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December 2018

Festive Food - too good to waste!

Dear <<Name>>
The end of the year is soon approaching and the winter festive season is now upon us - an annual opportunity to rest, reflect, and of course celebrate!

Despite it being the traditional season of excess, we can still seek ways for Christmas to have less impact upon our environment - including through festive food that we consume yet all too often waste. 

This month's Bio Blog (excerpt below) by Vic Borrill of the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership (BHFP, a Biosphere partner organisation) illustrates some simple steps that we can all take to reduce our typical food waste at this time of year.
Further ideas and information on how to help reduce and avoid food waste in our local area are also available in BHFP's 'WoW!' piece (see below).

Meanwhile if you can spare some food (or money, or time) for people in need this season, then do take a look at BHFP's 'Guide to where to donate this Christmas'.
BHFP also have ideas for local tips on food-related festive gifts.

And these busy people have just launched a new food strategy action plan, including a bid to Go for Gold 'Sustainable Food City' status! Find out how everyone can play a part in our Spotlight piece.  

Lastly, you'll find a good number of seasonal  activities in our 'Eco Events' calendar (below). And for the traditional Xmas walk, check out our monthly 'Nature Now' calendar (below) and 'Explore TLC' interactive web map for inspiration on where to go and what you might find when you get there. 

Warmest season's greetings to all!
Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership
Bio Blog - Festive Food, too good to waste!
by Vic Borrill, Director of the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

People don’t like to admit to wasting food, but it happens all year round and especially when the Christmas shopping frenzy means more food than usual has been bought.

Food waste prevention messages are the same all year round, and the payoff is more cash in your pocket come January, as well as a tasty way of doing something that prevents climate change.

1. Plan It – use a handy planner to work out how much to buy to get perfect portions.
Plus do you really like sprouts? (a quarter of the UK population say they ‘hate them’!)

2. Store Properly – manage your fridge and freezer, by having an alternative (such as a cold entrance porch) to shoving in as much as possible!
Freeze food and keep it for later to avoid it being wasted – just about anything can be frozen! There are also ways that you can store food plastic-free.

3. Love Your Leftovers! – get creative with what you get left with - the best option is those “once in a lifetime dishes”, where the ingredients are truly what is leftover and don’t require buying more food to make them.
Read Blog
WoW! - Window on Our World
Avoiding Food Waste - 
Follow the 5 S's for how you can make a difference locally in The Living Coast 
WoW! - read on
Eco Events
Wild seasonal cheer on offer this month includes: 
- Ocean Species family workshop, Brighton Marina - Sat 1st pm
- Winter Tree Day, Lewes - Sun 2nd am
- Winter Owls walk, Woods Mill - Fri 7th pm
- Christmas Game cookery course, Brighton - Sat 15th pm
- Xmas Wildlife walk, Woods Mill - Weds 19th am
View Calendar
Nature Now

The winter evergreen “Holly and the Ivy” stand out in the leafless woods, whilst the shortest day of winter solstice approaches
What's happening in nature?
Volunteering & Jobs

Different opportunities available currently include:
- Project Manager for the Brighton & Hove House Sparrows project (part-time, voluntary)
- New spaces available for food-growing, wellbeing & education groups at Stanmer Park

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