See http://www.socialsaturday.org.uk
Sat 13th Sept 2014
Triodos AGM, 10am-4pm, Bristol (Triodos - a bank that lends for environmental, social and cultural causes). See Triodos website
13th Sept(always 13th, unless that's Sunday, when it moves to Monday) 2017
Conwy Honey Fair
Conwy High Street and Lancaster Square LL32 8DB, 9am to 4pm.  Free admission, 9am - 4pm. With crafts and produce. See http://www.conwybeekeepers.org.uk/fairs-festivals/visitor-information/
Thurs 14th Sept
Food for Free. Popular event hosted by the Rangers and FoAM at Marbury Country Park. It includes a 2 hr walk followed by preparing, cooking and tasting. You may need to bring your lunch! Meet 10.30am at the Rangers’ Cabin/Marbury Lodge. Info: Chris Moseley 01606 77741

Fri 15th Sept
Mikron Theatre present “In at the Deep End”, Winsford Academy Theatre. Online booking form and trailer video on the Over Allotments Association website here: Mikron Theatre visit - In At The Deep End

15-17 Sept
Offline Festival is an ‘unconference’ in the countryside. A collaborative weekend of inspiring speakers, hands-on workshops and insightful experiences where connections are sparked, inspiration overflows and ideas come to play. Skills-based learning, business development, social entrepreneurs, financial sustainability, get creative and spark ideas! Organised by Project Dirt. £68 before 30th April, then £105; 5-12 years £32, under 5s free, cars + campervans extra, some tents to hire. Book on Eventbrite.
 
14-18 Sept 2016
Winsford Salt Fair and Regatta. See Winsford website, also on facebook.
Sat 16th Sept
Little Leigh Village Show, details to follow (watch facebook).
15-19 Sept 2014
GGO West Winsford Environment Week
18+19 Sept 2015
Northwich Beer Festival. Tickets from Memorial Court, the Information Centre and Jack Gee Cycles. www.northwichbeerfestival.co.uk
20+21 Sept 2013
Big Dee Day Clean-up, litter picking, shopping-trolley-hauling, tree and bulb planting. Supported by CWAC, Flintshire CC and Natural Resources Wales. For details and to register, see http://www.talkingwestcheshire.org/default.aspx?page=5164
Sat 17th Sept 2016
Kingsley Autumn Market
, with Kingsley Transition Initiative. A range of local produce, bread, cakes, jams, vegetables – meet the producers! Kingsley Community Centre WA6 8ED, 9.30am – 1pm. On facebook.
 
Sat 16th Sept
Barnton Flower and Produce Show, Barnton Community Primary School. Entries 9.30-11, open to public 1.45 on. With Harvest Bring and Buy. Competition Schedule on facebook. Event on facebook.
16-19 Sept 2016
The Great British Beach Clean - (Nationally Friday, 8am - Monday 7pm). Nearest probably Mockbeggar Wharf, Wallasey, 12-3pm Saturday, see MSC website. Or Thurstaston, 1.30 – 3pm, also Saturday, see MSC website. Other events - http://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/events
Tues 20th Sept 2016
The Green Building Roadshow EcoShowcase, a forum for local businesses, buyers and specifiers, to debate these issues and learn from industry professionals, specialist suppliers and expert speakers. Old Trafford Football Stadium, 10am - 2pm, free, registration required. See http://www.ecoshowcase.co.uk/cities/manchester/ 
17 + 18 Sept 2016
Festival of Thrift, Darlington
. The national Festival of Thrift is a FREE fun celebration of everyday living with upcycling, recycling and finding the sassiness in sustainable living! See http://festivalofthrift.co.uk/
 
Sun 21st Sept each year
International Day of Peace see http://internationaldayofpeace.org/. With World Peace Meditation Saturday, 24th Sept this year.
22nd Sept every year
World Car Free Day, or 'In Town Without My Car" See Environmental.Transport Association's website

Sat 23rd Sept
Fungal Hunts in Marbury Country Park. Fungal Punk Dave returns to Marbury for another unforgettable search for fungi large and small. Some rough ground. Morning and afternoon sessions. No charge but group numbers limited, so booking essential. Info: Brenda Yates 01565 733197
 

Sun 24th Sept
Plant Hunters’ Fair, Abbeywood Gardens, Delamere, CW8 2HS, 10am – 5pm, fair and gardens £3. See PHF website.

