TLC Bulletin - November 2017

Nature Now

What's happening in nature this month

Coming Up...

Events in your

Please visit our events calendar for full details of all of the events listed below and others too!

Sun 5th Nov, 10am-midday - Castle Hill Group, Newhaven Fort (NTC)

Wed 8th Nov, 6pm-8pm - Sustainability event: Resilience and Hope in Action, Brighthelm Centre, Brighton (RSA)

Wed 8th Nov, 7pm-9pm - OVESCO Sunny Solar Schools launch, LInklater Pavilion, Lewes (Community Energy South)

Wed 15th Nov, 7pm-10pm - Tree Charter Launch, Kings Church, Lewes (Woodland Trust)

Thurs 16th Nov, 9.30am-1pm - Energy Saving Workshops for SMEs, Brighthelm Centre, Brighton (Sustainable Business Partnership)

Fri 17th Nov, 7.30pm-10pm - 'Tomorrow' film screening, Ditchling Village Hall (HKDT)

Sat 18th Nov, 10.30am –1pm - Wildlife Rangers 12-16yrs, Stanmer Park, £5 (SWT)

Tue Nov 28th, 7.45pm-9.45pm - Beginner's Guide to Electric Cars, White Horse Inn, Ditchling (HKDT)

Thurs Nov 30th, 6pm - Procession for Lost Pollinators, Brighton (ONCA)

Mon 18th Dec, 10am-midday - Christmas Wreath Walk, Saddlescombe Farm (NT)

Tues 19th Dec, 10am-2pm - Wildlife Rangers 12-16yrs, Stanmer Park. £10 (SWT)
Volunteers, Jobs & Opportunities
Could you be an Energy Hero?
BHESCo are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help run their energy advice desks this winter, advising vulnerable residents about reducing their fuel bills and staying warm. Email

Education officer vacancy at Railway Land Wildlife Trust
For more info visit RLWT website. To apply email Helen Meade by 10th Nov.

Volunteer as a Citizen Scientist
Team Pollinate need local allotment growers to volunteer as ‘Citizen Scientists‘ and gather data on which insects are pollinating their food. 

Volunteer with FareShare Sussex
Volunteer drivers and warehouse assistants needed to help redistribute surplus food to community groups and charities (4 hours Tues / Weds). 

November 2017

Power to the People!

Dear <<Name>>

Now that the dark nights are drawing in, our activity naturally turns indoors - although there's still outdoor interest to be found as highlighted in our monthly Nature Now diary.
And with the central heating back on and lights shining bright, it seems a good time to consider the energy that we consume and how we can be more efficient in our use and more discerning on its source - by actively supporting local community energy.

The community energy movement
has witnessed tremendous growth in the UK over recent years, including here in The Living Coast where we can boast several high-profile groups that are bringing renewable energy to local homes, supporting local business and tackling fuel poverty. See the 'WoW' section (below left) for details of our community energy groups, as well as our Spotlight feature on Brighton & Hove-based BHESCo.

This month’s Bio Blog (excerpt below right) by BHESCO (Brighton & Hove Energy Services Coop) explores the great growth and many benefits of the community energy movement and the value of "keeping it local".  There's an array of different ethical investment opportunities with local low-carbon energy providers, with positive impacts on the environment, society including people living in cold homes, and the local economy - plus a healthy return to members. What's not to like?!

This month we have a mixture of both indoor and outdoor eco-events featured in our Calendar (summary list, left), hopefully something available for all interests. And if you're keen to get more involved, take a look at our local volunteer and job opportunities (below left) also. 

Wishing you warmth this winter!

Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World

Community Energy Groups

A range of local groups are active across The Living Coast area, including:

~ BHESCo - an-award winning community energy co-op that works on renewable energy systems, improving energy efficiency, reducing fuel bills and fuel poverty.  Learn more.

~ Brighton Energy Cooperative (BEC) - active in Brighton and beyond since 2010, BEC has now built over £1.5 million worth of community-owned renewable energy schemes.

~ OVESCo - develops local renewable energy in Lewes District and East Sussex, in partnership with schools, businesses and community groups.

~ HKD Energy - Hurstpierpoint, Keymer and Ditchling Transition promotes community renewable energy here.

~ Community Energy South - an umbrella body and regional hub for local community energy groups to grow as sustainable low carbon businesses.

For home energy efficiency advice and help with fuel bills, see your local authority:
- Brighton and Hove
- Adur & Worthing
- East Sussex


Bio Blog

Keeping Our Energy Local

We are in the midst of a seismic shift in the way we use and consume energy. The age when coal and nuclear power have dominated the supply market is over. Gigantic power stations will soon be history.

Developments like electric cars, smart grids, battery storage and demand response will make a huge difference to our relationship with energy by making it more local.

We, as communities, are now truly able for the first time to seize control of our energy future. Community energy groups are owned by residents, so any profits made can be reinvested in developing more local energy projects.

Nationally, the community energy movement has grown  tremendously, now boasting 222 organisations that generate 121MW of clean renewable energy - enough to power 85,500 homes with  reduced carbon emissions of 110,000 tonnes since 2002.

In a whole range of ways, whether its creating jobs, reducing bills, or improving health, it is very clear that "keeping it local" has tremendous benefits
...  read full blog

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