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January 2013
Welcome to January's issue of the Green Camden

This month we're helping you kick start the new year with some green resolutions. Get involved with the latest swishing craze at The Grafton clothing exchange,become energy savvy with our free energy efficiency event and boost your new fitness regime with the Camden Green Gym!

To keep up to date with more green events and offers going on this month in Camden, visit our
Facebook page.
Consultation on new heat network for Somers Town

Somers Town residents are invited to learn about plans to develop a new low carbon heat network for estates, currently on communal boilers, in the area. Come along and find out more about the project and give your views on the proposed planning application.

Find out more by emailing or call 0207 974 5657.

Thursday 17 January, 4 - 6pm, and Saturday 19 January,
10- 11am, Coopers Lane, TRA Hall, 2 Hampden Close, NW1 1HW (off Purchese Street)
Swap instead of shop

De-clutter your wardrobe of all the items you guiltly hang onto but never wear and let them be loved by someone else, while hunting down new items to take home in exchange.

Don't miss out on your fun, sustainable, wallet-friendly monthly fashion fix at The Grafton clothing exchange.

Saturday 19 January, 12 - 5pm, 20 Prince of Wales Road, NW5 3LG
Nappaccino real nappy talk

All expectant and new parents are invited to come along and find out about the different types of real nappies available. There will be practical demonstrations and an opportunity to have any questions answered.

Thursday 24 January, 12.30 - 2.30pm, Hampstead Community Centre, 78 Hampstead High Street, NW3 1RE
Big Garden Birdwatch

Over the weekend of the 26 - 27 February, get involved in the RSPB's largest wildlife survey and help collect important information about bird numbers in your local area.

All you need to do is count the birds in your garden or local park for one hour and report what you see.

Get ready for your Birdwatch at

Saturday 26 - Sunday 27 February, nationwide.
Start your green detox in 2013

Learn to decipher some of the most common toxic ingredients found in your home and personal care products with Transition Primrose Hill's hands-on workshop.

Find and make organic replacements made with everyday ingredients. Participants can take away 4 or 5 products they make.

Cost: £15, payable in advance at the shop. Only 10 places.

For more information email:

Sunday 27 January, 6 - 9.30pm, Mary's Living and Giving, 109 Regents Park Road, NW1 8UR
Improve the energy efficiency of your home

Come along to Green Camden's free energy event and pick up some tips and advice on how you can save energy and reduce your household bills.

There will be an opportunity to talk to our advisors on how you can reduce your energy consumption, see practical demonstrations on how to improve insulation in your home and check to see if you can get a better deal from your energy company.

Reserve your place by emailing

All attendees will receive a 'Get started kit' with a range of free energy efficiency measures. (Available while stocks last).

Saturday 2 February, 11am - 1pm, Lumen cafe, 88 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9RT
Wildlife on your Waterways

Our colleagues in Parks and Open spaces are working with the London Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife on your Waterways project to offer new volunteering opportunities at Baynes Street Canalside Garden. Volunteers are needed to help manage the site through a range of conservation activities.

To find out more or get involved please contact Martin Thompson on

Tuesday 5 February, more details available on request.

Have your say on Shops and Shopping in Primrose Hill

Transition Primrose Hill are asking local residents what they want from their local shops and to generate ideas for ways to make sure their shopping streets remain independent.

Join the discussion at Primrose Hill Community Library.

They have created a survey to see what people do buy locally (especially food) and what they would like to buy. Have your say online.  Hard copies are available from the library.

Thursday 7 February, 7.30pm,  Primrose Hill Community Library, Sharpleshall Street, NW1 8YN

Camden Green Gym: new project starting

An exciting new garden is planned for the Oasis Sports Centre this year thanks to a new Green Gym project being launched by The Conservation Volunteers, Greenwich Leisure Limited and Camden Council.

Get involved and help build a food growing space. This is a great opportunity to get active, keep fit and test out your green fingers.

Find out more about this and other projects at Camden Green Gym.

First session: Saturday 9 February, 10am - 6pm, Oasis Sports Centre, 168 -173 High Holborn, WC1V 6JJ
Go Green Week 2013

Get your university, college or school involved in this annual national week of green action. This year's theme is to make a personal climate pledge. Prizes are up for grabs for the institution that pledges to save the most carbon.

Find out more at

First session: Saturday 9 February, 10am - 6pm, Oasis Sports Centre, 168 -173 High Holborn, WC1V 6JJ
Animated guide to electric vehicles

Do you know your Hybrid from your E-Rev?

Our new guide to electric vehicles will give you a quick synopsis of everything you need to know about the different types of plug-in vehicles available, and what would work best for you.

View the brand new guide at
'Books for Free' brought to you by Healthy Planet

Looking for a new read? Pick up a free book in Camden and rescue it from being sent to landfill with Healthy Planets' 'Books for Free' initiative. You can also donate your unwanted books at the store.

Find out more about the scheme at

Open Monday - Friday, 147 Fortess Road, NW5 2HP (next to Tuffnell Park tube station)
Hampstead Parish Churchyard Sound Trail

Want to find out more about Camden’s green spaces? Listen to the Life and Death in Hampstead Sound Trail, which was launched in December 2012 as the last phase of a Heritage Lottery Fund project at Hampstead Parish Churchyard.

The sound trail has extracts from over forty recorded interviews about some of the people buried in the churchyard, from the well-known (such as painter John Constable, inventor John Harrison and actress Kay Kendall) to the almost forgotten.

Managing flood risk in Camden: Tell us what you think

We will soon be consulting on our new Camden flood risk management strategy. The strategy explains what we will be doing to reduce flood risk across the borough as well as plans for specific schemes in areas we believe are most at risk.

We would like to hear your thoughts, as well as any information you have on flooding in your area by filling out our online survey at

If you have any questions, please email

Save the date: consultation begins on Monday 11 February.

Find out what happens to your recycling

We are offering free visits to the London Bywaters recycling facility for residents to find out more about the recycling process.

The centre employs state of the art technology to recover a different material at every point of the process, generating 15 different material streams for recycling.

To register your interest email
Inspire others to green their homes

Have you cut your bills, increased your home comfort and reduced your carbon footprint by refurbishing your home? Would you like to inspire others to green their homes by hosting an open house event as part of SuperHomes Week (16 – 24 March)?

Open home events are a great way for people to find out how they can make their own home more efficient!

To find out more and register your interest please visit:

Tell us what you are doing

We always want to hear from you. If you have anything you wish to share with your fellow Green Camdeners please email us or share it with us on our Facebook page

A big thank you to all those who have liked our page so far.

Please note that you are advised to do your own research into any external events or offers, not offered by Camden Council.
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Capital Clean up community grant scheme

Groundwork London is working in partnership with the Greater London Authority to inspire and enable Londoners to make the capital a cleaner, greener and safer place to live, work and play in.

Grants of £200 - £2,000 are available to community groups and third sector organisations who are working to plan and implement a clean-up initiative in their community

Download an application form and guidance online.
Contact us
Sustainability team
London Borough of Camden
Argyle Street
London WC1H 8EQ

Tel: 020 7974 3134


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