September 26th
Pitfalls of Gardening for Wildlife, Sue Makin. (Some photos of the garden in 2015). Notes taken when Sue visited in 2016. With Weaverham and District Gardeners, 7.30pm, University Primary Academy Weaverham, Northwich Road, (was Wallerscote Primary School). Website.

Wed 28th Sept 2016
Ploughing and Hedgelaying Match, Ashley Hall Farm, Hale, Altrincham, WA14 3QA. Includes Youth Match. £10. Website
1+2 Oct 2016
Second Wirral Wader Festival. CWT with organisers Wader Quest, plus Wirral Council, the RSPB and the Dee Estuary Voluntary Wardens on the Wirral peninsula - one of the best places in the UK to see wading birds at this time of year. Bring your binoculars!  http://www.waderquest.org/p/wirral-wader-festival.html. Event on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/wirralwaderfest.

Sun 1st Oct
Meet the Fungal Family. Learn how to identify different fungi in this fungal treasure hunt through the woods. Chris Poole will be around to give tips on photographing any finds. 10am-12. At Marshall’s Arm: meet at Hartford Manor School turning circle on Stones Manor Lane. For further details contact Pam Lamb 01606 75520 or Tom Hunt, 07581 719126

Sun 2nd Oct 2016
Macmillan Cyletta Cheshire, ladies only sponsored bike ride, Mereheath Drive, Tatton Park, from midday. Entry £29, sponsorship only goes to Macmillan, free parking. See Bikeweek website. 

6-8 Oct
CAT Conference: expert-led workshops and ideas-sharing, with low carbon meals, music, dancing and local beers.
Children’s activities. Adults from £150. http://support.cat.org.uk/cat-annual-conference or call Penny, 01654 705988  or members[at]cat.org.uk
Saturday 8th Oct 2016
Orchard 49 Presents Apple Day - Seymour Grove Allotments, next to Kings Road Primary School, Warwick Court, M16 0JG near Old Trafford station, 12pm - 3pm. Taste heritage apple varieties, fresh-pressed apple juice, home made cakes, cuppa and stroll around orchard and allotments. See Project Dirt website.

Sun 8th Oct
Autumn Bird Walk, Northwich Woodlands. See Migrating and Wintering Birds at Haydn’s Pool, Ashton’s and Neumann’s Flashes. From: 10am – 12. Meet: Cumberland Car Park, Northwich Info: David Bullock 01606 781981
Sun 9th Oct 2016
Mushroom Walk, Arley. 2-4pm, Arley Hall and Gardens. £5 (garden admission), walk free. Booking essential: see Arley website. 

Wed 11th Oct
Hedgelaying for Beginners. Try your hand at this traditional craft, all equipment will be provided. 10am – 4pm at the Rangers’ Cabin, Marbury Country Park. Booking essential. Info: Chris Moseley on 01606 77741 or email: chris.moseley[at]cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
Wed 15th Oct 2014

2014 VSNW Annual Conference and AGM, learn more about and debate the latest issues affecting the sector. Organisation membership £20 pa, entitles you to 2 conference places. Manchester. See VSNW website
Sat 15th Oct 2016
Northern Vegan Festival, At five venues in Manchester, 10am - 6pm at four of them. Stalls, films, vegan beer and cider. £3, under 16s free. See http://www.northernveganfestival.com/; for films aee http://www.manchesterfoe.org.uk/events/event/film-screenings-northern-vegan-festival/.
Sat 14th and Sun 15th Oct
Green Woodworking. Spend the weekend making small items of furniture out of natural materials, such as hazel. Items will include small tables, stools and chairs. No previous woodworking experience required. Booking Only. Info: Dave James on 01606 77741 or email: david.james[at]cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
19-23 Oct 2016

Grand Designs Live
, NEC Birmingham. Interiors, kitchens, bathrooms, gardens, build, technology. £12, £15 aqt weekend
, children free. Booking: 0844 854 1348, www.granddesignslive.com.
Sat 29th Oct
Incredible Edible Conference, Wigan. Free expert help on funding, attracting volunteers, perfect presentations, enterprising ideas and engaging businesses, with experts ready to answer your questions. 10:30 to 15:30 at The Mill - ALRA NORTH, Trencherfield Mill, Heritage Way, Wigan, WN3 4BL. See Incredible Edible website, use contact page for more info.

