Community Fund – Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens – June Update

0be899b2-2b9d-4c05-89b9-f6cca18cbcd6While the new hospital buildings go up around us the ‘Growing Space’ is developing!
Fruit and veg are once again growing well and so are our plans. The mood board above was one of many produced at the conclusion of concept and design workshops facilitated by the hospital’s Public Social Partnership Team. Staff, patients, volunteers and representatives from many organisations contributed. Progress on the ground in the gardens has focussed on temporary and experimental features.

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How it’s made: Bagasse vs Polystyrene infographic

Here at Vegware, we often get asked about how our eco-materials are made, and how they compare to plastics like EPS (expanded polystyrene). All of our packaging made from plants comes from renewable sources, so we made this infographic about how bagasse and EPS are made to help spread the word! Give it a click to learn more!

an infographic explaining bagasse vs polystyrene plastic production and how bagasse is made from renewable plant sources where polystyrene is made from fossil fuels
Bagasse and polystyrene come from very different sources – renewable plants vs fossil fuels. Here’s how they’re made.

Community Fund – Fundación Fauna de la Amazonia – May Update

Well, here is the latest news from the Colonia 24 de mayo, Canton Mera, Pastaza, Ecuador…………. and there have been some mixed happenings………………….!

When Pete returned recently from further ventures in the USA, he brought with him an Unpersonned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and he has filmed some amazing footage, from above, of the area around, and including, the Fundación’s land. Here is a link to his first film which shows the location of the ‘finca’ (farm or land property in Spanish)………………………..

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Having a summer event?

As summer unfolds and people take to the outdoors to enjoy the weather, the opportunities for outdoor catering increase exponentially. With warewashing usually unavailable in pop-up outdoor venues across the country, single use disposable packaging is often the most viable option for traders.

If you’re reading this, you probably already know that Vegware provides packaging made from plants that is designed to be recycled with food waste, simplifying waste management for all parties. However, you may not know just how many great products we have for barbecue season. Our wine goblets, rectangular plates and wide bowls are all great value gems that can help events of all sizes go swimmingly:

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Community Fund – Garden Gate – May Update

Hello from the Garden Gate…

Joe Gardening Course[1]It’s a beautiful sunny day in Margate and we are busy making arrangements for our Music Day on Saturday 18th July, entertainment is being organised for a fun filled day… We will keep you posted with our progress in our next update…

We recently recruited our first apprentice support worker, 23 year old Joe Guy from Westgate, who has also become the 900th apprentice to be placed through KCC’s Kent Employment Programme. Joe is fast becoming a real asset to the garden and we are very happy with his progress.

We have just completed our ‘Introduction to Gardening’ course.  This is the second year we have run the 8 week course in collaboration with East Kent Colleges ‘Learning in Communities’ initiative.  Everyone really enjoyed the course and learnt lots of new skills.

Vegware is SME of the year!

Award-Winner-Email-Footer copyWe won! Vegware is now the proud owner of a rather fetching Scottish Business in the Community award for SME of the year!

SBC is one of The Prince’s Charities and Scotland’s leading organisation in responsible business practices. The awards celebrate companies of all sizes across all sectors, supporting and developing business practices that enrich Scotland’s communities, conserve and improve the environment and achieve long term sustainability. In short, helping better business make Scotland a better place in which to live and work.

Jane Wood, CEO of Scottish Business in the Community, said: “This is the first year we’ve opened the Awards to all businesses in Scotland. There’s a huge amount of excellent work around the responsible business agenda taking place within our communities. Picking a winner was incredibly difficult, but we are delighted to have Vegware as our SME of the year”.

 

Community Fund – Edinburgh Garden Partners – May Update

It’s busy busy here at EGP, new gardens to be shared, new volunteers on board and we’re running around matching everyone up! This month 2 lovely volunteers have completed the more advanced horticulture course run by our super helpful colleagues at the ‘Bridgend Growing Community’. Placing keen volunteer gardeners on this course would not be possible without the support of the Vegware grant so huge thanks from us, from the lucky volunteers and ultimately from the garden owners benefiting!

Community Fund – Bately Girls High School – May Update

The extended school activity “It’s up to You” was hosted by the school for the Howden Clough community and yr8 student Drew Lewis who attends the farm club on a regular basis has been able to purchase some animal runs that will enhance the community farm visit to the school for the local community visitors and school students.

Quail from the local Batley Boy Business & Enterprise Centre have been exchanged for some of our own ducklings and will be housed in the animal runs until the Aviary at the farm is complete.

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Community Fund – Clipperton Project – May Update

11391237_655588970185_1408541143381683097_nThis month, Molly Allam Keep, our volunteer in Mexico headed home after a successful year working with The Clipperton Project.

In Scotland, at Bowling Basin, we held a volunteer day on the 15th May. Nine volunteers spent a day clearing the river beach of glass and debris. We also screen printed re-usable tote bags with the phrase I Love Bowling.

Volunteers visited Clydebank College and worked with a group of young people participating in an access to work class. The group learned about different volunteering opportunities, spoke about their inspirations and mapped the 7 design principles of the World Cafe.

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