Sun 29th Oct
Trees in the Park. A guided walk looking at the wide variety of trees in Marbury Country Park, including the Arboretum. Meet: 10 am at the Rangers’ Cabin/Marbury Lodge. Info: Mary Jeeves 01606 77688

Tues 31st Oct
Flora and Fauna of Marbury Park, with Chris Mosely. With Weaverham and District Gardeners, 7.30pm, University Primary Academy Weaverham, Northwich Road, (was Wallerscote Primary School). Website.
Wed 1st Nov
ART ATTACK! Skeletons and Magic Carpets – be creative with natural materials. 1-3pm. At Marshall’s Arm: meet at Heron Gates, Saxon's Lane
(levelish access) (near the Marina), or Stones Manor Lane entrance. More info: Georgia Winstanley 07979 555687

Thurs 3rd Nov
UNITE the UNION sponsored anti-fracking conference
. 6.30 - 9.30pm, Creativity Works, 33 Shepherd Street, Preston, PR1 3UE. More details to follow.
Thurs 5th Nov 2015
National Soil Symposium (The top 10 inches: practical ways to build great soil), and Down and Dirty: a Celebration of Soil. Replacing the Soil Association conference. Bristol. See http://www.soilassociation.org/soilsymposium.
4-6 Nov 2016
The Northern Homebuilding and Renovation Show
, Harrogate. See http://harrogate.homebuildingshow.co.uk/

Sat 4th Nov 2017
Mushroom Day with James Wood. Wilmslow. More details awaited. See https://transitionwilmslow.co.uk.

7, 8, 9, 10 Nov 2016
Energy Saving Week, help manage your fuel bills, methods to save energy and money, signposting to information and support. 10am-12 in the following libraries:

Winsford - 7th Nov
Northwich - 8th Nov
Chester - 9th Nov
Ellesmere Port - 10th Nov




11-13 Nov 2016
PassivHaus Open Days
, nearest are Newport (Staffs) and Heaton Mersey. See Passivhaus Trust website
Sat 15th Nov 2014
Winsford Beer Festival
Sat 26th Nov 2016
Frodsham Christmas Festival Transition Frodsham have a stall at this event on the Station Car Park.

Wed 23rd Nov 2016
Heat Conference 2016, "from global agreement to local action". From £120, London. See http://www.heatconference.co.uk/
23-29 Nov 2015
Road Safety Week, coordinated by Brake, raising awareness about road safety. See Road Safety Week website.  Also show patience, consideration and responsibility, slow to 20mph in communities, take care at junctions and bends, give room; and cyclists and pedestrians - be seen. See look out for each other campaign.
Fri 27th Nov (last Friday in November) 2015
Buy Nothing Day - forget being a consumer. see http://www.buynothingday.co.uk
Sat 25th Nov
Mammal Trapping. Join Marbury Ranger Chris Moseley to open the mammal traps set in Marbury Country Park. Meet 9.30 am at the Rangers’ Cabin/Marbury Lodge. Info: Jim Jeeves 01606 77688
Sun 26th Nov
Marshall’s Army Taster. Try what the Marshall’s Arm Volunteer group do, helping manage the woodland and natural habitats in the Reserve. Hot dog taster too!! 10am-12. Meet at far end of Stones Manor Lane. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Richard Haffenden 01606 76058


28th (Edinburgh), 29th (London) Nov 2015
Climate March, with Global Justice Now and others. Or go to Paris on 12th Dec, or help organise actions and meetings locally. See Global Justice Now website. Transport to London from Manchester Chorlton St Bus Station 7pm, return 10.30ish - book on Eventbrite. In Cardiff (28th): see Stop Climate Chaos Cymru website. In Edinburgh (28th): see Stop Climate Chaos Scotland website. In Belfast, (29th): see facebook. In London (29th): see CampaignCC website.
National Tree Week
29 November to 7 December 2014. For tree planting packs for schools and community groups, see the Woodland Trust website.

Sat 3rd Dec 2016
Hartford Victorian Christmas, Hartford Church and church rooms, 10-3.

Saturday 3 Dec 2016
Christmas Craft and Gift Fayre at Anderton Memorial Hall 10 til 3:30. With Handmade Christmas gifts fair. See Stallfinder website.


5 December, every year:
World Soil Day, in 2016 celebrating 'Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life'. See FAO website.

Sun 17th Dec
FoAM’s Christmas Decorations Workshop. Come to our annual workshop to create some stunning decorations for your home from natural materials gathered in the woodlands. From: 10 am – 12 pm by the Rangers’ Cabin/Marbury Lodge. Info: Joanne Redley 01606 44728